Strange images begin appearing throughout the ship's decks and holodecks. Data and the rest of the crew begin to investigate only to discover that the ship's computer itself is exhibiting ... See full summary »

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Strange images begin appearing throughout the ship's decks and holodecks. Data and the rest of the crew begin to investigate only to discover that the ship's computer itself is exhibiting the strange behavior as it begins to become self-aware. Written by Good2Go

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7 May 1994 (USA)  »

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The disparate characters that all appear on the Holodeck are a medieval knight, a farmer, two flappers from the 1920s, an unidentified gentleman, a gunslinger and a Mafia hitman, as well as the train conductor and the engineer, the only two who actually belong on the train. See more »

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When the train passengers are having the party at the end of the show, Worf, Troi and Data are in attendance and each has a glass of champagne. When the rest of the holodeck characters disappear, they are still holding their glasses. When the holodeck scene disappears, the glasses of champagne that they are holding should have also disappeared. See more »

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [on Data's suggestion that the new life form may be dangerous] The intelligence that was formed on the Enterprise didn't just come out of the ship's systems. It came from us, from our mission records, personal logs, holodeck programs, our fantasies. Now, if our experiences with the Enterprise have been honorable, can't we trust that the sum of those experiences will be the same?
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Adversary (1995) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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An interesting way to retell a rehashed plot
13 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As we approach the final episodes of season seven it is obvious that the writers are having a difficult time bring new plots into the scripts. In this offering we have another story of a developing life form. But the writers reach deep down on this story and the new life form is the Enterprise itself.

It all begins on the holodeck when a program malfunctions and begins running more than one program. Then the Enterprise begins operating on its on accord as if the ship is thinking for itself. And as with all these types of programs it will be up to the crew to help with a possible emerging life form.

This was a rehashed story that has been used many times in the series. But what saved this show from becoming another repeat plot was the way the episode used the holodeck program characters to tie the story together with the main plot. It was a new way to bring an old story-line to life. As we approach the end of the series this episode proved that you can do new things with old plots. Which should have been used on many of the episodes in weak season seven.


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