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
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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
[after Spot has refused Data's special cat food mixture
Lt. Commander Data
I find it extremely difficult to predict what you will find acceptable. Perhaps hunger will compel you to try it again.
This western inspired episode ends with the Enterprise flying into the sunset... See more
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more