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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As Picard is relating his experience in the holodeck he, at one point, has trouble describing a city block. In later episodes both in this series and other Trek series we are shown, on a number of occasions, city blocks. It is puzzling that for something so common even in the 24th century that a starship captain from earth would have problems describing a standard city block to his crew. See more
Life is an endless stream of choices. Unfortunately you have chosen to make my life more difficult.
Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more