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Stardate: 45208.2 In an effort to gain control over Enterprise, a visual video game is employed to control the crews’ minds. Wesley and another crewmate, who have not played the game, must save the crew from their game addiction.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x6
Production Number: 206
Airdate: Monday October 28th, 1991

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Oct 28, 1991
FR (BBC TWO) Jan 25, 1995
UK (BBC TWO) Jan 25, 1995

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8/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Ashley JuddAshley Judd
As Ensign Robin Lefler
Colm MeaneyColm Meaney
As Miles O'Brien
Wil WheatonWil Wheaton
As Wesley Crusher
Katherine MoffatKatherine Moffat
As Etana Jol

Co-Guest Stars
Patti YasutakePatti Yasutake
As Alyssa Ogawa
Main Cast
Patrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
Michael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden
As Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis
As Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain's log, Stardate 45208.2. Commander Riker has rejoined the Enterprise from Risa. And we are on our way to an uncharted area called the Phoenix Cluster. We are all anticipating this historic first look at the region.
*Captain's log, supplemental. We have arrived at the Phoenix Cluster, but it will take us several hours to determine the best possible location from which to conduct our survey. In the meantime, Commander Data's condition remains unchanged, with no further indication as to the cause of his breakdown.
*Captain's log, Stardate 45212.1. We have delivered the Ktarian vessel to Starbase 82. We are now on a course to rendezvous with the Starship Merrimack, which will take Wesley Crusher back to the Academy now that his vacation is over.

Cultural References
Data: There was one event, an Academy tradition, the Sadie Hawkins Dance?

Sadie Hawkins was a character in the exceptionally popular 30s and 40s comic strip L'il Abner. In the strip, Sadie Hawkins Day was November 13th (the first strip about it was Nov. 13, 1937), and, on that day, all the unmarried women of Dogpatch (where the strip took place, and of which group Sadie Hawkins was one of) were allowed to chase after any unmarried man and got to marry any man they caught (the plot conflict was that the title character, L'il Abner, "wasn't the marryin' kind", despite being one of the area's most eligible bachelors, and so would go to great lengths to not get caught).

Sadie Hawkins dances became popular in the late 30s and early 40s (the first known such event took place on Nov. 9, 1938), and are unique in that they reversed the then-strongly typical tradition of the females waiting for the males to ask them to dance. At a Sadie Hawkins Dance, the women ask the males to dance, and the males are expected to wait for an invitation. With Women's Liberation, the overall tradition softened substantially, but the dances are still popular in some regions.

The social impact of L'il Abner through the 30s and 40s should not be underestimated. Many cultural memes and jokes were derived from it, some of which survive even today, though few know their origination. A Sadie Hawkins is one of the more lasting of these memes.

Warning: Star Trek: The Next Generation season 5 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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