The Borg attack Earth. They engage a whole fleet, which is driven back to Earth's orbit. Just when the battle seems over, with the admirals ship destroyed and the Defiant (of ST DS9 fame) having no weapons or shields, and the fleet getting systematically destroyed, the Enterprise shows up and helps destroy the Borg Cube. However, the Borg have a plan B.
The Borg go back in time to assimilate earth before our First Contact. But the Enterprise follows and tries to stop them.
Specifically, the Borg want to prevent Zephram Cochran from testing the first warp engine. Because when he engages it in a certain time frame, a passing Vulcan ship stops to investigate and makes First Contact with us. So Picard, Riker, Troi, and the rest have to stop the Borg to save Starfleet, the Federation, and all homosapiens from life as a drone.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Picard, Worf and Hawk are outside the ship and want to separate the transmitter dish from the hull, Picard must move a kind of tube out of an console and must turn it from a low to a high position. In one shot the tube is in the high position, in the next shot it is in the low position and then Picard pulls it out and turns it in the high position. (01:06:40 - 01:10:35)
Trivia: I was reading through some of the entries concerning the Borg in the Star Trek Encyclopedia, and came upon a comment they had about Wolf 359 - it's the name of an actual star in space, it makes up part of the Constellation Leo. It's also the site of the first major fleet battle between StarFleet and the Borg. Take your mind back to the scene where Zef and Lily first walk out of that bar, and Lily sees a speck of light that is actually the Borg Sphere, and asks Zef what it is. He replies "That, my dear, is the Constellation Leo". Now, obviously he didn't see what she was pointing out the first time around, but we could probably assume that from their point of view the sphere was in the general area that the constellation occupies in the night sky. Nice coincidence that the first attack on Earth by the Borg came from the same direction as the major battle between Starfleet and the Borg.
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