Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 6 Episode 8

A Fistful Of Datas

4
Aired Unknown Nov 09, 1992 on CBS
8.0
out of 10
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Stardate: 46271.5 Worf and his son, Alexander, become trapped in the holodeck when their Wild West program malfunctions. However, they must find a way to defeat the holographic bandits who have Data's appearance and abilities.

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  • good episode, just don't dig to deep in the obvious mistakes

    7.5
    Seriously, how is it every time they show just the main characters (out of a crew of 1,000) going into the holodeck. the "safety-switch" is somehow disabled. COME ON! That's like having a flight simulator hanging 100 feet in the air that might drop if someone hits the wrong switch. Why the HELL would Starfleet even have a "safety" switch, just make the holodeck UNABLE to cause real harm. DUH! I know, I know, they need that to make the episode more suspenseful, its just ridiculous to think they would ever have that built in like that. People on the ship and the other ships would be getting killed a lot looking at the statistics on how often it happens. Still, its a fun episode, but not how it would really be in the Star Trek universe.moreless
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Klingon

    8.0
    This offbeat Worf episode (which serves as a vehicle for Brent Spiner to flex his acting muscles) is a fan favorite, thanks to everyone clearly having a great time paying homage to the great Westerns. (Personally, I would have stuck with the episode's original title: "The Good, the Bad and the Klingon.") The plot allows the cast and crew to film outside in a back lot for a change, and director Patrick Stewart makes the most of the opportunity. And while the episode is another "malfunctioning holodeck story", most fans give it a pass, because it's so darn entertaining. (DS9 would even go on to reinvent the premise and improve upon it with their fourth season episode, "Our Man Bashir".)moreless
  • The “Enterprise” crew gets to experience some free time. Picard is in his quarters practicing his music. He keeps getting interrupted. First he is interrupted by Data and LaForge.

    9.1
    The “Enterprise” crew gets to experience some free time. Picard is in his quarters practicing his music. He keeps getting interrupted. First he is interrupted by Data and LaForge. They want permission to run tests on an interface that would allow Data to control ship functions in case a computer failure arrives. Next he is interrupted by Dr. Krusher. Then by Lt. Worf, who is all work and no play. Picard suggests he uses the free time to relax. Data experiences a power surge while attach to the computer interface causing a ship full of Data’s personalities.moreless
  • Exactly the kind of quality one should expect from a great series!

    9.8
    This episode reminds us that "The Great Bird of the Galaxy" himself, Gene Roddenberry called Star Trek the "Wagon Train to the Stars". Sure, the wagons got a bit more spiffy, and the distances grew, but at heart, Star Trek is just a fancy cowboy story. Everything about this episode reminds us of those great spaghetti Westerns from the 60's that had a huge impact on Gene Roddenberry, and his vision of the future. And the highlight of the episode isn't just one moment, but dozens, as Brent Spiner shows off his wide range of acting talents. From the costumes to the accents, it's a real spectacle, and a joy to watch!moreless
  • When Data and LaForge try an experiment interfacing Data with the ship's systems, malfunctions begin to occur in several areas, including the holodeck. Unfortunately, Worf, Alexander, and Troi are in the middle of an Ancient West story that turns deadly.moreless

    10
    This is one of my favorite episodes of TNG. Anything that gives Brent Spiner a chance to show off his acting chops is a good thing. I know it's another holo-deck-malfunctions-story but it's a lot of fun. Michael Dorn seems to enjoy his role as well, and Marina Sirtis gets to be a gun-slinger; lots of fun seeing her in something totally different. Then you have the Enterprise riding off into the sunset, a perfect ending to a really great episode. I gave it a 10, and kudos to Brent Spiner who does a great job playing several different characters.moreless
Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt./Lt. Cmdr. Worf

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Joy Garrett

Joy Garrett

Annie

Guest Star

John Pyper-Ferguson

John Pyper-Ferguson

Eli Hollander

Guest Star

Jorge Cervera Jr.

Jorge Cervera Jr.

Bandito

Guest Star

Brian Bonsall

Brian Bonsall

Alexander

Recurring Role

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: Picard is seen playing the Ressikian flute he received in "The Inner Light."

    • Trivia: By the 24th century, the "Old West" of our time has become the "Ancient West."

    • Near the beginning of the episode when Worf hands Picard the padd in the Captain's quarters, Picard holds it in his hand with the screen on top and buttons on the bottom. In the next shot, we see the padd is suddenly upside-down and the position of Picard's hand has changed.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (upon knocking out some of Eli's men)
      Worf: I am beginning to see the appeal of this program!

    • Data: Commander. You just sit tight. We'll have this fixed up in time for supper.

    • Data: Spot, you are disrupting my ability to work.
      (Spot jumps on desk)
      Spot: Meow.
      Data: Vamoose ya little varment.

    • (Eli shoots a "Wanted" ad with his picture)
      Eli: If I ever find the varmint that drew this, he'll be sorry he ever put pen to paper. I'm 10 times uglier than that, ain't I?
      (a bandito laughs out loud)
      Eli: Shut up! You laugh so much, it's a wonder you ain't got flies in your mouth.
      Bandito: You're a very funny man, Senor Eli.

    • (upon seeing prostitute in holodeck)
      Worf: You wrote this holodeck program yourself?
      Alexander: Well, Mr. Barclay helped a little.
      Worf: I must have a little talk with Mr. Barclay.

    • Eli: (to Worf) I've killed 23 men; one more wouldn't make much of a difference... Of course, shooting someone as ugly as you couldn't be considered much of a crime, now could it? Was you born that way, or did your momma marry an armadillo?

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