While the crew is experiencing some much needed down time, Worf and his son go on an Old West excursion in the holodeck, where they meet several versions of Data serving as the bad guy after an experiment in Engineering goes wrong.


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Gene Roddenberry (created by), Robert Hewitt Wolfe (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data / Frank Hollander / Eli Hollander / Henchman / Bandito / Annie Meyers
Brian Bonsall ... Alexander Rozhenko
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Eli Hollander
Joy Garrett Joy Garrett ... Annie Meyers
Jorge Cervera Jr. Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Bandito
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


When a supply ship is a day late, the Enterprise crew has an unexpected day to kill in leisure. Geordi and Data get permission to do an experiment, taking the main computer off line a few hours and Data's circuit running various systems, but a small physical burn-out in Data causes a series of malfunctions in him, such as his vocabulary and voice aberrations, but also various glitches in the many functions of the ship's computer, such as keeping track of recordings of say Picard's flute music or the text of a play Crusher and Riker are in. It's worst of all for Worf, who was ordered by Picard to indulge in some purposeless leisure, and chose to join his son Alexander on the holodeck as sheriff and deputy, with period adept Troi as mysterious stranger, in Deadwood, a Wild West evocation, in which two Data-like villains appear, also father and son, with daunting android abilities and no regular computer-restraint.. Written by KGF Vissers

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7 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first Trek episode written by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, later to become a prominent writer on the soon to begin Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). See more »


The Holodeck is set to appear as Deadwood in the "ancient west." However, Deanna looks at a map while waiting for Worf to return to the sheriff's office. The map is of Arizona, not South Dakota where Deadwood is located. Tombstone is in AZ. Props needed a course in western US geography. See more »


Counselor Deanna Troi: [to Worf after his encounter with Frank Hollander] My God, you've been shot!
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Crazy Credits

This western inspired episode ends with the Enterprise flying into the sunset... See more »


References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Inner Light (1992) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Sheriff Worf, tamin' the West
15 June 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

A holodeck episode means two things: something's going to go wrong, and the cast gets out of the office to stretch their legs for an episode. 'A Fistful of Datas' has a few things working in its favor. For one, it's the crew having fun with an old west tale (and making use of the backlot and SoCal sunshine); two, Patrick Stewart in the director's chair, which helps keep spirits high; three, the pitch-perfect casting of John Pyper-Ferguson, and this was probably the audition tape for his stint on "Brisco County Jr." But having Data go haywire allows Brent Spiner to mug for the camera and do funny voices. Add all this up and you've got a somewhat lighter story with a cast that's willing to go for it. It all comes together quite nicely.


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