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TNG 6-08

TNG 6x08
"A Fistful of Datas"

Original airdate: 11/9/1992
Rewatch date: 8/30/2012


Worf, Alexander, and Troi are trapped in a holodeck simulation of the Ancient West when a computer malfunction turns all the characters into Data.

Spoiler-free notes:

The flute Picard plays at the start of the episode is the first reference to his second life in "The Inner Light."

Yeah, let's plug Data into the main computer. There's no way that can go wrong.

"I'm not much of an actor." Patrick Stewart is so good, I actually believe Picard.

"You designed this holodeck program yourself?" "Well, Mr. Barclay helped a little." Okay, that's funny.

When Data breaks into Western speak with things like, "Vamoose, you little varmint," I hear Bob Wheeler.

Much like the last episode, "Rascals," this episode looks, on paper, like a terrible idea. The plot is an obvious set-up with no thematic relevance to anything; the details are full of convenient nonsense and technobabble; it's another rehash of old ideas ("Elementary, Dear Data"); and the entire thing relies on half-funny gags that take cues from pop culture. Still, the actors have so much fun playing against type that there's an infectious attitude of joy throughout the entire mess, inviting the audience to just go with it and have a good time. What can I say? I did. And yes, there is a little bit of character growth here in how Worf bonds with his son, so it's not a total waste of time.





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