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 »


Data uses a contraction ("I'll") - something he's supposedly incapable of doing. See more »


[last lines]
Lt. Commander Data: [of the ill-fated emotion-chip] I am pleased to say it was damaged when I was forced to fire on Lore.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Pleased? Data, you've wanted emotions your whole life.
Lt. Commander Data: Yes. But emotions were responsible for what I did to you. I would never risk letting that happen again. My friendship with you is too important to me.
[Data is about to destroy the chip; La Forge intervenes]
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Data, I wouldn't be very much of a friend if I let you give up on a lifelong dream, now would I? Maybe someday... when ...
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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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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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