"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Elementary, Dear Data (TV Episode 1988) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • An attempt to provide Data with a challenging Sherlock Holmes holodeck RPG scenario backfires when its Prof. Moriarty character accidentally becomes self-aware.

  • When the Enterprise arrives a few days early at its rendezvous point to meet the USS Victory, the crew have a bit of leisure time on their hands. For Data and Geordi Laforge, it means a trip to the holodeck and 221B Baker St. With Data in the role of Holmes and Laforge as Dr. Watson, they take on a challenge from Dr. Pulaski that Data couldn't solve a genuine mystery. Data has a bit of time adjusting to a real mystery - as opposed to one for which he knows the outcome. In giving the holodeck computer its instructions however, Geordi's specifications for an opponent results in a far superior creation than expected putting them and the entire ship in danger.

  • During an unexpected leisure period, LaForge treats Data to a holodeck enactment of a Sherlock Holmes story, but abandons his Watson part, finding the Conan Doyle fan simply solves the mystery by heart, without fun search. Now the computer is asked to devise an original Holmes plot, which data may even fail to win. Dr. Moriarty is conjured, but not only takes Dr. Pulaski hostage, he also works out he's now in a 23th century environment and learns frightfully fast how to (ab)use Enterprise technology.

  • During an adventure on the holodeck, in which Data is portraying Sherlock Holmes, Geordi asks the computer to create a Moriarty adversary capable of defeating Data. Since the request specifies that Moriarty should be greater than *Data* himself (and not the Holmes character), the resulting character proves himself capable of far exceeding their expectations...


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