Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 3

Elementary, Dear Data

Aired Unknown Dec 05, 1988 on CBS

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  • In a holodeck program perfectly created for Data, he and La Forge enter into a Sherlock Holmes-type mystery and, of course, get more than they bargain for in the process.

    In a very clever episode to test Data's true intellectual prowess, he and La Forge and Dr. Pulaski attempt to create an Arthur Conan Doyle style mystery set in London in Victorian times. The trick will be to create a mystery in the Holmesian style, yet make it unique to Data's set of parameters. A simple faux pas leads to an adversary capable of defeating the entire ship and not just Sherlock Holmes. Picard gets called in to clean up the mess and does so artfully. A great episode that would be typified in the full-length movies by having a great Data and Picard story intertwined.