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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The original title was The Good, the Bad and the Klingon. See more »


Worf's necktie when talking to Eli (before Alexander's warning) and right before he is hit from behind with a chair. See more »


Lieutenant Worf: [on the holodeck] Where are we?
Alexander Rozhenko: Deadwood. 19th century Earth - the Ancient West.
Lieutenant Worf: What is our function here?
Alexander Rozhenko: You are the sheriff, and I am the deputy.
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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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Holodeck Old West.
29 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:134 - "A Fistful Of Datas" (Stardate: 46271.5) - this is the 8th episode of the 6th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In a welcome homage to Sergio Leone's 1964 "A Fistful Of Dollars", Alexander (again played by Brian Bonsall) convinces his father, albeit reluctantly, to join him in a holodeck simulation of the Old West (Worf as the Sheriff, Alexander as his Deputy) created by Alexander with a little help from Lt. Barclay. And they are soon joined by Counselor Troi, who loves Western stories.

At the same time, Geordi conducts an experiment with Data which causes a computer malfunction that creates a murderous outlaw in the Old West program that looks just like Data! And not only that, when Worf tries to end the program, he can't as the safety device also fails, and other characters start looking like Data!

Watch this exciting holodeck adventure with great performance(s) by Brent Spiner as multiple characters, and a fitting ending as the Enterprise "rides off" into the sunset!

Trivia note: we see Picard playing with the flute he got in "The Inner Light". Also, Geordi is attempting to grow another beard. Also, we hear Data's "Ode To Spot" again, as well as see Spot the cat.

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