Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 11

The Big Goodbye (9 Jan. 1988)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cyrus Redblock
Harvey Jason ...
Felix Leech
William Boyett ...
Lt. McNary
Desk Sergeant


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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The J in Jarada is pronounced in the Spanish fashion, something rare, and possibly unique, for a Star Trek alien name. See more »


Once the crew members realize that the safety protocols are not functional, Data should immediately use his superhuman speed and strength to disable all the armed men. Even if he were shot with the small-caliber weapons the 1941 characters possess, he would not suffer any major damage. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: And... when I looked down into the street, I actually saw - automobiles!
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References The Long Goodbye (1973) See more »


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Not the holodeck!!!
10 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While I am sure that holodeck episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Gereration" were pretty popular (since they repeated this gimmick in many episodes of "Deep Space 9"), I always hated them as they never really seemed to fit in with the other shows and seemed very contrived. Some, like this one, were bad--and some were horrible (such as the Moriarty and baseball team episodes in both shows).

Picard is supposed to do some complicated diplomatic mission with some annoying insect people. The problem is that a holodeck malfunction keeps him trapped with a few other cast members in a pulp fiction novel. In many ways it's like a Raymond Chandler novel--which has ZERO to do with a sci-fi show! Some people might have enjoyed it--I would much rather see film noir OR sci-fi--not both at the same time. Pretty dumb and unfortunately the first of many.

By the way, if you do watch, note Laurence Tierney as the heavy and Dick Miller as a newspaper salesman.

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