Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 23

Emergence (7 May 1994)

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Strange images begin appearing throughout the ship's decks and holodecks. Data and the rest of the crew begin to investigate only to discover that the ship's computer itself is exhibiting ... See full summary »

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Strange images begin appearing throughout the ship's decks and holodecks. Data and the rest of the crew begin to investigate only to discover that the ship's computer itself is exhibiting the strange behavior as it begins to become self-aware. Written by Good2Go

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The emergent lifeform was a CGI animation created by Amblin Entertainment, the production company that belongs to Steven Spielberg. The MacPherson Nebula was an old creation of Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Curry, who had been experimenting with laser light on plastic surfaces. See more »

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When Data is depolarising the power grid while holding the cab back with his left arm, the scene cuts to a view from over his right shoulder. There is a brief moment when his right arm is moved back to show his left hand. Since his left arm is no longer holding the cab, it should be in motion running him over. Even so, the wheels are still heard burning on the road as if still being held back. See more »

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Perhaps they were running out of ideas....
6 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Emergence" was one of the last episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and it is the sort of show that makes you think that perhaps the series had run its course and was ready to wrap.

The show is a holodeck episode and I should point out that that I almost always hate episodes that take place in the holodeck--which is exactly why I disliked it. It seems that something in the computer system is showing signs of sentience and it's centered on one of the holodecks. When the crew enters to see what's happening, they see various disparate characters from various programs on a train. Using metaphors as a guide, the crew decide to help the conductor get the train to where it's going--as otherwise the ship will continue behaving very unpredictably.

It's a holo episode. If you like 'em, you'll probably like this. If you think they show evidence of poor writing, then you won't. I didn't.


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