History Recap / StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E24S7E1Descent

6th Mar '17 11:55:48 AM trumpetmarietta
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HOLY CRAP they have RANGED WEAPONS now! Riker dives just in time to avoid another group of forced plasma bolts, while Data, seemingly unseen by the Borg, puts it down with a phaser shot to the gut. One, two, THREE more drones step out from a corner and TAKE COVER as they continue to fire their integral weapons... Suddenly the unknown ship attacks the Enterprise! Several strong beam attacks later, we're back to the outpost. Data takes a few melee hits from a drone, but takes him down with his android strength. No doubt these tactics are strange to the Enterprise crew, but what's even more strange is when a drone EXPRESSES RAGE over the death of a fellow drone!

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HOLY CRAP they have RANGED WEAPONS now! Riker dives just in time to avoid another group of forced plasma bolts, while Data, seemingly unseen by the Borg, puts it down with a phaser shot to the gut. One, two, THREE more drones step out from a corner and TAKE COVER as they continue to fire their integral weapons... Suddenly the unknown ship attacks the Enterprise! ''Enterprise''! Several strong beam attacks later, we're back to the outpost. Data takes a few melee hits from a drone, but takes him down with his android strength. No doubt these tactics are strange to the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' crew, but what's even more strange is when a drone EXPRESSES RAGE over the death of a fellow drone!



HEY, Nechayev's back. [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E10ChainOfCommand You remember]], she was the one who attached [[JerkAss Captain]] [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Edward Jellico]] to the Enterprise when Picard was captured by the Cardassians? She's now heading up a task force preparing for a Borg invasion, and assigns the Enterprise to a group along with two other ships. She also takes Picard to task for letting Hugh go, and despite his explanations of his need to respect Hugh's rights as an individual, orders him to take advantage of his next opportunity to destroy the Borg. He stiffly responds in the affirmative, and Nechayev, apparently satisfied, walks out.

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HEY, Nechayev's back. [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E10ChainOfCommand You remember]], she was the one who attached [[JerkAss Captain]] [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Edward Jellico]] to the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' when Picard was captured by the Cardassians? She's now heading up a task force preparing for a Borg invasion, and assigns the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' to a group along with two other ships. She also takes Picard to task for letting Hugh go, and despite his explanations of his need to respect Hugh's rights as an individual, orders him to take advantage of his next opportunity to destroy the Borg. He stiffly responds in the affirmative, and Nechayev, apparently satisfied, walks out.



Riker's in full Red Alert mode, ordering the Enterprise to the New Berlin colony at maximum warp... but it was a false alarm, third one today; dang Ferengi! Picard, annoyed, orders another copy of the ship recognition protocols to be sent along with the acknowledgment.

Picard's watching a lightly-edited clip from "I, Borg," in which Crusher and Geordi realize that Hugh is a great name for the drone because of its similarity to the word "you." Riker comes in with Geordi's report on how the Borg ship escaped the Enterprise's pursuit back at Ohniaka III; an artificially created energy conduit could be anything, and Picard snaps that he doesn't want excuses, he wants ANSWERS! Riker actually GLOWERS, not used to being talked to like this from his friend, even if he is a superior officer, but Picard's feeling unease, even guilt, after what Nechayev said. Hugh was in the ready room; Picard had the perfect opportunity to wipe out the most deadly adversary the Federation had ever known; he had the perfect reason and motive, but when he saw and got to know Hugh, he hesitated, and eventually relented against his foe, because of this one representative who showed such humanity. Riker says it was the moral thing to do, but it may turn out, points out Picard, that it was not the RIGHT thing to do.

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Riker's in full Red Alert mode, ordering the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' to the New Berlin colony at maximum warp... but it was a false alarm, third one today; dang Ferengi! Picard, annoyed, orders another copy of the ship recognition protocols to be sent along with the acknowledgment.

Picard's watching a lightly-edited clip from "I, Borg," in which Crusher and Geordi realize that Hugh is a great name for the drone because of its similarity to the word "you." Riker comes in with Geordi's report on how the Borg ship escaped the Enterprise's ''Enterprise'''s pursuit back at Ohniaka III; an artificially created energy conduit could be anything, and Picard snaps that he doesn't want excuses, he wants ANSWERS! Riker actually GLOWERS, not used to being talked to like this from his friend, even if he is a superior officer, but Picard's feeling unease, even guilt, after what Nechayev said. Hugh was in the ready room; Picard had the perfect opportunity to wipe out the most deadly adversary the Federation had ever known; he had the perfect reason and motive, but when he saw and got to know Hugh, he hesitated, and eventually relented against his foe, because of this one representative who showed such humanity. Riker says it was the moral thing to do, but it may turn out, points out Picard, that it was not the RIGHT thing to do.



This time, the MS 1 Colony IS under attack, and Picard Lampshades the ContrivedCoincidence that the Enterprise has been the nearest ship to both Borg attacks so far. This time, the crew wants to be ready, but it seems like the attack is over already, and the Borg ship starts generating its subspace distortion it used to escape last time. The Enterprise gives chase, and is pulled inside the distortion! A brilliant, bright blue corridor is what greets the Enterprise crew, so bright the whole bridge is lit up! Before plans to escape the corridor can be enacted, we return to normal space, but we don't immediately know where we are. What we DO know is that the Borg are aware that we tagged along, and are coming about for the kill. They fire a green bolt at us, and immediately two drones beam onto the bridge. They kill another Red(Yellow)Shirt before Worf takes them both down, but their ship abandons them. This is another new tactic, though a diversionary one... the Borg don't abandon their dead without vaporizing them! But one is still alive...

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This time, the MS 1 Colony IS under attack, and Picard Lampshades the ContrivedCoincidence that the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' has been the nearest ship to both Borg attacks so far. This time, the crew wants to be ready, but it seems like the attack is over already, and the Borg ship starts generating its subspace distortion it used to escape last time. The Enterprise ''Enterprise'' gives chase, and is pulled inside the distortion! A brilliant, bright blue corridor is what greets the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' crew, so bright the whole bridge is lit up! Before plans to escape the corridor can be enacted, we return to normal space, but we don't immediately know where we are. What we DO know is that the Borg are aware that we tagged along, and are coming about for the kill. They fire a green bolt at us, and immediately two drones beam onto the bridge. They kill another Red(Yellow)Shirt before Worf takes them both down, but their ship abandons them. This is another new tactic, though a diversionary one... the Borg don't abandon their dead without vaporizing them! But one is still alive...



Geordi's set up a TechnoBabble so we can follow Data and Crosis, and RED ALERT and we've made a transwarp jump of our own! We come out 65 light years away, in ten seconds... WOW. The shuttle's energy signature leads to a planet, and (eventually) a sizable part of the Enterprise crew beam down to organize a search. Our fugitives do have over three hours' head start, after all.

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Geordi's set up a TechnoBabble so we can follow Data and Crosis, and RED ALERT and we've made a transwarp jump of our own! We come out 65 light years away, in ten seconds... WOW. The shuttle's energy signature leads to a planet, and (eventually) a sizable part of the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' crew beam down to organize a search. Our fugitives do have over three hours' head start, after all.



Data has become capable of emotions, due to Lore's reprogramming the emotion chip that he stole to broadcast its effect over distance (this much is obvious, but is not stated until later). [[ControlFreak Determined to control the situation]], Lore demands that [[MrExposition he be the one to tell the Enterprise crew what's up]], not Data. It now becomes obvious that Lore is in command of these Borg, a splinter faction [[NiceJobBreakingItHero created when the Enterprise crew sent Hugh back to the collective]]. And Lore has found his [[KillAllHumans true calling]]. Without any sense of connection or emotion to his former comrades, Data leads them away to a holding cell...

