The Best SF Cliffhangers 15

Star Trek: The Next Generation
“The Best Of Both Worlds” Part I

Although we haven’t put this Top 15 into any specific order, if there had been a number one, this would have been it. It was the most nominated cliffhanger by far. The Next Gen’s third season ended with the shocking image of Captain Jean Luc Picard as a Borg, demanding that his old colleagues surrender. That in itself could have been enough to earn this cliffhanger classic status, but the real clincher is that there's one more twist; Riker, now in command of the Enterprise, has no choice other than to retaliate. The final line of season, delivered in tight close-up on Riker’s face, is, “Fire!” Never have the words “To Be Continued…” caused such a synchronised mass cry of “Nooooooooooooo!”

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