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Descent 

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 »

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Data states to Geordi that he believes he has experienced his "first emotion". This may be interpreted as untrue, because 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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Featured in Nova ScienceNow: Can We Live Forever? (2011) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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2 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

'Descent' is one of the many episodes I've never seen before, and I can honestly say I have no idea how this will end. The best parts are all in the first half; a charming poker game with Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein; Borg drones that behave like individuals; and Data's surge of emotion (anger that veers towards sadism). But even with all the phaser fire and crewmembers dropping like flies, it's never as good as those opening mysteries.

6/10


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