Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 1

Descent: Part 2 (18 Sep. 1993)

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Picard, Geordi and Troi try to find a way to escape their cell after being imprisoned by Lore, whilst attempting to convince Data to do what is right as opposed to what his negative emotions (which Lore is feeding him) are compelling him to do. Meanwhile, Riker and Worf attempt to lead a rebellion against the self-aware Borg with help from an old friend... Written by The_Sandheaver

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In an early draft, Lt. Reginald Barclay (Dwight Schultz) took the place of Ensign Taitt. The change was made due to availability and cost issues. See more »


In Star Trek: The Next Generation: Brothers, Data's emotion chip was seen as a small round sphere; here it is shown as a round flat disc with a triangular section missing from it (and still later, in the movie Star Trek: Generations, it is seen as being much larger and an entirely different shape yet again). See more »


Commander William T. Riker: Hugh?
Hugh: What are you doing here, Commander Riker? Hasn't the crew of the Enterprise done enough damage already?
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Suspicions (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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There are two issues at work here. The future of the Borg (disconnected) and the futures of Data and Lore. Data has been neutralized and a chip producing negative emotions installed. He has hooked up with Dr. Soon's miscreant throwaway child, Lore, who has become a threat to the Universe by engaging independent Borg (the product of Hugh's leaving the hive). This is mostly about Data and his ability to function (not unlike the Borg with his analytical side butting up against the good side). The problem for Lore is that he is unprincipled and evil and has no redeeming qualities. He destroys everything in his path for power, and because he is so transparent, he alienates those he must enlist in his schemes. Data begins to see the illogic of these actions, and while he longs to experience emotions again and to advance his humanity, there are things within him that block the pathways. Simply stated, he is only partially sure of things and that becomes a dilemma for him. This is a neat episode, even if one is concerned only with the fate of the crew members and Captain PIcard.

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