Emergence

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  • 5.5

    I hadn't watched this episode in a long time... now I remember why

    By syc0pathic, May 21, 2015

    This episode starts with a far-fetched idea and goes downhill from there. The Enterprise suddenly decides to reproduce. Data's explanation of an emergent property from a complex system is somewhat convincing, and the rest of the story should be dedicated to making it more believable. Instead, it devolves into a muddled mishmash of holodeck characters with poorly developed motivations and a catalog of ship malfunctions.



    And when the ship does finish creating its offspring, that offspring is completely alien in form, function, and behavior. Then the ship returns to its normal state for no apparent reason. It would be like a bear who suddenly becomes intelligent, builds an android, and then goes back to being a bear again.



    Obviously this episode was rushed. The storyline was never properly fleshed out, and the explanations for this incredible occurrence are paper-thin at best.moreless

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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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