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

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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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Metaphasic Shielding, Captain Crusher and Ensign Taitt 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)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Alexander Singer 
Writing credits
Gene Roddenberry (created by)

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
John 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
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
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

Additional Details

Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Lore:Maybe we should work on your sense of humor, brother.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Star Trek: Generations (1994)See more »
Star Trek: The Next Generation End CreditsSee more »


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Metaphasic Shielding, Captain Crusher and Ensign Taitt, 24 May 2013
Author: XweAponX from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This episode is a great piece of evidence that in Trek, there are hardly any "throw away" gadgets or gimmicks. Already we are revisiting "I, Borg" and "Brothers" and in this finale, also season 6's "Suspicions".

Picard, Geordi and Troi are captured by Lore and Data - Data is NOT himself. His Ethical Subprogram, the one thing that makes him different than Lore, has been shut off. Crosus (Brian Cousins) shut it off in the last episode. In fact Crosus is Lore's number one Crony. Meanwhile, away teams are out on the surface, and Worf and Riker while trying to track Picard's whereabouts, find Hugh's secret lair- So we see that Hugh may have been the catalyst for this new state of Borg Individuality, but he did not exploit it - That in fact was Lore.

But "Captain Crusher" is on command of the Bridge - And is attacked by the huge Borg Monstrosity-Ship while the away teams are planet-side.

With about a minute to beam everyone up, they get all but about "47" crew-members who are on the planet before she is chased off by the huge Borg Non-Cube ship - She traverses the Trans-Warp Conduit and sends out a beacon, then goes back to try to get those 47 crewmen.

And this is where we meet Ensign Taitt (the gorgeous Alex Datcher) - Low Ensign on the Totem Pole, Crusher keeps her handy on the Bridge and this is good for her, and us as well. James Horan, who was the evil Jo'Bril in "Suspicions" shows up as "Lieutenant Barnaby" - And this is a mix for some great Bridge Interaction.

Down below, Data begins to torture Geordi, who had seen with his VISOR that Lore is in fact controlling him. Lore orders Data to take the VISOR away. Riker and Worf confront Hugh - Hugh gives us the history behind this change in the Borg, but he will not help Riker and he still blames The Enterprise and crew for what had happened to them. But he does show Riker how to get into the main complex.

Meanwhile Crusher goes back to the planet, on the opposite side of where the Borg "Winchester Mystery House in Space" is, and is able to beam up all but Riker and Worf and Picard's party - So, with nowhere to run heads for the SUN. Because she has a plan.

She uses the Metaphasic Shielding tech left over from "Suspicions" to enter the stars Corona, and stays there, while the Borg ship waits.

Picard with Geordi's help is able to reboot Data's Ethical Subroutine, it's a guess when and if it worked. In fact it works right away, while Riker, Worf and Hugh (who had changed his mind) get into the main Borg- Palais.

Ensign Taitt has a way to get the Sun to Flare Up - As Worf's brother Kurn had done with his warp drive in Redemption Part II - And is seen again in Deep Space Nine, Season 7, Episode 2, Worf uses the same technique to blow up some Jem'Hadar Shipyards. This is also where Ensign Taitt and Lt Barnaby have some great discussions.

Despite this treatment of The Borg, many of the other aspects of this episode were central for some of the best episodes of Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. And the Data/Lore storyline is finally given an ending. We are left with the impression, despite all he had done, Lore really did finally have love for Data. Data still cannot share this, but Lore had the emotion chip - And Data will not have it until "Generations". And my favourite part of this episode is as Lore is deactivated, his eyes cloud over and we can see the life going away.

So we see here that Lore, not having Data on hand to share the emotion chip with, was using it to influence The Borg, who were at least halfway "artificial" - It also explains why Lore had sent Crosus to get Data. Lore was trying to make The Borg as totally electronic as he was, we saw the destroyed Borg Drones he had experimented on.

And I think, this is a hard story to swallow, not because of the native change in the Borg, not that the Borg had been destroyed - We know from this episode that the rest of the Borg Collective had not been affected by Hugh. Some of this was explored in Voyager. But the juggling of Data/Lore/Borg and Metaphasic Shielding, perhaps was too much stuff for the average fan to digest. But as I revisit these two episodes, the more I enjoy them, the more connections I find in them. And I always loved the Lore episodes, where Brent Spiner plays against himself.

My Only Regret is that "Hugh" - Jonathan Del'Arco - Did not have a reunion with Geordi, there was simply no time for it, maybe something was filmed, but it was impossible to fit it in to this story. So I have to believe Geordi would not have left before talking to Hugh, and I imagine that the two had a discussion before parting- It's just Offscreen.

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