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Star Trek: The Next Generation: A Fistful of Datas

Stardate: 46271.5 During some down time on the Enterprise, Geordi runs an experiment to see if Data has the memory capacity to act as a backup to the Enterprise’s memory banks in an emergency. However, system problems then occur. Meanwhile, as Worf, his son, and Troi enjoy time on the holodeck, things go wrong there too. Data appears as the villain in their old west setting, and Worf learns the holodeck safeties are off, and there is no way they can exit.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x8
Production Number: 234
Airdate: Monday November 09th, 1992

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Nov 09, 1992
FR (BBC TWO) Aug 30, 1995
UK (BBC TWO) Aug 30, 1995

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Guest Stars
Brian Bonsall
As Alexander Rozhenko
Majel Barrett
voiced Computer
John Pyper-Ferguson
As Eli Hollander
Joy Garrett
As Annie
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 46271.5. The Enterprise has entered orbit of Deinonychus VII but our rendezvous with supply ship Biko has been delayed by 48 hours. In the meantime, the crew are taking advantage of the delay to pursue their own projects, myself included.
*Captain's Log, supplemental. La Forge and Data have found the cause of the mysterious malfunctions which have been plaguing the ship.
*Captain's Log, Stardate 46278.3. Both Commander Data and the computer have been restored to normal operation. Our rendezvous with the ship Biko has proceeded as planned.

Episode Quotes
(after an obvious prostitute whistles at them, in the Old West setting of the holodeck)
Worf: You wrote this holodeck program yourself?
Alexander: Well... Mr. Barclay helped a little.
Worf: (looking back at the prostitute) I must have a little talk with Mr. Barclay....

Cultural References
Title: A Fistful of Datas

A Fistful of Dollars (1964) is the first of Italian director Sergio Leone's famous spaghetti western trilogy, of which the last is the well-known (everyone knows its title and classic Ennio Morricone theme song, even if they hate westerns or old movies. Opening bit here) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Collectively they are known as the Dollars trilogy (the second being For A Few Dollars More), and launched the long and widely varied career of then little-known Clint Eastwood as The Man with No Name.

Episode References
The flute Jean-Luc is seen playing at the beginning is, of course, the Ressikan flute he got in the previous season's The Inner Light (05x25)

Warning: Star Trek: The Next Generation season 6 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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