Back on the Enterprise, Crusher is Acting Captain as established in the first part, and she needs to modify the ship's sensors to cut through the EM interference preventing them from helping search for Data. Ensign Taitt, newly assigned to the Enterprise, is given the task, which she rises to swimmingly; Riker calls in just as she brings her modifications online. Unfortunately the mods aren't nearly strong enough to find anyone on Picard's team; all that interference takes time to cut through... or maybe it's something else...

Suddenly a Borg ship bears down on them, chasing them away, but Crusher gets several rescue parties back before she has to obey her orders and run. Riker and Worf choose to stay behind as the Borg ship opens fire; the Enterprise returns (ineffective) fire and gets away from the planet. The transporter chief says they left [[RunningGag 47]] behind.

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Data has become capable of emotions, due to Lore's reprogramming the emotion chip that he stole to broadcast its effect over distance (this much is obvious, but is not stated until later). [[ControlFreak Determined to control the situation]], Lore demands that [[MrExposition he be the one to tell the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' crew what's up]], not Data. It now becomes obvious that Lore is in command of these Borg, a splinter faction [[NiceJobBreakingItHero created when the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' crew sent Hugh back to the collective]]. And Lore has found his [[KillAllHumans true calling]]. Without any sense of connection or emotion to his former comrades, Data leads them away to a holding cell...

Back on the Enterprise, ''Enterprise'', Crusher is Acting Captain as established in the first part, and she needs to modify the ship's sensors to cut through the EM interference preventing them from helping search for Data. Ensign Taitt, newly assigned to the Enterprise, ''Enterprise'', is given the task, which she rises to swimmingly; Riker calls in just as she brings her modifications online. Unfortunately the mods aren't nearly strong enough to find anyone on Picard's team; all that interference takes time to cut through... or maybe it's something else...

Suddenly a Borg ship bears down on them, chasing them away, but Crusher gets several rescue parties back before she has to obey her orders and run. Riker and Worf choose to stay behind as the Borg ship opens fire; the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' returns (ineffective) fire and gets away from the planet. The transporter chief says they left [[RunningGag 47]] behind.



Data leads Geordi, Troi and Picard to a holding cell, and tells them he realizes now that his time has been wasted aboard the Enterprise, that his place is by his brother's side, effecting the bleak future he envisions. As he rips the communicators from their chests, Troi notes she's only felt anger and hatred from Data, to which he replies those are the only ones that matter. Data relieves Geordi of his VISOR, leaving him blinded with his milky white pupils. As he leaves he parrots what Lore said, with a modification: "I am not your puppet anymore."

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Data leads Geordi, Troi and Picard to a holding cell, and tells them he realizes now that his time has been wasted aboard the Enterprise, ''Enterprise'', that his place is by his brother's side, effecting the bleak future he envisions. As he rips the communicators from their chests, Troi notes she's only felt anger and hatred from Data, to which he replies those are the only ones that matter. Data relieves Geordi of his VISOR, leaving him blinded with his milky white pupils. As he leaves he parrots what Lore said, with a modification: "I am not your puppet anymore."



where they find an angry, embittered Hugh! "Hasn't the crew of the Enterprise caused enough damage already?" he rails, and explain how [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the heroes broke it]] by giving Hugh his sense of individuality; it did indeed pass to others, and a splinter faction formed, confused and non-functional without the purity of thought that only their hive mind provided, and sought escape from the collective. They fled to this planet, led by Hugh, and were extremely vulnerable when Lore found them. This allowed him to subjugate them, promising them the control they so needed, and filled their heads with promises of being more perfect beings.

After awhile it became clear to everyone that Lore didn't know WHAT he was doing, and [[ForScience driven by his ambition and lack of respect for life]], began his insane experiments; he wanted to remove the biological components of the drones and make them perfectly artificial. As Hugh shows Worf and Riker, [[BodyHorror his efforts]] [[NightmareFuel were unsuccessful]]. So, as this was the result of his contact with them, [[UnderStatement Hugh doesn't particularly welcome the Enterprise's crew]].

