Writer: Brian Alan Lane
What the hell were they thinking when they put this thing together? It must have gone something like this: Data episode (as he’s so popular): check. Holodeck episode: check. Dressing up: check. Totally unbelievable storyline: check.
Because that is the problem. Geordi merely asking the computer to create an adversary capable of defeating Data should not have resulted in a being that was able to take over the ship. Period. There would be protocols in the system to prevent that from happening. So the whole concept of the episode is rubbish.
Then there’s the false start where Geordi walks out because he is fed up of Data guessing what was going on with the original case. Surely he would have raised his concerns of even programmed the holodeck himself – otherwise he must have realised that exactly this would happen.
Then there’s Pulaski still making viewers hate her by being a bitch towards Data. She must have realised by now that Data is more than the sum of his parts because a) she has worked with him a couple of times now, and b) HE’S THE BLOODY SECOND OFFICER OF THE FLAGSHIP OF THE SODDING FLEET.
And also there’s that ludicrous bit where they take the bit of paper containing the drawing of the Enterprise off the holodeck. Duh!
In fairness, if the episode had ended with the twist that the bit they thought was real was all part of the program then this might have worked. But as it was it did not, it was simply very annoying. Okay, the guy who played Moriarty played him well (so well they do bring him back at a later date) but this episode is really the worst sort of hokum. Avoid.
Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crea Deaths So Far: 5
Katy Boyer (Zero One)
Jack Sheldon (Piano Player)
Gene Dynarski(Cmdr. Quinteros)
Carolyn McCormick (Minuet)
Alexandra Johnson (One Zero)
Iva Lane (Zero Zero)
Kelli Ann McNally (One One)
Ron Brown (Drummer)
Abdul Salaam El Razzac (Bass Player)
This episode is so simple, in fact almost nothing happens in it, yet somehow it is great. Riker in particular does well out of this episode – there aren’t all that many episodes that give him a lot to do, but this one does.
The premise is simple: the Enterprise is in a starbase having it’s first upgrade, including an upgrade on the holodeck. Many of the crew leave for some shore leave (as much of the ship has to be shut down to facilitate the upgrades) – for example Worf and Tasha go and play a game called Parisee Squares (a game we hear about a lot but don’t see) and Riker spends the first fifteen minutes getting the brush off from everyone as they all have other things to do, and he is pretty much the only person left on the ship apart from Picard, Wesley and the upgrade team (four Binars). There is a really nice scene in the upgraded holodeck where Riker creates a fantasy woman in a Jazz bar in the 1950’s, and plays a bit of trombone. Picard joins him.
Suddenly, the antimatter containment field starts to collapse and so they evacuate the Enterprise. The sequence where the ship is abandoned and sent out into space so the explosion is away from the starbase is bloody excellent, you get a real sense of how big the crew is. Riker and Picard are on the holodeck, but nobody can contact them. As soon as the ship gets away from the starbase the magnetic field repairs itself. It turns out that the Binars have stolen the Enterprise because something is going to wipe the computer on their planet. The Binars copy their computer onto the Enterprise computer, and then when it is wiped they restore it using the Enterprise backup. When asked why they didn’t ask for help, their answer was simple and perfectly logical for a binary race: “you might have said no.”
It’s simple, it’s great. Minuet (Rikers fantasy woman on the holodeck) is such a complex computer character that Riker kind of falls for her, and is upset when she is wiped from the holodeck memory. As we get to find out in a few years time, he liked her so much he pretty much thought of her as a real person!
Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 1