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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Katherine Moffat ...
Etana Jol
Diane Hurley ...
Woman (as Diane M. Hurley)


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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26 October 1991 (USA)  »

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Ashley Judd's first on screen kiss. See more »


When Wesley is captured and pinned to the Captain's chair so that Picard can force the game on him, he squeezes his eyes shut. Riker forces them open. But Wesley still manages to casually blink. See more »


Ensign Lefler: Law 36: You gotta go with what works.
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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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I love this episode, Ashley Judd just steals the show!
6 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

At this point Wesley has been off the show for some time now and we've only seen a blip of the beautiful Ashley Judd in the previous episode Darmok, obviously the Stage gate for this episode. Now both come back in thriving passion due to an addictive game that has seemingly taken over the rest of the crew, bottom they are the only ones who know about it in time and can stop it, but can they against the odds?

What's interesting to me is that while I love the Star Trek universe as a whole, what I mostly love are very unique or confrontational battle like episodes. So while this episode is unique it hardly has much of a sub plot or battle like feel. So what filled that gap for me was Mainly Ashley Judd as she is just stunningly beautiful as she is today, but here she was in her young twenties and boy was she just as vibrant and talented back then. So the flirtatious aspect of her and Wesley through this building episode did more than carry it for me. It's amazing how much of an open face actress she was back then showing all those emotions and thoughts and you can see looking back why she was born to stardom. I mainly write reviews for movies and seldom TV shows and again while I love the Star Trek universe overall I have to say I really found this episode a gem after all this time... Maybe it's the old man in me coming out over a young, beautiful and talented Ashley, but I enjoyed it very mush. Well done...

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