"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Ship in a Bottle (TV Episode 1993) - Plot Summary Poster


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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...

  • The Enterpise's journeys to observe the birth of a star from a unique collision of planets. Fiddling with the controls in one the holodecks, Lt. Barclay inadvertently unlocks Data's Sherlock Holmes mystery, which includes Holmes' arch nemesis, Professor Moriarity. Since the professor was promised by the crew the last time they saw him that they would try to figure out a way for him to leave the holodeck, he seeks to discuss his situation with Captain Picard. His demands to be able to leave the Holodeck are not taken seriously enough till he takes control of the starship: unless the professor and his artificial beloved, the Countess Barthalomew, are allowed to leave the ship on their own, he will destroy the Enterprise and its crew.



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