175 – Emergence

Grade: D

(1994) on IMDb


Commander Data is on the Holodeck, playing the part of Prospero in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Suddenly, a train appears on the Holodeck, and many other strange things take place in the ship’s computer.


Ew. I didn’t like this episode at all. Haven’t we had enough Holodeck episodes already? This one combines the lameness of those Holodeck episodes with the tedium of the worst “new life form” episodes.

I don’t really want to say too much about this episode, but it could be the lamest one I’ve seen in a really long time. I wasn’t interested at all in this mess. Everything seemed contrived, including all the problems on the ship.

The actors seemed to be just going through the motions, as if they were getting ready for the series to finally end. And I really find it hard to believe this storyline was the best they could do at this point in the series. If they accepted this story, the ones they rejected really must have been awful.

The bottom line here is that this is the 7th season, not the 2nd. By now, they should have done a whole lot better than this.

Of Note

At the end of the episode, Worf, Troi and Data all have champagne glasses in their hands when everything on the Holodeck disappears. Everything disappears except their champagne glasses, which should have also disappeared. Ooops.