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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An interesting way to retell a rehashed plot
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As we approach the final episodes of season seven it is obvious that the writers are having a difficult time bring new plots into the scripts. In this offering we have another story of a developing life form. But the writers reach deep down on this story and the new life form is the Enterprise itself.

It all begins on the holodeck when a program malfunctions and begins running more than one program. Then the Enterprise begins operating on its on accord as if the ship is thinking for itself. And as with all these types of programs it will be up to the crew to help with a possible emerging life form.

This was a rehashed story that has been used many times in the series. But what saved this show from becoming another repeat plot was the way the episode used the holodeck program characters to tie the story together with the main plot. It was a new way to bring an old story-line to life. As we approach the end of the series this episode proved that you can do new things with old plots. Which should have been used on many of the episodes in weak season seven.


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