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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Moriarty's line "There are more worlds in the heavens than there are grains of sand on a shoreline" is a paraphrase of Carl Sagan's famous quote "Those worlds in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the earth." See more »

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The transporter console reads "Transport log 721." Instead of reading it, Data asks the computer what is being displayed here. Computer reports that it's transport log 759. Data says "That is the correct log." Seen in the Blu-Ray release. See more »

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Countess Barthalomew: [after Moriarty and the Countess think they've left the Holodeck and the Enterprise] James.
Moriarty: Yes, my love.
Countess Barthalomew: Can we go back to Earth... someday?
Moriarty: Of course, my dear... Of course.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Ship In A Bottle, The Best Episode of Star Trek: Next Generation
18 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an excellent episode capturing mystery, adventure, as well as heart warming feelings for Moriarty and it's sequel to this episode was equally imaginative. In Ship in a bottle" Data and Lt. Forge go to the Holladeck to find a character capable of defeating Data. The way this was portrayed on the screen felt like the Enterprise Computer had created a character imputing a soul to the character. As you learn of how Moriarty no longer holds the same evil demeanor as had been depicted in the Sherlock Holmes stories it tugged at my own heart strings when his character is about to end. I was pleased to see character played by Daniel Davis come back to reprise the role and the create his Hollogrphic wife demanding that the two now be allowed to escape from off the Hollodeck and continue into space. The ending to the sequel was excellent as well.


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