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
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is deaf in one ear. She can be seen tilting her head to hear out of her good ear when she talks to Picard. See more
When Picard warns Moriarty about criminal activity, Moriarty blames his creator by saying "The scribblings of an Englishman dead now for four centuries." Arthur Conan Doyle, the Sherlock Holmes creator, was Scottish not English, and the Enterprise computer would not have made that error. In his day, Scotty would have used his claymore to slice the computer into pieces for such a blunder. Still, great episode. See more
[on the Countess
The program fashioned her for me to love. But I must admit, I would have done so anyway. She is remarkable. My life has not been the same since I met her. I don't simply love her, Captain. I adore her.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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