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where they find an angry, embittered Hugh! "Hasn't the crew of the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' caused enough damage already?" he rails, and explain how [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the heroes broke it]] by giving Hugh his sense of individuality; it did indeed pass to others, and a splinter faction formed, confused and non-functional without the purity of thought that only their hive mind provided, and sought escape from the collective. They fled to this planet, led by Hugh, and were extremely vulnerable when Lore found them. This allowed him to subjugate them, promising them the control they so needed, and filled their heads with promises of being more perfect beings.

After awhile it became clear to everyone that Lore didn't know WHAT he was doing, and [[ForScience driven by his ambition and lack of respect for life]], began his insane experiments; he wanted to remove the biological components of the drones and make them perfectly artificial. As Hugh shows Worf and Riker, [[BodyHorror his efforts]] [[NightmareFuel were unsuccessful]]. So, as this was the result of his contact with them, [[UnderStatement Hugh doesn't particularly welcome the Enterprise's ''Enterprise'''s crew]].



Back on the Enterprise, we're still trying to nail down the location of the Borg ship so we can approach the planet as stealthily as possible so we can beam our people up. We're ready to almost slam into the atmosphere of the planet and start our emergency beamouts for 45 seconds; hope it'll be enough. It almost isn't; the Borg ship attacks while the shields are down, knocking out warp drive. They Enterprise holds her own, though, until they escape again. But they can't outrun the Borg, so Crusher plots a course directly into the sun...

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Back on the Enterprise, ''Enterprise'', we're still trying to nail down the location of the Borg ship so we can approach the planet as stealthily as possible so we can beam our people up. We're ready to almost slam into the atmosphere of the planet and start our emergency beamouts for 45 seconds; hope it'll be enough. It almost isn't; the Borg ship attacks while the shields are down, knocking out warp drive. They Enterprise ''Enterprise'' holds her own, though, until they escape again. But they can't outrun the Borg, so Crusher plots a course directly into the sun...



The metaphasic shielding is falling apart! The Enterprise has to leave the sun's corona soon; once they do, they'll be at the mercy of the Borg. Taitt suggests using a particle beam (sort of reminds one of a certain pilot episode) to cause a solar flare that would destroy the Borg ship; but it must be accurate or it would also destroy the Enterprise! Taitt makes use of an IronicEcho to put the grumbling Barnaby in his place. Fortunately, it works, and the Enterprise makes its own speed back to the planet.

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The metaphasic shielding is falling apart! The Enterprise ''Enterprise'' has to leave the sun's corona soon; once they do, they'll be at the mercy of the Borg. Taitt suggests using a particle beam (sort of reminds one of a certain pilot episode) to cause a solar flare that would destroy the Borg ship; but it must be accurate or it would also destroy the Enterprise! ''Enterprise''! Taitt makes use of an IronicEcho to put the grumbling Barnaby in his place. Fortunately, it works, and the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' makes its own speed back to the planet.



Data returns to the main chamber, where Riker, Worf and Picard discuss the fact that Geordi and Troi have beamed up, the dampening field having been lifted; he informs Picard dispassionately that Lore must be disassembled, while Riker asked Hugh what made him [[ChangedMyMindKid change his mind about helping them rescue his friends]]; perhaps his time on the Enterprise had changed him more than he realized, and [[MoralityChain he is very fond of Geordi, anyway]]. In reply to his assertion that the Borg here have no leader now, with Lore gone and their being pariahs from the collective, Picard says that they already have a perfect candidate; Hugh! Perhaps in time, Hugh muses, they will learn to work as a group AND as individuals. He wishes them luck, and they depart as friends.

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Data returns to the main chamber, where Riker, Worf and Picard discuss the fact that Geordi and Troi have beamed up, the dampening field having been lifted; he informs Picard dispassionately that Lore must be disassembled, while Riker asked Hugh what made him [[ChangedMyMindKid change his mind about helping them rescue his friends]]; perhaps his time on the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' had changed him more than he realized, and [[MoralityChain he is very fond of Geordi, anyway]]. In reply to his assertion that the Borg here have no leader now, with Lore gone and their being pariahs from the collective, Picard says that they already have a perfect candidate; Hugh! Perhaps in time, Hugh muses, they will learn to work as a group AND as individuals. He wishes them luck, and they depart as friends.
14th Feb '17 11:55:39 PM wyattte
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[[caption-width-right:350:Now here's a scary VillainTeamUp: Lore leading the Borg.]]
15th Sep '16 12:28:58 AM SpideyTerry
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* ExplainExplainOhCrap:
-->'''Troi:''' That's not Data.\\
'''Picard:''' What?\\
'''Lore:''' You should listen to her, Captain. She's way ahead of you.\\
'''Picard:''' Lore!


