When a supply ship is a day late, the Enterprise crew has an unexpected day to kill in leisure. Geordi and Data get permission to do an experiment, taking the main computer off line a few hours and Data's circuit running various systems, but a small physical burn-out in Data causes a series of malfunctions in him, such as his vocabulary and voice aberrations, but also various glitches in the many functions of the ship's computer, such as keeping track of recordings of say Picard's flute music or the text of a play Crusher and Riker are in. It's worst of all for Worf, who was ordered by Picard to indulge in some purposeless leisure, and chose to join his son Alexander on the holodeck as sheriff and deputy, with period adept Troi as mysterious stranger, in Deadwood, a Wild West evocation, in which two Data-like villains appear, also father and son, with daunting android abilities and no regular computer-restraint.. Written by
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The Red Dwarf reference guide "The A to Z of Red Dwarf" recounts an anecdote where Patrick Stewart caught the Red Dwarf episode Gunmen of the Apocalypse on TV, and, mistaking it for a dramatic series, found the plot so similar to Fistful that he briefly considered calling his lawyers. Only after watching the episode further he realized that the show was a comedy and started laughing. See more
When on the holodeck supposedly in Deadwood, South Dakota, characters and crew members use Southern accents and seemingly Appalachian accents instead of Western accents, which are far more subtle, and nothing like the drawls and scenery-eating crazy-talk that can be heard here. They even refer to "the ancient West" while we still don't refer to the Dark Ages as "ancient" in the 21st century. The old West would only have been a few hundred years before the time of the Enterprise. So it's doubtful that time could account for the accents being so off. See more
You have been accused of committing a homicide.
If you mean murder, then I guess I'm guilty. I've killed 23 men, Sheriff. One more ain't gonna make much of a difference. 'course... shootin' someone as ugly as you couldn't be considered a crime, could it? Was you born that way? Or did your momma marry an armadillo?
This western inspired episode ends with the Enterprise flying into the sunset... See more
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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