The Enterprise obliges a planet which acutely faces an original problem: the mysterious Ardra demands they honor a contract concluded 1,000 years ago, under the terms of which it now becomes entirely her property, with all inhabitants as her slaves and everything in orbit, as payment for her settling their ancestors' apparently hopeless problems then with war and environment decay. Picard is told she is known by many names in various systems, all frightening and almost almighty, but he refuses to believe she's the planet's version of The Devil, and decides to challenge her legal claim. Data finds under the planet's law the only possible way is by choosing an arbitrator- she proposes ever objective Data, who warns Picard he'll be impartial, and is accepted... Written by
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The opening sequence, which shows Data performing Scrooge on the holodeck under Picard's watchful eye, is a nod to Patrick Stewart
, whose 1988 stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol was a huge success (that he's remounted several times since. including A Christmas Carol
(1999)). See more
During the Holodeck scene at the start of the episode Data uses several elisions in his speech while replying to the "ghost", words like don't and there's which he is not supposed to be able to say. See more
[Data is playing Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol", facing the ghost of Jacob Marley
Why do you doubt your senses?
Lt. Commander Data
Because... a little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. You may be a bit of undigested beef, a... blot of mustard, a... crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. Why, there's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are. Humbug, I tell you. Humbug.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more