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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When Data is in the holodeck, the tone of his voice changes to that of a stereotypical 1930s/'40s street character from that era. It makes sense that Data would begin to use the vernacular of the hard-boiled detective genre, as he has read the complete stories of Dixon Hill, but he did not view any movies, so how would he know how these characters would have talked? (He's the only one who speaks like this; even holodeck characters don't sound as ridiculous as Data.) See more
[Cyrus Redblock intends to go out of the holodeck into the "new world"
Lt. Commander Data
If you were going to go through yourself, sir - that is not possible.
One look at you, sir, is proof that anything is possible.
Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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