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 J in Jarada is pronounced in the Spanish fashion, something rare, and possibly unique, for a Star Trek alien name. See more
Geordi and Wesley claim that the crew members in the holodeck could vanish if the computer problem isn't solved correctly, but this isn't true. The holodeck is simply a place where holograms are projected and can have physical effects upon humans if the safety protocols are removed. The only harm that could come to the people trapped in the holodeck would be something that happened to them in the program, such as being shot or falling. If the holodeck program were taken offline, the crew members would simply be left in a bare room. See more
[on Redblock's gang
Nice company you're keeping, Dix. You forget to take the trash out this morning?
References The Long Goodbye
Out of Nowhere
by Edward Heyman
and John Green See more