Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 3

Elementary, Dear Data

Aired Unknown Dec 05, 1988 on CBS

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  • Geordi attempts to create a worthwhile opponent for Data in a Sherlock Holmes recreation.

    This episode showcases the importance TNG's expanded second season budget, with a new jaw dropping London street set created just for an hour of tv. (Sets like these, along with more location shooting for beam-downs, allowed Planet Hell - the stage used for all planetary "locations" in season one – to be retired, greatly improving the show.) This is a "Data" episode that grew organically out of Data's experience in "The Big Goodbye", and like most of the episodes that revolve around our favorite android, "Elementary, Dear Data" is well written and well acted. In fact, this is one that might have been a two parter had it been made in a later season. Daniel Davis guest stars as Professor Moriarty and is fabulous.