After an encounter with the Borg, Data feels his first emotion when he gets angry with the Borg. Data then tries to find ways to recreate the situation in order to feel emotions again, ... See full summary »



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After an encounter with the Borg, Data feels his first emotion when he gets angry with the Borg. Data then tries to find ways to recreate the situation in order to feel emotions again, whilst the Enterprise investigates the Borg activity, and are bewildered as to why they feel emotions too. Written by The_Sandheaver

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The first instance in which the holodeck safety protocols were asked to be disabled. In this instance, Data says it takes two command level officers to disable the safety protocols. In other series, that would change to a single command level officer. See more »


Data states to Geordi that he believes he has experienced his "first emotion". This may be interpreted as untrue since in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Déjà Q, Q gave Data the parting gift of feeling laughter. However, Data was not given an accompanying emotion in this episode, only the sensation of laughter, therefore he did not experience actual emotion until the fight. See more »


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Prof. Stephen Hawking: ...But then I said, "In that frame of reference, the perihelion of Mercury would have recessed in the opposite direction."
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Deconstructing The Borg
24 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode and it's sequel have been unfairly panned as "The Destruction of The Borg" - In fact, this episode is a sequel to "I, Borg" and also "Brothers". It was logical to pursue the stories of a Borg named Hugh, and what had become of Lore after he swiped the emotion-ship made for Data by Dr. Soong. We just never expected the two to be intertwined in this season 6 cliffhanger and season 7 opener.

But this episode has one of best teasers of Next Generation: As Data plays cards with Sir Isaac Newton (The great John Neville), Dr Albert Einstein (a totally uncredited performance and reprise by Jim Norton, he had played Einstein across from "Broccoli" in "The Nth Degree"), and the great Stephen Hawking as himself, who you could tell was having so much fun, and even looked at the huge bucket of a Warp Drive after doing this "cameo" and stating famously "I'm Working on That".

The Borg in these episodes must be in fact the remnants of the Cube which Hugh had returned to. As we see, it is no longer a "Cube"- The Enterprise is confronted by a ship of huge proportions and ghastly, nightmarish design. But as we see here, it is still effective in being a threat to The Enterprise and The Federation by default. And something else - The Borg have a way to traverse galactic distances by what is called a "Trans-warp Conduit" - Explaining how the original Borg Cube which the Enterprise came into contact with 7,000 light-years away could show up at the Federation's Doorstep so quickly. But we also know they had been tooling around in the Romulan Neutral Zone, per season 1's "The Neutral Zone"

And so we see two things happening: The Borg are now acting more like Klingons, and they are naming themselves, and even taking vengeance for personal injury, and using battle tactics the Federation or even the Cardassians or Klingons would have used. And the second thing: Data has become angry, and when he kills a Borg with his bare hands even finds pleasure in the act of Murder.

But the entire confrontation was a setup from the start, to get The Enterprise and Data in particular involved. Why? A Borg named "Crosus" (Brian Cousins) ignores "Locutus" and takes special interest in Data- And pressing a button on his arm, is able to affect Data - Apparently with Emotions.

So it was no surprise to find that Lore was behind this somehow, what was Hugh Borg's involvement? Because we KNOW that he had something to do with this as well.

And so as Away Teams beam down to the surface of some Borg-Infested Planet, it's "Doctor's Orders" as Beverly Crusher is left on the Bridge to command The Enterprise. This was one of my main interests in this episode, and also the gorgeous Ensign Taitt who shows up in the conclusion.

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