Diagnosing anomalies in the Sherlock Holmes holodeck programs, Lieutenant Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III discovers a protected memory program containing the self-aware arch-villain character Professor James Moriarty, who demands fulfillment of an overdue promise by the crew to think up a way for him to leave the holodeck. To Picard's astonishment, Moriarty proves empirically that his will suffices for him to leave the holodeck and retain his physical body. Picard grants him the benefit of the doubt of a reformed character, despite his crimes in fiction, but refuses to additionally grant life to the Countess Bartholomew, who was created as his ideal but holographic mate. Moriarty seizes control of the Enterprise to force the crew to make good on their promise at pain of total destruction. That still leaves the technological challenge, but Data's logical deduction comes up with an entirely different viewpoint, inspiring another challenge and approach.
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When Barclay goes to the holodeck to track down the problems, the door opens automatically, as do doors to crew quarters, turbolifts, etc. The holodeck is accessed by communicating to through the computer panel next to the doors. See more
My God - we're adrift in the heavens!
[when looking out into space for the first time
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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