Captain Picard and some of his crew are caught in a deadly trap in the holodeck as the result of a ship-wide scan from an alien race.

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Cyrus Redblock
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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 garykmcd

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9 January 1988 (USA)  »

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Cyrus Redblock and Felix Leech do not begin to disappear until they have completely exited the holodeck. Subsequent episodes (such as Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ship in a Bottle (1993) and Star Trek: Voyager: Projections (1995)) make it clear that a holographic character or object will disappear immediately upon passing beyond the range of holographic projectors. See more »

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Cyrus Redblock says he doesn't know the word "computer," but he should know it, especially if he is a business man, legal or not. Before the invention of the electronic device in the late 1940s, the word "computers" referred to people whose job was to do complex mathematics, especially in the fields of accounting and engineering. It was in fact the job that was eliminated by the invention of the electronic computer. See more »

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Desk Sergeant: Pretty hep-lookin' broad.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Is that good?
Desk Sergeant: It ain't bad.
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References The Big Sleep (1946) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Who Invented This Thing?
27 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Holodeck is certainly one of the most interesting entities in science fiction history. I guess if we can accept warp drive and all its implications, we can also accept a programmed fantasy room. I don't recall ever hearing even a theory of how this thing works and how individuals can program it to live their every wish. One can only imagine what sorts of programs one with a little bit of a jaded imagination could cook up. It certainly allows for some interesting avocations as well as being a practical tool. In this episode, Picard ends up trapped in the Holodeck as he tries to relax during intense negotiations with an insect-like race. The thing flat out malfunctions, leaving him unable to escape from a 1940's gangster program (in the Sam Spade tradition). Data and Wesley are given the task of figuring out what is going on. The Holodeck does allow the characters to expand their ship-bound situation and spread their wings. One question one may ask is why Picard is fooling around with this when he has such a serious meeting set up that may change the course of history. Oh well, picky, picky, picky.


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