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.
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Jonathan Del Arco
had previously had no exposure to Star Trek, much less the Borg, prior to being cast in the episode "I, Borg." Afterwards, he was keen to return, and pitched several story ideas to the producers, one of which he says was quite similar to the "Descent" story. See more
Data states to Geordi that he believes he has experienced his "first emotion". This may be interpreted as untrue, because in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Déjà Q
, Q gave Data the parting gift of laughter. However, Data was not given an accompanying emotion in this episode, only the sensation of laughter, therefore he did not experience actual emotion until the fight. See more
Prof. Stephen Hawking
...But then I said, "In that frame of reference, the perihelion of Mercury would have recessed in the opposite direction."
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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