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Emergence 

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 »

Director:

Cliff Bole

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Joe Menosky (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
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
David Huddleston ... The Conductor
Vinny Argiro Vinny Argiro ... The Hitman
Thomas Kopache ... The Engineer
Arlee Reed Arlee Reed ... The Hayseed
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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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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

No new sets were needed for this episode. The train set was a reuse from Bram Stoker's 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 »

Goofs

Data is shown working in the uncovered manhole to bring down the power grid, after which Geordi tells him to stop what he is doing. The very same footage is reused when Data brings the power grid back online. See more »

Quotes

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: If the ship is truly an emerging intelligence, then we have a responsibility to treat it with the same respect as any other being.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Adversary (1995) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The computer gives birth
24 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I have to say that this TNG episode is one of the strangest ever done on the show. Still it has a certain appeal even if I don't quite get all the symbolism.

The Enteprise itself becomes sentient and the various parts of the ship take on life and character in one of the holodecks where a few of the crew's programs become all jumbled up. At the same time some strange object is being formed on one of the holodecks and it looks like it is some kind of new life form.

A whole lot just doesn't make sense in the end. I think the writers here decided to mess with our minds.


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