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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During the poker game, Einstein has trouble with the math of how much the next bet is. Newton asked if Einstein could do "simple arithmetic". It is a commonly held myth that he could not. In fact, he was quite brilliant as a child, and began teaching himself higher math when he had outpaced his schooling. See more »

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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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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Finding emotions.
30 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:152 - "Descent, Part I" (Stardate: 46982.1) - this is the 26th and last episode of the 6th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In this beginning of a 2-part episode, the Enterprise responds to a distress call from Ohniaka III, where the Enterprise confronts an ominous-looking alien vessel orbiting the planet. An Away Team to the planet though discover a group of Borg that are hostile but self-aware (calling themselves "I" not "we") - at the same time Data begins to experience emotions for the first time ever (more specifically rage).

Soon one of the Borg is captured while the Federation prepares for an invasion by the Borg again (lead by Vice Admiral Alynna Nechayev - played again by Natalia Nogulich). And this Borg convinces Data to yearn for more emotions and that may lead to the betrayal of his crewmates.

What really is going on? What the Enterprise crew finds leads them to familiar figures from their past, with Dr. Crusher in command!

Trivia note: Data plays poker on the Holodeck with Isaac Newton (played by John Neville), Albert Einstein (played again by Jim Norton whom we last saw in "The Nth Degree"), and the real-life Stephen Hawking. Nechayev also questions what Picard did with Hugh in "I, Borg". Data also reveals that you need 2 senior officers to disable the Holodeck safety protocol. And, Picard mentions he was Locutus of Borg again.


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