After an encounter with the Borg, Data feels his first emotion when he gets angry with the Borg. Data then tries to find ways to recreate the situation in order to feel emotions again, ... See full summary »

Director:

Alexander Singer

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ronald D. Moore (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
John Neville ... Isaac Newton
Jim Norton ... Albert Einstein
Natalija Nogulich ... Admiral Alynna Nechayev
Brian Cousins ... Crosis (as Brian J. Cousins)
Stephen Hawking ... Stephen Hawking (as Professor Stephen Hawking)
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data / Lore
Richard Gilbert-Hill ... Bosus
Stephen James Carver Stephen James Carver ... Tayar
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After an encounter with the Borg, Data feels his first emotion when he gets angry with the Borg. Data then tries to find ways to recreate the situation in order to feel emotions again, whilst the Enterprise investigates the Borg activity, and are bewildered as to why they feel emotions too. Written by The_Sandheaver

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TV-PG
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1993 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Two starship naming firsts are made in this episode. The USS Crazy Horse is the first named after a Native American, while the USS Gorkon is the first named for a non-Human individual, Klingon Chancellor Gorkon. See more »

Goofs

During the senior staff's conference immediately after the first Borg encounter, Counselor Troi states that "the only Borg that ever had a name was 'Hugh"...and we gave it to him". She has apparently forgotten the infamous Locutus, whom Picard even mentions elsewhere in this story. See more »

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[first lines]
Prof. Stephen Hawking: ...But then I said, "In that frame of reference, the perihelion of Mercury would have recessed in the opposite direction."
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Featured in The Toys That Made Us: Star Trek (2018) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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2 August 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

'Descent' is one of the many episodes I've never seen before, and I can honestly say I have no idea how this will end. The best parts are all in the first half; a charming poker game with Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein; Borg drones that behave like individuals; and Data's surge of emotion (anger that veers towards sadism). But even with all the phaser fire and crewmembers dropping like flies, it's never as good as those opening mysteries.

6/10


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