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I understand why they kidnapped Picard, but why did the Borg ignore the rest of the Enterprise-D in the Star Trek TNG episode "BOBW"? Why not assimilate all on the ship? They only assimilate Picard.

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There isn't a specific trope for something like this besides maybe "The Show must go on", So I will call it,

The Plot Must go on!

If the Borg just blew up/killed/assimilated everyone on board, there wouldn't be a show.

The reasoning for the Borg to take Picard was to use him as a spokesperson when dealing with humanity and the Federation and getting valuable data from him. The rest of the crew was irrelevant.

They had a specific goal and ignored the rest. Which is typical Borg.

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