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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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18 September 1993 (USA)  »

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The compound interiors were a narrow three-wall set multiplied optically, along with the Borg extras. They were left standing in the hiatus between seasons, but the caverns were built for Pt 2. See more »


The reason Data's emotion chip looks different then it did in the previous episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: Brothers is because it was damaged when it was removed from Lore. And in Star Trek: Generations it looks square because we weren't seeing the actual chip, just the case it was stored in. See more »


Lore: [his last words] I... love you... brother.
Lt. Commander Data: Goodbye, Lore.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Inheritance (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
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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