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.



(created by), (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

Watch Now

With Prime Video






Episode cast overview:
Joy Garrett ...
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...


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 KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

7 November 1992 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Brent Spiner had a rare treat getting to play other characters beyond his understated Data character. He rarely got to do that in this series. He has stated at many convention appearances that his android character was very easy to play and he actually enjoyed playing evil Lore much more. See more »


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


Counselor Deanna Troi: [playing her role as the mysterious stranger] Durango! I'm called Durango!
Lieutenant Worf: Yes, er - Counselor Durango...
See more »

Crazy Credits

This western inspired episode ends with the Enterprise flying into the sunset... See more »


Referenced in Get a Life! (2012) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Enjoyable enough but also kinda dumb, pardner...
27 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The ship is experiencing down time and the crew is allowed to relax. However, Geordi and Data are anxious to use this time to tinker with the ship's systems. They want to try tying the control of the ship through Data--and it ends up corrupting the system instead. While some of this is just a minor annoyance, such as replacing the food in the replicators with cat food, Worf, Alexander and the Counselor are on a holodeck adventure in the old west--and because of the corruption, the program becomes all too real. The normal safety protocols no longer work and they could end up getting killed. Can Sheriff Worf save kidnapped Deputy Alexander before the gang of Datas blow they to kingdom come?

The word 'slight' is exactly what comes to mind with this one. It is a silly and incredibly dopey episode. Fortunately, the works better than you'd expect because the show does have a nice sense of humor--which goes into overdrive near the end. Plus, compared to another old west episode ("Star Trek: Spectre of the Gun"--which was one of the worst of the original shows), it is downright terrific!

1 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Unanswered questions dr-kandimba-1
Most Hated Episode mckee_d
What if the Independence Day Aliens encountered The Federation? riddick-11114
Why did Data never take the bridge officer's test? mckee_d
Could "Yesterday's Enterprise" be credible? mckee_d
I do not understand this... nabors76
Discuss A Fistful of Datas (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: