Effects of passing through a wormhole give the Enterprise crew a sense that they were unconscious for more than the thirty seconds they've been led to believe.



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Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Pamela Winslow ...
Ensign McKnight
Rhonda Aldrich ...
Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Tom Knickerbocker ...
Gunman (as Thomas Knickerbocker)


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 KGF Vissers

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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.
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Despite all the action being on board the Enterprise, a surprisingly good episode.
19 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the show begins, the Enterprise goes through what seems like an unstable wormhole in space. However, over time, certain little clues don't add up and it's clear that what Commander Data is telling them about this experience is a lie. This is because all the living beings aboard the ship were knocked out in the experience and all they have is Data's word for it as well as the ship's computer to substantiate what then occurred...but it becomes increasingly clear that this has all been fabricated. SOMETHING happened to the ship and its crew and they were not just unconscious for 30 seconds--it was much, much longer. So why would Data lie and why tamper with the ship's computer system? What is REALLY going on here?

I don't want to give you any more clues about the mystery--suffice to say that it all works very well when the crew eventually unravel the story for themselves. A very interesting plot that is very unique and well worth seeing.

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