Wesley Crusher returns to the Enterprise on vacation from the Academy only to discover a mysterious alien game infiltrating and controlling the crew.

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On its way to the unchartered Phoenix cluster, the Enterprise gets a visit by shuttle from Starfleet Academy Cadet Wesley Crusher on leave, all help being welcome now the research time has been cut to two weeks. Everyone is happy to see the popular, brilliant boy back and hear about his faring, some exchanging some of their own cadet memories. New Ensign Lefler, about his age, takes a personal interest in him and vice versa. Wesley wisely wonders why the computer game Riker brought back from shore leave so quickly became popular or rather addictive before he tries it as they all insist. He discovers it stimulates the pleasure center but affects the higher brain functions, and Data wasn't incapacitated by accident but disconnected by players because androids' computer brains are immune for the game. Alas by now Wesley is the only unaffected human, all the others hunt him down after Picard took orders for the game's distribution to other ships and bases from tailing Kitarean ship ... Written by KGF Vissers

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This takes place in 2368. See more »

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When Wesley Crusher arrives on the Enterprise, he soon enters the room where the crew is waiting for him. When Wesley is inside the door is closing, he cant see a thing. He did not know he was going to be surprised, so logic would dictate he would ask the computer to turn on the lights or the lights should go on automatically. See more »

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Commander William T. Riker: What is this?
Etana Jol: It's a game. Everyone here's playing it. It's fun!
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Data's Day (1991) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar
31 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is a little of "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers" involved in this episode. There are also some very sensual scenes, also pointed out by earlier reviewers. The plot involves the presence of a kind of video game that gains access to the brain. As one plays, he or she is absorbed into the game to the exclusion of duties. They are also absorbed into a collective mentality. The crew, not being dummies, know that Data is an interloper and they proceed to shut him down. The only ones who are aware that things are going to hell are the visiting Wesley Crusher and the beautiful Robin Lefler. They are alone aboard a ship of addicts who are trying to force them into their game. They are under the control of the commander of another ship who has plans to infect the entire sector of the galaxy. Wesley and Robin are able to interpret the medical data through brain scans. Meanwhile, Data is the key. He is the once dangerous force to the drug addled crew. The look on Picard's face when he lies to Wesley says it all. It is obvious that their fearless leader has succumbed to the attack and this really becomes frightening. A really imaginative use of the characters.


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