This Day in Television History – September 20th, 1993 – Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “Descent, Part II” Airs

Can the group of Borg being led by Data’s evil brother be defeated by the crew of the Enterprise?

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“Descent, Part II” is the first episode of the final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Written by Rene Echevarria and directed by Alexander Singer, it first aired in syndication on September 20th, 1993. Courtesy: Paramount / Viacom / CBS

“Descent, Part II” is the first episode of the final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Written by Rene Echevarria and directed by Alexander Singer, it first aired in syndication on September 20th, 1993.

In the episode, which immediately follows in the events of the sixth season finale and cliffhanger, it seems like Data is now under Lore’s control and sided with the group of Borg who are under his brother’s power. As Picard, Troi, and La Forge try to find a way to escape from the androids and their cyborg allies, Dr. Crusher remains in command of the Enterprise while evading a Borg ship, and Commander Riker encounters a Borg that he’s run across before.

Hugh, from the 5th season episode “I, Borg,” reappears here as one of the Borg who are against Lore’s control. The emotion chip used by Lore in the episode to control Data reappears in the film Star Trek: Generations, albeit with a somewhat different appearance.

In a somewhat ironic bit of casting, James Horan appears as a Lieutenant aboard the Enterprise in this episode, after appearing as the alien Jo’Bril in an episode the previous season. Both episodes involved the concept of metaphasic shielding. Horan also appeared in Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise.

 

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