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Elementary, Dear Data
Stardate 42286.3
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 29 (2.3)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant Worf
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton   IMDB   Wesley Crusher
Guest Cast:
Diana Muldaur   IMDB   Chief Medical Officer Katherine Pulaski
Daniel Davis   IMDB   Professor James Moriarty
Alan Shearman   IMDB   Inspector Lestrade
Biff Manard   IMDB   Ruffian
Diz White   IMDB   Prostitute
Anne Elizabeth Ramsay   IMDB   Ensign Clancy
Richard Merson   IMDB   Pie Man
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Rob Bowman   IMDB
Brian Alan Lane   IMDB
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 15
Star Trek: The Next Generation #138: Ship in a Bottle
The Next Generation Teaser #029: Elementary, Dear Data

When the Starship Enterprise arrives three days ahead of schedule to rendezvous with the U.S.S. Victory, the crew is presented with some well-deserved free time.
Knowing that Data is a Sherlock Holmes aficionado, Geordi summons Data to the holodeck, where they travel back to Victorian London to solve one of the famed detective's mysteries. Geordi plays Dr. Watson to Data's Holmes, but the trip turns out to be a brief one - having memorized every one of the Sherlock Holmes books, Data can solve the crime with very little effort.

Returning to the U.S.S. Enterprise, Geordi tries to explain to Data the difference between deduction and memorization. Dr. Kate Pulaski overhears their conversation and challenges Data to solve a real crime, a la Sherlock Holmes. Geordi orders the computer to present Data with an original mystery and an opponent who could defeat him.

Kate joins Data and Geordi as they return to London, via the holodeck. But their game turns serious when Kate is kidnapped by Holmes' arch-enemy, Professor James Moriarty. Although they track down Kate's location, they are unable to retrieve her because Moriarty has taken control of the holodeck computer.

Leaving the holodeck, Geordi and Data apprise the crew of the situation with Kate. They learn that the computer didn't create an adversary worthy of Holmes' intelligence, but of Data's - which means Moriarty is very bright indeed! Picard insists upon returning to London with Data to rescue Kate.

Data leads Picard to Moriarty, who is still holding Kate hostage. Although Data offers to concede victory to his nemesis in order to end the charade, Moriarty wants more. He wants to leave the holodeck and become real. Luckily, Picard is able to convince Moriarty that he does not yet know how to convert artificially created holodeck matter into a more permanent form, and Moriarty releases Kate from captivity.

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 20:14:43
Holodeck story, enough said. It does have some marvelous overacting by Data/Brent in the role of Sherlock Holmes. Professor Moriaty is not bad as a villain in Star Trek. I'm afraid if it weren't for Data playing the violin, this would have been very bad. But he does, and a very good job he did of it too.

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