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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No new sets were needed for this episode. The train set was a reuse from Dracula (1992), and Paramount's standing New York City street set was used for Keystone City. The staircase the crew walk up belong to New York City Subway's 42nd Street/Times Square Station, according to the sign on the back. See more »


When Geordi and Picard are on the bridge talking about the events in cargo bay there's a cable lying on the ground on the left. See more »


Lt. Commander Data: Unlikely as it may sound, I believe the Enterprise may be forming an intelligence.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Adversary (1995) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Another Semi-Surreal Plot
17 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this is certainly interesting, it's another episode where one needs to strain one's sense of order. What exactly is the enemy and what is it doing. Apparently, the ship's computer has become sentient and is trying to gain control of its being. This leads to a hodgepodge of stuff going on on the holodeck. There are a group of characters that seem to be part of a dream the ship is having. Whatever is going on appears to be a metaphor for correcting the problem. The ship isn't a true adversary; it is trying to find its way. Data and the gang must figure out what is going on. There is a kind of display that keeps repeating itself all around the ship that may be the clue to its intentions. As is often the case, things make sense to everyone but the audience. There are parallels her between Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and Prospero the wizard. I admit, though, that I never quite got it.

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