In which Captain Picard and Data look completely fly in chalkstripe suits and fedoras and what else do I care about?
Seriously. Unf. Jaunty. Jean-Luc Picard knows how to angle a hat.
Memory Alpha says: Captain Picard and some of the Enterprise crew get stuck on the holodeck on their way to an important diplomatic mission. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)
I think I’m going to write this one up as a proper summary with commentary, because I’ve been slothful lately. I know the bullet point commentary works okay for people who watch the episode themselves and then see what I had to say about it, but there’s something to be said for reading an episode. Sometimes it’s almost as satisfying as actually watching it, not that I can really explain why.
Anyway! This is the first episode to feature holodeck LARPing and start exploring the storytelling possibilities of this nifty bit of technology – which, if you want to be realistic about it, is obviously incredibly dangerous to have on your starship, almost as dangerous as Data. Both are extremely powerful and unpredictably glitchy – but the holodeck is fun and Data is lovable, and quite frankly we know where our priorities lie.
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