Emergence

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  • 8.0

    The best episode about a brick.

    By Celedorian, Nov 14, 2012

    There's something charming about this abstract mystery episode. It ingeniously uses the holodeck as a metaphor to tell its story about an emerging intelligence, allowing several guest stars to play metaphorical aspects of the ship. (The best of these is David Huddleston, who shines as the train conductor.) In addition, the episode is a true ensemble piece, allowing each main cast member to contribute to the story. And while it's a bit sad that the profound idea of the ship becoming sentient is used almost as a throwaway idea that's simply there to propel us into the train adventure, maybe many years from now there will be a new Star Trek series that takes place on the sentient offspring of the Enterprise, turning this episode from an enigma into an astoundingly visionary setup. For now it's just a weird one; but in a good way.moreless

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  • 7.0

    Pretty silly, but entertaining nonetheless.

    By pharoahsdance, Jun 21, 2011

    All bad things come to an end, and "Emergence" ends a streak of relatively weak episodes that dominated the latter half of TNG's final season. Within that streak, it probably does better than most; a silly, nonsensical story is improved by some amusing touches.



    The oddball characters on the train (especially David Huddleston's conductor) offer plenty of chuckles, as does Data stopping a car with his hand.



    Unfortunately, the moments off the train are far weaker - a bizarre story (the Enterprise developing a consciousness?) that incorporates a technobabble sci-fi solution.



    But hey, at least it's better than "Bloodlines" and "Journey's End".moreless

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