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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The whole episode revolves around the trouble with opening the holodeck doors to rescue the Captain and crew when the system malfunctions. At no time, however, is the alternative of using the transporter to beam them out, and then fixing the systems when no one is in danger, proposed. See more
Commander William T. Riker
So - have a nice vacation?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
It was a nice place to visit, Number One, but... I wouldn't want to die there.
References The Big Sleep
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more