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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Descent: Part 2 (1993)

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Gene Roddenberry (creator)
René Echevarria (written by)
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Original Air Date:
18 September 1993 (Season 7, Episode 1)
Picard, Geordi and Troi try to find a way to escape their cell after being imprisoned by Lore, whilst... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Brothers and emotions. See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Patrick Stewart ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes ... Commander William T. Riker

LeVar Burton ... Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge

Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf

Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi

Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data / Lore

Jonathan Del Arco ... Hugh
Alex Datcher ... Ensign Zandra Taitt

James Horan ... Lieutenant Barnaby

Brian Cousins ... Crosis

Benito Martinez ... Salazar

Michael Reilly Burke ... Goval
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joyce Agu ... Ensign Gates (uncredited)
David Keith Anderson ... Ensign Armstrong (uncredited)

Majel Barrett ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Carl David Burks ... Ensign Russell / Borg (uncredited)
Tracee Cocco ... Crippled Borg Drone / Ensign Jae (uncredited)
Debra Dilley ... Borg (uncredited)
Marianne Lewis ... Operations Division Officer (uncredited)
Rad Milo ... Operations Division Ensign (uncredited)

Joe Murphy ... Borg (uncredited)
Richard Sarstedt ... Command Division Officer (uncredited)
Adrian Tafoya ... Borg (uncredited)
Rogan Wilde ... Borg (uncredited)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Alexander Singer 
Writing credits
Gene Roddenberry (creator)

René Echevarria (written by)

Produced by
Rick Berman .... executive producer
Brannon Braga .... co-producer
Merri D. Howard .... line producer
Peter Lauritson .... producer
David Livingston .... supervising producer
Ronald D. Moore .... producer
Wendy Neuss .... co-producer
Michael Piller .... executive producer
Jeri Taylor .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jay Chattaway 
Cinematography by
Jonathan West (director of photography)
Casting by
Junie Lowry-Johnson 
Ron Surma 
Production Design by
Richard D. James 
Set Decoration by
Jim Mees 
Costume Design by
Robert Blackman 
Makeup Department
Patricia Miller .... hair stylist (as Patti Miller)
Michael Moore .... hair stylist
Gilbert A. Mosko .... makeup artist (as Gil Mosko)
June Westmore .... makeup artist (as June Abston Haymore)
Michael Westmore .... makeup designer
Michael Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Joy Zapata .... hair designer
Erwin H. Kupitz .... wig maker (uncredited)
Production Management
Wendy Knoller .... post-production supervisor
Brad Yacobian .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Fleck .... first assistant director
Arlene Fukai .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jim Magdaleno .... scenic artist
Michael Okuda .... scenic art supervisor
Alan Sims .... property master
Al Smutko .... construction coordinator
Gary Speckman .... set designer
Rick Sternbach .... senior illustrator
Herman F. Zimmerman .... original set designer (as Herman Zimmerman)
Ed Miarecki .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ruth Adelman .... sound editor
Alan Bernard .... sound mixer
Greg Faust .... sound re-recording mixer
Alfred T. Ferrante .... adr mixer
Mace Matiosian .... supervising sound editor
Miguel Rivera .... sound editor
Masanobu 'Tomi' Tomita .... sound editor (as Masanobu Tomita)
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Guy Tsujimoto .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Dick Brownfield .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Michael Backauskas .... visual effects coordinator
Philip Barberio .... visual effects coordinator
Dan Curry .... visual effects producer
Max Gabl .... lead matte artist (remastered version)
Adam Howard .... visual effects compositor
Ronald B. Moore .... visual effects supervisor
Edward L. Williams .... visual effects associate
Gregory Jein .... model maker (uncredited)
Dennis Madalone .... stunt coordinator
Joe Murphy .... stunt performer
Brian J. Williams .... stunt double: Brent Spiner
Tracee Cocco .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Bookout .... grip
Steve Gausche .... first company grip
Richard Kelley .... assistant camera
R.D. Knox .... chief lighting technician
Kris Krosskove .... camera operator
Casting Department
Helen Mossler .... casting executive
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melissa Antablin .... costumer
Matthew A. Hoffman .... key costumer
Carol Kunz .... wardrobe supervisor
Kimberley J. Thompson .... key costumer (as Kimberley Thompson)
Editorial Department
J.P. Farrell .... supervising editor (as John P. Farrell)
Larry Field .... final colorist
Dawn Velazquez .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... composer: main title theme
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: main title theme
Gerry Sackman .... music editor
Other crew
André Bormanis .... science consultant
René Echevarria .... executive story editor
Lolita Fatjo .... pre-production associate
Kristine Fernandez .... production associate (as Kristine Fernandes)
Kim Fitzgerald .... production associate
Cosmo Genovese .... script supervisor
Michael Okuda .... technical consultant
Diane Overdiek .... production coordinator
Naren Shankar .... story editor
Rick Sternbach .... technical consultant
Lisa White .... location manager
Dennis Tracy .... stand-in: Patrick Stewart (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gene Roddenberry  creator

Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist
R. Christopher Biggs .... special makeup effects artist
Dean Jones .... makeup artist
Michael R. Jones .... makeup artist
Nina Kent .... makeup artist
Michael Key .... makeup artist
Mike Smithson .... makeup artist
Rick Stratton .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ron Dempsey .... dga trainee
Bruce Sears .... dga trainee
Richard 'Dub' Wright .... assistant director
Art Department
Lloyd A. Buswell .... construction foreman (seasons 1-7)
Sharon Davis .... graphics assistant
Dragon Dronet .... weapons, specialty props and miniatures
Jim Dultz .... assistant art director
Gregory A. Weimerskirch .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Marty Church .... foley mixer
Special Effects by
Edward J. Franklin .... special effects
John Palmer .... special effects coordinator
Robert Cole .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Les Bernstien .... motion control
C.W. Fallin .... motion control operator
Simon Holden .... digital compositor
Bruce Jones .... visual effects producer
Gray Marshall .... motion control operator
Karl J. Martin .... digital artist
Chris B. Schnitzer .... motion control technician (seasons 6 and 7)
Steven J. Scott .... digital compositor
Ken Stranahan .... visual effects
Greg Stuhl .... miniatures: Greg Jein, Inc.
Peter Webb .... digital compositor
Peter W. Moyer .... visual effects compositor (uncredited)
Rick Avery .... stunts
LaFaye Baker .... stunts
Chuck Borden .... stunts
Ericka Bryce .... stunts
John Cade .... stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunts
Erik Cord .... stunts
Alex Daniels .... stunt creatures
Nick Dimitri .... stunts
Chuck Hicks .... stunts
Terry James .... stunts
Maria R. Kelly .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Dan Koko .... stunt double: Jonathan Frakes (1987-1991)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Scott Leva .... stunts
Tom Morga .... stunts
John Nowak .... stunt double
Rex Pierson .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Michael J. Sarna .... stunts
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Block .... director of photography: second unit
Brian S. Cooper .... electrician
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician
Frederick Iannone .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Editorial Department
Alan Chudnow .... assistant editor
Tim Tommasino .... assistant editor
Music Department
Scott Cochran .... scoring mixer: advertising music
John Debney .... conductor
Other crew
Gregory Benford .... scientific consultant
Hala Gabriel .... production accountant
Dolores Hundley-Arce .... assistant accountant
Suzie Shimizu .... production accountant
Production CompaniesDistributors
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Additional Details

Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: In "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Brothers (#4.3)" (1990), 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 (1994), it is seen as being much larger and an entirely different shape yet again).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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Brothers and emotions., 30 April 2006
Author: russem31 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

ST:TNG:153 - "Descent, Part II" (Stardate: 47025.4) - this is the 1st episode of the 7th and last season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

As the episode opens, it is revealed that Lore (Data's evil brother) is behind the attacks and the unification of the self-aware Borg, and also responsible for giving Data his negative addictive emotions (via the emotion chip from "Brothers" that Dr. Soong created for Data), thereby making him loyal to Lore. They have captured Picard, Troi, and Geordi, while Dr. Crusher remains in command of the Enterprise (facing her own challenges). And, Riker and Worf (still on the planet with 45 others) soon encounter another group of self-aware Borg lead by Hugh (again played by "I, Borg" Jonathan Del Arco).

Find out what happens in this exciting "Descent" conclusion episode. Only real complaint is that Hugh doesn't meet Geordi (his "friend" from "I, Borg") in this episode, which I found disappointing.

Trivia note: Dr. Crusher uses the metaphasic shielding she learned about in the 6th season episode "Suspicions" to outrun the Borg. The emotion chip seen in this episode will reach its conclusion a year later in Star Trek: Generations. We see Spot again too.

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