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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Picard's Ressikan flute, first seen in "The Inner Light", reappears here and once more later in this season ("Lessons"). See more
The Holodeck is set to appear as Deadwood in the "ancient west." However, Deanna looks at a map while waiting for Worf to return to the sheriff's office. The map is of Arizona, not South Dakota where Deadwood is located. Tombstone is in AZ. Props needed a course in western US geography. See more
Counselor Deanna Troi
There's a gunfighter out there who has the speed and accuracy of an android. And in two hours, he's going to try to kill you.
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
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