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 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

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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 »

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When on the holodeck supposedly in Deadwood, South Dakota, characters and crew members use Southern accents and seemingly Appalachian accents instead of Western accents, which are far more subtle, and nothing like the drawls and scenery-eating crazy-talk that can be heard here. They even refer to "the ancient West" while we still don't refer to the Dark Ages as "ancient" in the 21st century. The old West would only have been a few hundred years before the time of the Enterprise. So it's doubtful that time could account for the accents being so off. See more »

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[Eli Hollander shoots at his own wanted poster]
Eli: If I ever find the varmint that drew this, he'll be sorry he ever put pen to paper. I'm ten times uglier than that, ain't I?
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This western inspired episode ends with the Enterprise flying into the sunset... See more »

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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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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!


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