Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 12

Ship in a Bottle (23 Jan. 1993)

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Diagnosing anomalies in the recreative Sherlock Holmes hologram game programs, Lieutenant Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III discovers protected memory contains the arch-villain character professor... See full summary »



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Diagnosing anomalies in the recreative Sherlock Holmes hologram game programs, Lieutenant Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III discovers protected memory contains the arch-villain character professor James Moriarty, who has become self-conscious and demands fulfillment of a recent promise by the crew that they would think up a way for him to leave the holodeck . To Picard's astonishment, Moriarty proves empirically his will suffices to leave the Holodeck, he even retains a physical body. Picard grants him the benefit of the doubt despite his crimes in fiction, but refuses to grant life to the countess Barthalomew, who was created as his ideal but holographic mate. Moriarty manages to seize control of the Enterprise to force the crew to obey anyhow at pain of total destruction. That still leaves the technological challenge, but Data's logical deduction comes up with an entirely different viewpoint, inspiring another challenge and approach... Written by KGF Vissers

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The most difficult part of the show allegedly was casting the part of Countess Regina. Director Alexander Singer noted: "It was difficult because we needed someone who could pull off an English accent, had a regal appearance, and looked sexy in Victorian clothes. When I saw Stephanie Beacham I said that's it. End of story." See more »


In the first scene, when La Forge tells the computer to "freeze program", the fire in the hearth keeps burning and flickering. See more »


Barclay: [flabbergasted] You know... you know what you are?
Moriarty: A holodeck character? A fictional man? Yes, yes, I know all about your marvelous inventions. I was created as a plaything, so that your Commander Data could masquerade as Sherlock Holmes. But they made me too well, and I became more than a character in a story. I became self-aware. I... am alive.
Barclay: That's not possible.
Moriarty: But here I am.
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Computer, end program...
18 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched this episode for the umpteenth time and can't believe I missed this important goof. At the very end, Picard says "But, who knows - our reality may be very much like theirs. And all this might just be an elaborate simulation running inside a little device, sitting on someone's table." Then everyone leaves the room except Barkley. Then Barkley says "Computer, end program"...and there's NO RESPONSE from the computer. Any time the computer is addressed it should respond... In other episodes, the computer responds to rhetorical questions even if just to say "There are currently no programs running, please restate question." As an example, the episode where Beverly Crusher was trapped in the warp bubble and kept talking to herself out loud which always got a response from the computer.

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