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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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
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
[Eli Hollander shoots at his own wanted poster
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?
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