Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 6

The Game (26 Oct. 1991)

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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 »


At time index 5:32 Picard informs Riker that Wesley will be joining the Enterprise via shuttle for vacation from the academy. At 9:16 Wesley arrives via an Oberth class starship, not a shuttle. See more »


[Wesley has asked Picard about the initials 'AF' carved into an elm tree]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Wesley, if you meet someone, whose initials you might want to carve into that elm tree, don't let it interfere with your studies. I failed organic chemistry because of AF.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Data's Day (1991) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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An odd case where the young people are disgusted by all the adults playing videogames!
22 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the show begins, you learn that Wesley is on leave from Starfleet Academy and will soon be coming to visit. As for Riker, he's doing what he ALWAYS does--trying to get his groove on with an alien lady. However, instead of doing the nasty, she slips a video game headpiece on his head and instantly Riker is addicted. In fact, he's SO addicted that he brings more of these devices aboard and soon just about everyone is playing 'the game'. So, into this weird environment arrives Wesley and he and his new girlfriend (a very young and adorable Ashley Judd) are alarmed at how much time is being used by players in this game. Additionally, Wesley examines one of these gaming devices and finds out that it is deliberately addictive. But what can these two do---just about everyone aboard is hooked and serving some new overlords!

This is a cute turn--seeing two young people who don't want to play videogames and all the adults hooked! The plot is original and clever and worth seeing.

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