Due to the long wait after the cliffhanger episode of Star Trek: TNG, some of us have decided to come up with a new script everyone here can appreciate:
"Central Pennsylvania, the boring frontier. Our mission, to seek good times, to find a quiet restful atmosphere, and a real groovy arts festival. To go, (without getting a citation), where no student has gone before."
Star Trek: The Netnews Generation
Scene 1: Riker, Data, and Lt. Yarn are standing at the top of huge depression scooped out the earth.
Riker: Data, what is the purpose of these seats, and the white lines on the floor of the depression?
Data: Unknown, Commander. Note, however, that there are 101 such lines spaced exactly 0.9144 meters apart. Clearly, Commander, this artifact is artificial.
Riker: Could it be the Borg?
Lt. Yarn: There are charred remains of Skateboards and Milk Crates all over. That's a classic Borg signature.
Suddenly Worf runs up.
Worf: Commander, I am detecting emissions from the cooling system of a 3090! It's them.
Riker: Let's get back to the ship! Energize.
Put neat promo sounds here. Cut to Toftree commercial.
Scene 2: The Bridge.
Wesley : A large blue cube is rising from the planet to meet us.
Picard: On screen!
On the screen, we see the magnification of a large blue cube:
VM/XA SP ONLINE
SSSSS S S BBBB OOOO RRR GGGG SS TTTTT A TTTTT EEEE B B O O R R G SS T A A T E BBBB O O RRR G GG SS T A A T EEE B B O O R R G G S S T AAAAA T E BBBB OOOO R R GGGG SSSSS T A A T EEEE
Center for BORG Computing. Only for use authorized by Intergalactic Borg Machines.
*********************** System Configuration: * * * Borg State * IBM ES/3090-600S * University * 6 Vector Facilities * * 512 Million Minds * * 512 Collective Minds * 2 0 4 8 9 * 96 Mind Links * * 0.5 Picosecond Clock ** ** * * VM/XA SP 2 + PR/SM ** ** *** LOGON TLM108 RUNNING BORGVM
The sound of organ music, combined with the wheezing noises of an oversized coolant system emanates from the speakers.
Worf: Captain, we have encountered the Borg.
Picard: Open a channel.
Worf: They are opening a telnet session with us.
Picard: Data, are we running the patched version of sendmail?
Data: Yes Captain, version 5.64 from Berkeley.
Borg: YOU HAVE NO PARKING PERMIT! PUT YOUR TRANSMISSION IN NEUTRAL AND PREPARE TO BE TOWED!
Picard: But the sign said parking 7am to 7pm.
Borg: SIGNS ARE IRRELEVENT! PARKING IS FUTILE! YOU WILL BE TOWED!
Data: They are attempting to intimidate your department head sir.
Jorda: Sendmail daemon is being probed. Modulating character set. I think ASCII has them confused!
Lt. Yarn: Data, be prepared to used mixed case with all caps, they have problems reading that.
Picard: Be warned, some of our people have tenure.
Data: Captain, Borg are going through personnel files. Borg are firing our key personnel.
Picard: They can't do that. Load usenet feed. Fire a batch of news.
Worf: No effect. They have disk space to spare.
Data: Captain, apparently they have sufficient computing power even though their equipment is obsolete.
Picard: Break SMTP connection. Prepare to make a run for the Toftree nebula in sector Boalsburg.
Data: Borg pursuing. We seem to have temporarily lost them.
Scene 3: Captain Picard is touring the ship.
Guinan: You look depressed.
Picard: It looks rather bleak, yes.
Guinan: When my university became a branch campus for the Borg, we thought all Academic freedom and daytime parking had died. But we survived. As long as a single good teacher exists, you'll survive.
Picard: (Smiles grimly.) I hope so.
(Sound of thudding hitting the hull. Picard's communicator beeps.)
Picard: Picard here.
Worf: Captain, the Borg are mailing us pre-registration bills. Can our VISA shields afford this?
Picard: No. Prepare to exit Boalsburg Nebula. Picard out.
Scene 4: The bridge.
Worf: Captain, the Borg have sent a message. The say that, before they destroy us, if we like, we can send them a check for their Alumni Association. They claim to be a non-profit destructive hoard.
Picard: That'll be the day! Fire up gnews!
Data: The Borg are now terminating accounts at random. They will eventually nullify ours.
Worf: Home directory dissolving. Our quota is zero. All system daemons dumping core.
A Borg materializes and ftp's Captain Picard to their ship.
Scene: Borg ship. With several leather jacketed Borg Cops escorting Picard to head Borg.
Borg: WE WISH TO COMBINE YOUR STUDENT BODY WITH OUR OWN! YOU WILL PAY TUITION. YOU WILL HAVE NO PARKING SPACE! RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!
Picard: I will transfer first.
Borg: TRANSFER IS IRRELEVANT. DEATH IS IRRELEVANT. TUITION INCREASES HOWEVER, ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
Scene 6: Enterprise's bridge.
Riker: I am going to lead the away team to rescue the Captain.
Lt. Yarn: Excuse me commander, but shouldn't I lead the away team? I have more experience with VM/CMS than you do.
Troi: Well, Riker, Lt. Yarn does know how read all caps, besides with the captain gone, who's going to plug security holes?
Borg computer center: 4 figures materialize.
Data: The Borg are based on a fascist, non-creative society devoted to suppression. They do, however, have powerful machines with several gigabytes of data storage.
Worf: Can we knock out their power source? Or maybe a flicker?
Lt. Yarn: No good. They have an immortal power supply.
Jorda: Can we jam their virtual card readers?
Data: That would work for a while, but they'd only start up another virtual machine.
Lt. Yarn: Use your Dataswitch connections sparingly. They will cut them off as soon you make a posting.
Worf: There's one! Phasers on kill! Shoot!
Data (puzzled): That one didn't even see us.
Worf: That was BIFF! I want him dead anyway!
Data: This doesn't seem to do any good. The sysops are ignoring us because we only have I-accounts.
Wesley: Look! There's the Captain! He has a parking sticker on his forehead! He's waiting in line to register for classes!
Picard: COWABUNGA DUDES! WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO GET FOOTBALL TICKETS?
Lt. Yarn: Forge news! Prepare to beam out when all dataswitch connections are dropped!
Final scene: On the Enterprise's bridge.
Riker to Lt. Yarn: Did you find him?
Lt. Yarn: No sir, he appears to have to gone over to the Borg.
Worf: He is a Borg!
Beverly Crusher: Wait! Maybe I can get him back him to fullscreen. I might be able to disable caps lock.
Worf: Riker, the Borg are opening a SMTP connection.
Riker: On screen!
Picard appears wearing a JoePa Tee-Shirt, carrying a copy of Buy-The-Book.
Picard: YOU WILL BUY BOOKS AT FULL RETAIL! WE WILL DOUBLE YOUR TUITION! ACADEMIC STANDARDS ARE IRRELEVANT! YOU WILL NOT USE SKATEBOARDS! YOU WILL NOT STEAL MILK CRATES! OBEY OR WE WILL TERMINATE YOUR ACCOUNTS!
Riker (turning to Worf): Fire alt.flame postings.
Just like in the series, we are going to screw you over with a cliffhanger. Will Borg fascism destroy academic standards? Will anybody care?