Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 26

Descent: Part 1 (19 Jun. 1993)

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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, ... 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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Stephen Hawking, while appearing as guest star, asked the crew to make a tour of the Enterprise. When he saw the Warp drive he said "I'm working on that..." See more »


Either the brig continues to be remodeled, or there is a continuity problem with respect to the controls for the force field that closes off the prisoner's cell. In this episode, a crewman sits at a control console & activated/deactivates the force field. In Star Trek: The Next Generation: I Borg, a crewman tapped a panel on the wall to operate it, and in an even earlier episode Picard himself was able to turn it on/off with a simple voice command to the computer. 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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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Nth Degree (1991) See more »


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Data Unchained
7 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The ending of the season with a narrative hook. Something is going on as Data experiences the emotion of anger, killing a Borg in an encounter and "enjoying it." Things progress when a group of Borg, acting outside the collective, board the ship. Upon a return to the planet, it is discovered that Data now is in a position of authority and his brother, Lore, is in command. The expression, "You just don't understand," is used over and over. Data is fixated on experiences more emotions and Lore has him where he wants him. The sociopathic android has not the least respect for anything but his own power and this episode leaves us with our guessing what will happen to the Enterprise and how the Borg issue will play out.

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