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Descent I
Stardate 46982.1
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 152 (6.26)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden   IMDB   Commander Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Guest Cast:
Stephen Hawking   IMDB   Stephen Hawking
John Neville   IMDB   Isaac Newton
Jim Norton   IMDB   Albert Einstein
Natalija Nogulich   IMDB   Vice Admiral Alynna Nechayev
Brian J. Cousins   IMDB   Crosis
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lore
Richard Gilbert-Hill   IMDB   Bosus
Stephen James Carver   IMDB   Tayar
Jonathan del Arco   IMDB   Hugh
Music:
Jay Chattaway   IMDB
Director:
Alexander Singer   IMDB
Teleplay:
Ronald D. Moore   IMDB
Story:
Jeri Taylor   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 76
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 6.7
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #152: Descent I

When the Borg return to do battle with the Federation, they boast a new individuality - and tempt Data when they help him feel his first emotion.
Synopsis
Curious to see how three of history's greatest minds might interact in an unique setting, Data plays poker in the Holodeck with computer-generated recreations of Professor Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, and Sir Isaac Newton. However, just after Hawking wins a hand, the U.S.S. Enterprise goes to Red Alert in response to a distress call from the Ohniaka III outpost. When the Enterprise arrives, a menacing-looking alien vessel of an unknown design is found in orbit around the planet. Efforts to communicate with it yield nothing, so Riker, Worf and Data transport to the surface, finding only dead bodies in the science station. Then, Data opens a door to encounter... one of the Borg. Several more of the warrior aliens charge in, attacking the officers, while in space the strange vessel suddenly fires on the Enterprise. However, the Borg on the surface are not performing as the calm, mindless drones encountered in previous battles, but are instead quick, vicious - ready to kill instead of assimilate... and are behaving like individuals. They focus on Data, surprisingly identify him by name, then quickly rush him. The emotionless android becomes enraged, slams a Borg against the wall, and violently beats him to death. The other Borg abruptly disappear, then the alien vessel moves away and travels into a blinding flash of light, vanishing. Riker and Worf stare at Data, who realizes the impossible - he got angry.
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