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* FromBadToWorse: After Lore reveals he's the true mastermind, he shows off his new partner: Data.


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* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Much of Part 2 sees Picard, Troi, and Geordi trying to reason with Data and warn him that Lore's manipulating him.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: During the procedure, Geordi tells Data he might not be able to forgive himself for what he's doing. The ending shows he was right.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: A recurring theme. This situation is the result of the crew not using Hugh to destroy the Collective as originally planned. Picard gets grief from his superiors for passing up the opportunity, and he acknowledges how he could've spared the Federation from "a mortal threat." Lore even goes as far as to say that his actions were simply cleaning up the crew's mess.


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* WrongGenreSavvy: The crew initially believe that Hugh is responsible for all of this, but it turns out to be Lore.
27th Apr '16 4:48:49 AM JackG
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Lore's control of the Borg resembles a cult leader, or a dictator seizing power after the collapse of the previous regime, when people are drawn to any voice that promises order and security.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: The platonic version from Lore as he's deactivated.


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* EyeLightsOut: Lore's pupils shrink when he's deactivated.


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* WhatTheHellHero: The decision to send Hugh back to the Borg has adverse consequences; Nechayev chews out Picard, while Hugh tells off Riker.
20th Apr '16 3:37:19 PM StarTropes
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* PoisonousCaptive: Crosis helps corrupt Data while in the brig.
8th Apr '16 3:29:25 PM erttheking
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The Borg are acting like individuals, and they're fighting to kill instead of assimilate.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The Borg are acting like individuals, and they're fighting to kill instead of assimilate. Their tactics are noticeably different, with Will noting that fighting them felt more like fighting Klingons than Borg.
** Data as well, as he violently strangles a Borg and slams it into a wall, feeling anger as he did so.
12th Nov '15 4:04:06 AM StarTropes
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The Borg are acting like individuals, and they're fighting to kill instead of assimilate.
12th Nov '15 4:02:38 AM StarTropes
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* CallBack: Crusher breaks out the [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E20Suspicions metaphasic shielding invented by the now-deceased Ferengi]] so that the ''Enterprise'' can survive being near the star.


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* StuffBlowingUp: A solar fusion eruption does very well in this regard.
* WalkDontSwim: Geordi recalls a NoodleIncident where Data sank to the bottom of a lake and had to walk back to shore.
3rd Aug '15 2:19:54 PM LtFedora
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* OrphanedPunchline: How the episode starts, delivered by Stephen Hawking himself.
-->'''Hawking:''' [[AC: ...but then I said, in that frame of reference, the perihelion of Mercury would have precessed in the opposite direction.]]
-->'''Einstein:''' ''[laughing]'' Zat is a great story!
-->'''Data:''' Quite amusing, Dr. Hawking. You see, Sir Isaac, [[DontExplainTheJoke the joke depends on an understanding of the relativistic curvature of space-time. If two non-inertial reference frames are in relative motion-]]
-->'''Newton:''' Do not patronize me, sir! I invented physics!
1st May '15 9:07:29 AM LuciaMoore
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: An in-universe example. The person in charge of programming Albert Einstein's holographic counterpart apparently fell for the anecdotal misconception that Einstein was bad at math, which is quite laughable when you consider he was one of history's most influential physicists. In reality, Einstein was actually an exceptional mathematician. This rumor was actually started while he was still alive, and Einstein even commented on the original article himself.
-->'''Einstein:''' I never failed in mathematics… Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus.
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