Pathogen effectiveness in episode "Collective"

Pulled to the far side of the galaxy, where the Federation is seventy-five years away at maximum warp speed, a Starfleet ship must cooperate with Maquis rebels to find a way home.
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Would the pathogen have saved the hostages?

Yes, it would have killed all the borg then the hostages would been saved
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Yes, it would have killed all the borg except Icheb and the hostages would have been saved
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No, it would have killed all the borg except Icheb then Icheb would have killed all of the hostages
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No, pathogen would not have worked and then they would have killed all of the hostages
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Pathogen effectiveness in episode "Collective"

Post by marsh8472 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:10 pm

JANEWAY: A pathogen.
EMH: A space-borne virus that adapted to Borg physiology. It's inert now, but in its virulent state it attacked the drones and killed them.
TUVOK: Why weren't the juveniles infected?
SEVEN: The maturation chamber is designed to protect developing drones. Malfunctions caused by the deaths of the adults led several of the chambers to open prematurely.
TUVOK: Does this pathogen only target the Borg?
EMH: The Borg, and other cybernetic organisms it encounters. You're not thinking of using it as a biological weapon?
TUVOK: If we can revive the pathogen and reintroduce it, we could neutralise the drones without harming the away team.
EMH: Neutralise? You mean murder, don't you? Captain, they're children.
I'm wondering how effective would the pathogen had been if Voyager had opted to use that rather than the events that ended up playing out in the episode? We learned in episode "Child's Play" that Icheb was genetically engineered to produce this pathogen. I would think he would be immune. He was also in a small Borg collective with the other Borg children. That leads me to believe that the children were already being exposed to this pathogen from Icheb and if that pathogen could affect them it would have already.

Leaving the question about whether the plan to use the pathogen in order to save the hostages would have worked or not?

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