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TNG Season 7, Ep# 153: "Descent Part 2"

BEVERLY VO: Acting Captain's Log, Supplemental: The skeleton crew left on board the Enterprise is unable to help in the search for Commander Data. The planet's unusual EM field is interfering with the ship's sensors, severely limiting their effectiveness.

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BEVERLY: Without our sensors, we're sitting ducks. A Borg ship could be right on top of us before we knew it.

Sensors: not only do the planet's magnetic fields interfere with their ability to detect things on the ground, but they also interfere with their ability to detect ships in space.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 153: "Descent Part 2"

TROI: Are you saying you caused them to become individuals?

LORE: No. You and your friends did that. All I did was clean up the mess you made when that Borg you befriended returned to his ship.

DATA: Hugh interfaced with the others and transferred his sense of individuality to them. It almost destroyed them.

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LORE: Without me, they would have perished. When I stumbled on their ship, they were lost, disoriented -- they had no idea how to function as individuals. They couldn't even navigate their vessel. They had lost their sense of purpose.

The Borg: an entire group of Borg drones was hopelessly corrupted by a spark of individuality in just one drone. This raises some obvious questions, since every single person they assimilate should carry at least as much individuality as Hugh did. Why don't regular people corrupt the Collective when they're assimilated?

The most obvious answer to this problem is that their assimilation process must incorporate some kind of safeguard against the thoughts of the individual affecting the programming of the whole, and that those safeguards are not in place for drones which have already been assimilated.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 153: "Descent Part 2"

WORF: I am detecting a faint energy reading.

RIKER: Residual thermal traces ... someone stopped here.

WORF: The decay rate indicates they were human.

Culture: notice the tendency to describe the mundane in excessively verbose, technical-sounding terms. A modern soldier would simply say something like "I can see footprints on infrared. They're close."

But in the Federation, they talk about "residual thermal traces" and "decay rates". Their language is designed to obfuscate rather than illuminate.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 153: "Descent Part 2"

BEVERLY: Lieutenant, scan for any Borg ships between here and the planet.

BARNABY: Sensors detect no vessels.

TAITT: We have to assume the ship that attacked us is still in orbit.

Sensors: it turns out Taitt is right, and the ship is indeed still in orbit around the planet. Too bad they can't detect it. Those pesky EM fields ...

TNG Season 7, Ep# 153: "Descent Part 2"

BEVERLY: Salazar, how many people did we leave behind?

SALAZAR: Forty-seven, sir.

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BEVERLY: Crusher to Salazar... how long will it take to get the rest of the crew off the surface?

SALAZAR: One minute should do it.

BEVERLY: We don't have one minute. How much can you shave off that?

SALAZAR: If I can get a good lock on them quickly... I might be able to do it in forty-five or fifty seconds.

Transporters: Salazar claims they can beam up 47 people in 45-50 seconds, for an average rate of one person per second. This would represent the Enterprise's maximum rate of evacuation or troop insertion using the transporters.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 153: "Descent Part 2"

SCREENPLAY: Riker and Worf are making their way up a fairly steep hill. It is rough going. Suddenly Worf reacts to something off to the side, and quickly shoves Riker and himself into the cover of nearby bushes.

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SCREENPLAY: Suddenly, they hear footsteps and muffled voices off to one side. Quickly, they move the opposite direction, toward some brush (trees, etc.). They move through the brush, seeking cover -- when suddenly they run right into three Borg holding their weapons trained on them.

Sensors: Worf's sense of hearing and smell proves to be a more effective early warning system than their fancy tricorders.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 153: "Descent Part 2"

BEVERLY: If we had metaphasic shielding, we could enter the sun's corona and the Borg ship wouldn't be able to follow.

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TAITT: Sir, hull temperature is rising ... now at 12 thousand degrees C. Radiation level is nearing ten thousand rads.

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BARNABY: The program is on line. Engaging metaphasic shield ... now.

TAITT: Hull temperature dropping ... down to 7 thousand degrees.

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BARNABY: The Borg ship has broken off pursuit.

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(on the planet, Data begins to have doubt. There's a couple of minutes of action).

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BARNABY: Sir, the metaphasic shielding is losing integrity.

BEVERLY: Can you stabilize it?

BARNABY: No... we won't be able to stay in here more than another three or four minutes.

Realism: Taitt says the hull is at a ridiculously high 12,000°C (which should vapourize any substance), but we can see the hull and it isn't glowing with many times the intensity of the Sun (whose photosphere temperature is less than half that). It's not even red hot! It's possible to rationalize the temperature as a function of the shield's point of thermal equilibrium with the environment, but it's obvious this sort of thing didn't even occur to the writers. They just don't seem to care about making their figures meaningful, so that they just toss out impressive-sounding numbers without ever bothering to wonder if they make any sense.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 153: "Descent Part 2"

BEVERLY: If we had metaphasic shielding, we could enter the sun's corona and the Borg ship wouldn't be able to follow.

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TAITT: Sir, hull temperature is rising ... now at 12 thousand degrees C. Radiation level is nearing ten thousand rads.

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BARNABY: The program is on line. Engaging metaphasic shield ... now.

TAITT: Hull temperature dropping ... down to 7 thousand degrees.

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BARNABY: The Borg ship has broken off pursuit.

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(on the planet, Data begins to have doubt. There's a couple of minutes of action).

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BARNABY: Sir, the metaphasic shielding is losing integrity.

BEVERLY: Can you stabilize it?

BARNABY: No... we won't be able to stay in here more than another three or four minutes.

Shields and Forcefields: the Borg ship's shields can't withstand the otherwise harmless, widely dispersed gas in the star's corona for even a short time, hence its failure to follow the Enterprise into the corona. The Enterprise's "metaphasic shielding" seems to last longer, but unfortunately, we're not sure just how much longer.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 153: "Descent Part 2"

BEVERLY: If we had metaphasic shielding, we could enter the sun's corona and the Borg ship wouldn't be able to follow.

...

TAITT: Sir, hull temperature is rising ... now at 12 thousand degrees C. Radiation level is nearing ten thousand rads.

...

BARNABY: The program is on line. Engaging metaphasic shield ... now.

TAITT: Hull temperature dropping ... down to 7 thousand degrees.

...

BARNABY: The Borg ship has broken off pursuit.

...

(on the planet, Data begins to have doubt. There's a couple of minutes of action).

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BARNABY: Sir, the metaphasic shielding is losing integrity.

BEVERLY: Can you stabilize it?

BARNABY: No... we won't be able to stay in here more than another three or four minutes.

Naval Weapons: the Borg ship can't simply fire at the Enterprise from outside the corona, which suggests either a range limitation or a targeting problem. Unfortunately, there's no way to determine the actual range in this situation, since a corona doesn't have a sharply defined surface. It grows gradually more dense as you move toward the Sun, until some predetermined point at which it is presumably deadly to a Borg ship.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 153: "Descent Part 2"

BARNABY: There's an eruption forming on the surface.

(a solar flare destroys the Borg ship)

BARNABY: She did it. The Borg ship has been destroyed.

Shields and Forcefields: a solar flare destroys the Borg ship easily.

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