Friday, January 20, 2023

Star Trek: Descent, Part II

Episode: "Descent, Part II"
Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 7, Episode 1
Original Air Date: September 20, 1993

Season 6's season finale continues.  Data, drunk with his new emotions, has joined forces with Lore, his evil brother.  Lore has enlisted a group of disgruntled Borg drones to help him realize his own megalomaniacal vision.  As we join the story, Picard, Troi and La Forge are Lore's prisoners.

The writers themselves admitted that they took on too much story in "Part I" to do it all justice in "Part II."  By my reckoning, it's too much Lore, not enough Hugh, though the latter does play a pivotal role.  I am glad Lore is finally killed off in this episode.  I really can't stand him - too much "Look at me!  I'm evil!" acting from Brent Spiner.

Acting Notes

Alex Datcher played the role of Ensign Taitt in a forgettable (not her fault) secondary narrative on the Enterprise bridge.  Datcher was born June 6, 1962 in Chicago.  

Datcher was a regular on Goode Behavior and had a recurring role on 18 Wheels of Justice.  She also made guest appearances on Beauty and the Beast, Sliders and The Pretender among others.  Films include Rage and Honor, Passenger 57 and Jury Duty.

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