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Strange images begin appearing throughout the ship's decks and holodecks. Data and the rest of the crew begin to investigate only to discover that the ship's computer itself is exhibiting ... See full summary »


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Gene Roddenberry (created by), Joe Menosky (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
David Huddleston ... The Conductor
Vinny Argiro Vinny Argiro ... The Hitman
Thomas Kopache ... The Engineer
Arlee Reed Arlee Reed ... The Hayseed


Strange images begin appearing throughout the ship's decks and holodecks. Data and the rest of the crew begin to investigate only to discover that the ship's computer itself is exhibiting the strange behavior as it begins to become self-aware. Written by Good2Go

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7 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The emergent lifeform was a CGI animation created by Amblin Entertainment, the production company that belongs to Steven Spielberg. The MacPherson Nebula was an old creation of Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Curry, who had been experimenting with laser light on plastic surfaces. See more »


When the train passengers are having the party at the end of the show, Worf, Troi and Data are in attendance and each has a glass of champagne. When the rest of the holodeck characters disappear, they are still holding their glasses. When the holodeck scene disappears, the glasses of champagne that they are holding should have also disappeared. See more »


The Conductor: Tickets please!
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Adversary (1995) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Perhaps they were running out of ideas....
6 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Emergence" was one of the last episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and it is the sort of show that makes you think that perhaps the series had run its course and was ready to wrap.

The show is a holodeck episode and I should point out that that I almost always hate episodes that take place in the holodeck--which is exactly why I disliked it. It seems that something in the computer system is showing signs of sentience and it's centered on one of the holodecks. When the crew enters to see what's happening, they see various disparate characters from various programs on a train. Using metaphors as a guide, the crew decide to help the conductor get the train to where it's going--as otherwise the ship will continue behaving very unpredictably.

It's a holo episode. If you like 'em, you'll probably like this. If you think they show evidence of poor writing, then you won't. I didn't.

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