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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 »

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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 »

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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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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The worst plot devices all crammed into a single two part episode
31 May 2016 | by (Brandywine, MD) – See all my reviews

The writers resort to 2 dimensional comic book characterizations, 19th century plot devices and lapses in logic in this 2 part episode.

Lore is a smirking "Eevyil Genius" with a master plan for elimination of inferior beings and Universal Domination. He has set up silly structure with vaguely fascists looking symbolic elements where a few Borg have become his minions (meaning, of course, they are cannon fodder who can only hit non recurring characters in hand to hand combat, are hard to kill when it isn't important, but extremely vulnerable when being killed moves the plot along.

We know all of this, because, instead of doing what bad critters really do, and just doing their evil deeds, Lore must tell his victims exactly what his plans are, and, also, provide sufficient scenarios in which his victims can concoct escape plans. This results in several 1960s style expositional scenes in which Lore almost produces a "Mha-mha- mha, victory is mine".

The Borg guards fall for a "Captain isn't feeling well" get out of force field ruse because, of course, they have deep wells of empathy for humans.

The day is saved by a "get in touch with your better self" speech in which Data is reminded who his true friends are (with a touch of technobabble and deus ex machina technology to help things along.)

In the end, we have a suitably melancholy ending, with just the right amount of hope, as Data chooses to give up emotion so that he doesn't become a monster, but his one true friend, Geordi, intimates that, maybe, in the future he will be ready.

Hugh the Borg is told to look into himself and find leadership qualities, because all things touched by the Enterprise become "the most important thing of their kind in the Universe."

All in all, writing out of our naive past, without the cheesy charm of brilliant hammy actors.


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