I had the opportunity last weekend of seeing something I had never seen before -- the stitched together 'feature length' version of the "Descent" two-parter. And it occured to me that out of all the episodes of The Next Generation, in a lot of ways, this is the one which most reminds me of the movies that the TNG crew came to make after the series ended. Going out on location the way it does, the way the ensemble is mostly focused on Data and Picard, even the bits with the Enterprise evading the Borg vessel. Seeing it in a movie-length format only served to underline the similarities in the structure of the story. I honestly think that out of many episode of TNG, this one feels the most like a progenitor to things like First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis. Can it really be a coincidence that it was made as production was beginning to gear up on TNG's first big screen adventure? Of course, I don't mean to belittle TNG's other two-part efforts. "Best Of Both Worlds" undoubtedly has a cinematic scope to it's story, and of course a truly epic score from the great Ron Jones. But the execution of "BOBW", for all it's greatness, still always came across to me like any other episode. "Descent" feels different somehow. Almost like the writer's were deliberately "trying out" the format of the movies to come, to see how it might work out. Does anybody else here feel the same way? What are your thoughts about "Descent"?