Elementary, Dear Data


Elementary, Dear Data

Geordi La Forge has an idea: Pit Data as Sherlock Holmes against a foe on the holodeck. But the foe has ideas of his own. Seriously. He is thinking. Really. And he may have control of the Enterprise. Uh oh. Danger for Dr. Pulaski and a chance for Captain Picard to play dress up as we put Elementary, Dear Data in the Mission Log.

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  • Bruce Aguilar

    I love the crew dressing up in period costumes for a holodeck adventure but the computer creating a “sentient” being has always rubbed me the wrong way.

    • the problems they have w the Holodeck have always bothered me…was this the first Holodeck ever put into use? Do other ships have this problem? sigh….I liked how DS9 proved cool things happen elsewhere in the galaxy…

  • Season 2 brings false hopes he’ll get a love interest

  • nathankc

    Does it bug anyone else that when Geordi and Data walk out of the holodeck where Geordi makes the big dramatic reveal of Moriarty’s drawing of the Enterprise, that Geordi was holding it upside down so that he could dramatically flip it over to be right side up for the camera? It’s always bugged me that he wouldn’t have immediately turned it right side up as he was looking at it lol

  • Rebecca

    John, please don’t feel the need to defend yourself for liking Pulaski! I like her too. And one can love Beverley Crusher/Gates McFadden and still appreciate Pulaski as a character; it doesn’t need to be either/or. Data can also be one’s favorite character and find the doctor’s harsh skepticism/reaction to him “intriguing.”

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  • Luther Blissett

    This was one of those ‘wow!’ episodes for me as a kid. In that first viewing
    I kept expecting Moritary to be revealed as an out-and-out villain and defeated, so when it concluded with a respectful detente I was shocked. This was a different type of show than I was used to, a show that followed the contours of my own adolescent idealism.

    I was reluctant to re-watch this episode as an adult as I often steer away
    from the holodeck episodes, but I’m glad I didn’t. Daniel Davis’ Moriarty is perfect, like a Victorian Roy Batty. The self-awakened creation engaging in dialogue with its creator is a favorite archetype of mine. Take Frankenstein’s fiend or Milton’s Satan and replace the Gothic angst of those characters with Enlightenment optimism and you have some great viewing.

    I hope the general amnesia that pervades TV shows does not mean that the
    Moriarty program gets forgotten in some dusty sub-folder…