Mechanical malfunctions start occurring during a holodeck simulation. A train comes out from nowhere and almost cause harm to Picard and Data. Data is left wondering why it is there. Data decides to shutdown all holodecks.
Mechanical malfunctions start occurring during a holodeck simulation. A train comes out from nowhere and almost cause harm to Picard and Data. Data is left wondering why it is there. Data decides to shutdown all holodecks. While on the bridge the “Enterprise” suddenly jumps to Warp 9. Picard is furious and wonders who order the speed change. The ship is not responding to helm or ops. Geordi and Data inspect the Jefferies tubes and find that the ship has created new connections. Could it be a collective intelligence forming? Tune in watch this exciting episode. I rate it a 9.3
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".
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.
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.
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