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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47 reference: 47 people are left behind after Dr. Crusher's first attempt to remove the away teams and escape the Borg ship. See more »


Immediately after Picard, Geordi, and Troi are captured, Data is seen removing their Starfleet Comm Badges, presumingly to prevent them from being tracked and contacted by other crew members. However, Data does not remove his own Starfleet badge; isn't he running the risk of being tracked & located by the search teams by not doing this? See more »


[Ensign Taitt has suggested to produce a solar eruption, which would envelop and destroy the Borg ship]
Ensign Zandra Taitt: I've already configured the tractor emitters to create the particle beam, and I've located the target point on the surface.
Lieutenant Barnaby: If her calculations are off, that eruption could encompass us!
Ensign Zandra Taitt: Well, I'll just have to make sure my calculations are accurate, Lieutenant.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Inheritance (1993) See more »


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25 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

By the time I began watching TNG, the seventh season was already in progress. Still to this day, I am a TOS Star Trek guy and I didn't want to even experience the second show. As a teenager, my parents started watching it and I caught most of the show. This was one that I missed for some reason.

After the show went off the air, a writer from Entertainment Weekly wrote about each episode of the show, ranking them in order. This was one of the lower ranked episodes and possibly the lowest ranked two part episode. This was due mainly to the treatment of the Borg. The once ultra cool cyborgs which to this day are still the most formidable foe of the Federation (I used the alliteration on purpose)were used so poorly. He referred to them as "the lost boys" of the galaxy, and the Peter Pan reference was accurate.

The show never really makes clear what happened. Hugh explains that the Borg were of one mind and his individuality messed that up. This makes no sense whatsoever. If the Borg are incapable of taking away individuality and placing that mind into the collective, then the Borg cannot exist. Simply what they have been doing forever cannot be done with one Borg drone? And the argument that it couldn't be done with Hugh because he is already a Borg is not valid either. They took the simplest thing the Borg are capable of doing and made them incapable of doing it. It was asinine.

Beyond that, the episode seems to imply that this was an effect that affected the entire collective. It also implies that it was only these Borg. This sets off a chain of events that makes the Borg harder to understand. We start learning that the Borg ships individually are collectives not linked to the whole. Then we are told all ships are linked to the whole. It gets confusing, and it started with this sub average episode.

But even putting the Borg to the side. This episode is disturbing for the experiments that Data puts his friends through. Lore has all the compassion of the Jigsaw killer an making Data do it was sickening. I doubt I'll ever watch this again.

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