During leave time aboard, Picard obliges a personal promise to Guinan by playing parts in an Al Capone period gangster mystery story, but soon a mysterious energy source takes precedence. It creates a small, unstable local wormhole, causing everybody to be unconscious, presumably for just half a minute according to the instruments. However strange changes are observed, such as spores showing a full day's growth and the ship is even off course, near a planet of another class. Doubts are inevitable, even about Data, as Geordi finds only they two were able to circumvent the computer security program preventing the clock manipulation which is the only logical explanation, and Data is in perfect working order. Geordi proves that the planet image before the black-out is a fake altered from memory banks, only Data could have switched them and staged an apparent wormhole; Data claims to be unable to verify and should be court-martialed, probably the end of his Starfleet career, but why would ... Written by
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As the Enterprise passes through the wormhole all of the crew, with the exception of Data, are rendered unconscious. Yet in S3 Ep 8, The Price, Geordi & Data, as well as 2 crew members of the Ferengi ship, pass through a wormhole, and none of the become unconscious. See more
When the Paxans re-inhabit Troi, she is in her night gown, sleeping in her bed. When she enters Data's quarters, she is wearing her on-duty clothes. It seems unlikely that a race intending to destroy the ship would stop and have her change clothes before doing so. Perhaps to avoid arousing suspicion? See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Captain's log, stardate 44502.7 - Early completion of our mission at Harrakis V has allowed me to grant extra personal time for many of the crew. This has come as something of a relief, since our recent tight scheduling has prevented the pursuit of the leisure activities that are a normal part of life aboard the Enterprise. I expect our journey past the Ngame Nebula to be uneventful.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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