The Enterprise is sent on a diplomatic mission where Captain Picard has to master a very difficult language and deliver a welcome address faultlessly or face the end of any hope of establishing relations. Stressed and tired from his efforts, he decides to take Counselor Troi's advice and spend some time on the holodeck. He chooses his favorite program, that where he plays a private detective named Dixon Hill in 1940's San Francisco. Accompanied by the ship's historian, Dr. Crusher and Data they live out the wonderful world created for them in the holodeck but when they are scanned by aliens, it causes a malfunction that traps them there. Not only that, but the safety mechanisms malfunction as well leading to one of the participating crewmen being seriously injured. With the clock ticking away, time is growing short for Picard to make his address to their hosts. Written by
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First appearance of Captain Picard's alter-ego Dixon Hill, and the first of many "holodeck" malfunctions in Star Trek canon. See more
When Picard is in Dixon Hill's office, he hears a car horn blow. He walks to the window in a long shot angle and pulls down the blinds. They make a crinkle sound as a metal blind would. Then we see a shot of the street through the pulled down blinds using a deep focus lens. The close up of Picard's hands show him holding down flat wooden blinds. Wood blinds make no sound when bent, unless they break. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
And... when I looked down into the street, I actually saw - automobiles!
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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