Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 8

A Fistful of Datas (7 Nov. 1992)

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While the crew is experiencing some much needed down time, Worf and his son go on an Old West excursion in the holodeck, where they meet several versions of Data serving as the bad guy after an experiment in Engineering goes wrong.



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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 Worp, 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 KGF Vissers

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A scene cut for time included a homage to The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry, with Alexander as the testy captive. See more »


Although the program takes place in Deadwood, South Dakota, a map of Arizona can be seen in Worf's office. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: Mr. Data.
Lt. Commander Data: [southern accent] Howdy, Commander.
Commander William T. Riker: Geordi, what have you found?
Lt. Commander Data: [southern accent] Well - we figure part of my memory structure...
Lt. Commander Data: [normal voice] ... was replaced with information from the computer's recreational database.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Specifically, the files relating to the American 19th century West.
Commander William T. Riker: That would explain the accent.
Lt. Commander Data: [southern accent] You got it, partner.
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This western inspired episode ends with the Enterprise flying into the sunset... See more »


References Rio Bravo (1959) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The Good, the Bad and the Klingon!
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When the Enterprise crew are enjoying a welcome bit of time off Worf and Alexander enter the Holodeck and become the Sheriff and his Deputy in the old west. In Engineering Geordi and Data are experimenting with a new link up for Data to access problems when the main computer isn't working properly. The experiment goes awry and the ship goes haywire producing poetry on some of the padds and the replicators start producing cat food! On the holodeck all Worf and Alexander's adversaries start looking like Data. This gives Brent Spiner a real chance to stretch again, the guy is brilliant on both the holodeck and back on the Enterprise where the real Data starts acting like a character from the old west which is a good laugh, especially seeing the crew's reaction to it! On the holodeck Worf must find a way to beat his enemies who all have not only Data's looks, but his abilities too. Worf, through a bit of genius, is victorious. The last scene on the holodeck is a howl! The closing scene is nice and we get to see Worf in a rare grin!

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