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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, ... See full summary »


Alexander Singer


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ronald D. Moore (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
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


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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19 June 1993 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


[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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Edited from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Time Squared (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Descent into disapointment
27 February 2019 | by garrison-paulSee all my reviews

Will ensign Korelkie survive this away mission? No.

Are these Borg part of the collective? No.

Is it possible to describe feelings without referring to other feelings? No.

Is New Berlin up to date on Star Fleet's ship recognition protocols? No.

Should Picard be watching TNG reruns during this crisis? No.

Is the moral thing to do the right thing to do? No.

Can a single senior officer disable holodeck safety protocols? No.

Will Franklin survive the Borg attack? No.

Should Data be left alone with the captured Borg? No.

Is it Ethical to take pleasure in another beings death? No.

Would Data kill Geordi in order to feel emotions again? Yes.

Is sending well over half the crew to look for Data a good idea? No.

Is leaving Crusher in charge of the enterprise a good idea? No.

Will the Sons of Sung manage to destroy the Federation? Tune in next time to learn that the answer is no.

Verdict: Bad for the Star Trek canon, especially with regards to the evolving nature of the Borg.

Fun Facts:

The three red shirts that get killed in this episode are all in yellow uniforms.

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