The Big Goodbye

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41997.7: During a holodeck holiday in the fictitious world of Dixon Hill, Captain Picard, Data, Doctor Crusher and ship’s historian Whalen become trapped in a murder mystery where their chances of being murdered are very real, while impatient aliens threaten the ship when its captain is unavailable for scheduled diplomatic negotiations…

Order the DVDswritten by Tracy Torme’
directed by Joseph L. Scanlan
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Lawrence Tierney (Cyrus Redblock), Harvey Jason (Leech), William Boyett (Bell), David Selburg (Whalen), Gary Armagnal (McNary), Mike Genovese (Desk Sergeant), Dick Miller (Vendor), Carolyn Allport (Jessica Bradley), Rhonda Aldrich (Madeline), Erik Cord (Thug)

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Elementary, Dear Data

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42286.3: Doctor Pulaski bets Geordi that Data would be overwhelmed if confronted with an intricate Holmesianmystery he has not yet read or experienced, and when the chief engineer and Data put this to the test, a too-perfect holodeck program almost ensures that not only will Data be beaten, but the Enterprise may be commandeered by Professor Moriarty.

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directed by Rob Bowman
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Daniel Davis (Professor Moriarty), Alan Shearman (Inspector Lestrade), Biff Manard (Ruffian), Diz White (Prostitute), Anne Elizabeth Ramsay (Assistant Engineer Clancy), Richard Merson (Pie Man)

Notes: Actor Daniel Davis won the part of a British butler on the series The Nanny largely on the strength of his performance in this episode and its sixth season sequel, Ship In A Bottle. Davis isn’t British at all, but actually hails from Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Ship In A Bottle

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 46424.1: As the Enterprise is en route to witness the collision of two gaseous planets, Data and Geordi visit the London of Sherlock Holmes, noticing small program anomalies. Barclay checks the holodeck’s programming and unwittingly reactivates a program which had been created and put into storage four years before when Moriarty, in another Holmes program, evolved into Data’s ideal adversary. Moriarty demands to talk to Picard. Unknown to the crew, he has been alive and aware in the computer’s memory the whole time, and he defies the laws of physics by stepping out of the holodeck and roaming the Enterprise. Moriarty asks that a Countess with whom he fell in love in the course of another holodeck program be brought to life to accompany him, but Picard is reluctant, preferring instead to research just how Moriarty has achieved corporeal existence, and to determine whether or not the professor intends to continue his legendary criminal activities. As it turns out, Moriarty is indeed planning on attempting a swindle of an immense scale – but Picard means to see that Moriarty’s scheme is limited to the scale of the holodeck.

Order the DVDswritten by Renè Echavarria
directed by Alexander Singer
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Dwight Schultz (Lt. Barclay), Daniel Davis (Professor Moriarty), Clement Von Franckenstein (Gentleman), Stephanie Beacham (Countess), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Twisted

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: On Holodeck 2, Kes’ second birthday party is interrupted by the news of a spatial distortion. As the crew scatters to their duty stations, they discover that something has affected the inside of the ship and the corridors seem to be shifting. It becomes impossible to reliably get anywhere by standard means. Captain Janeway makes physical contact with the anomaly and is rendered unconscious, leaving Chokotay in command as an implosion ring continues to crush the ship. After exhausting all other courses of action, the crew is left with the most unlikely option of all.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Kenneth Biller
story by Arnold Rudnick and Rich Hosek
directed by Kim Friedman
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Judy Geeson (Sandrine), Larry Hankin (Gaunt Gary), Tom Virtue (Baxter), Terry Correll (Crewman)

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Our Man Bashir

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Bashir is indulging in a holosuite program in which he is a glamorous British superspy on 1960’s Earth, when he is joined by an uninvited guest – Garak. Meanwhile, the Runabout Orinoco is returning from a conference, with Sisko, Kira, Dax, Worf, and O’Brien aboard, when it explodes due to sabotage. The Ops transporter is damaged while beaming them off, but Odo and Eddington manage to store the patterns…in Bashir’s holo- program, it turns out, where Bashir is startled to find the characters replaced by the images of the missing officers. While Eddington, Odo, and Rom figure out how to reintegrate their physical and neural patterns, Bashir must make sure the holosuite computer doesn’t kill them off as part of his fantasy.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Ronald D. Moore
story by Robert Gillan
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Max Grodenchik (Rom), Kenneth Marshall (Eddington), Andrew Robinson (Garak), Melissa Young (Caprice), Marci Brickhouse (Mona Luvsitt)

LogBook entry by Tracy Hemenover

Worst Case Scenario

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 50953.4: Chakotay startles B’Elanna by recruiting her for a Maquis mutiny, and then proceeds to carry it out. Things get even stranger when Seska turns up as one of the mutineers. Suddenly Paris walks into the scene, revealing the fact that Torres is playing a holo-novel. The experience was designed by Tuvok as a training exercise shortly after the joining of the two crews when the security officer felt that a mutiny was a real possibility. The fresh literary material is so intriguing to the crew that many of them begin surreptitiously playing the program and Janeway instructs Tuvok to write an ending and make it more than a training exercise. But Seska had discovered the program before she defected to the Kazon and she rewrote the subroutines to take her revenge on Tuvok for having betrayed the Maquis back when they were still in the Alpha Quadrant.

Order the DVDswritten by Kenneth Biller
directed by Alex Singer
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Martha Hackett (Seska), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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The Bride of Chaotica

Star Trek: VoyagerThe Story So Far: In our last adventure, heroic space pilot Tom Paris created a holodeck simulation to recreate the sci-fi serials of the 1950s. But this week, young Tom is faced with a deadly dilemma as photonic aliens board the proud starship Voyager and find themselves under attack from the evil Doctor Chaotica! Will Tom vanquish the evil Chaotica and make peace with these visitors made of light? Will Captain Janeway save the crew without losing her dignity in the process? Tune in next time, true believers!

Order the DVDsteleplay by Bryan Fuller & Michael Taylor
story by Bryan Fuller
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Martin Rayner (Dr. Chaotica), Nicholas Worth (Lonzak), Jim Krestalude (Alien #1), Tarik Ergin (Robot), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

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Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: While Bashir and O’Brien are visiting Vic’s, the lounge suddenly turns into a sleazy dive, and Vic is fired. The hotel has been bought by a mobster and old rival of Vic’s named Frankie Eyes – the result of a surprise plot development buried in the program by its designer. Rather than reset the program, which would wipe Vic’s memory, the DS9 officers concoct a plan to rob the casino, so that Frankie Eyes will be unable to pay the mob its cut.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Penny Johnson (Kasidy Yates), Marc Lawrence (Mr. Zeemo), Mike Starr (Tony Cicci), Robert Miano (Frankie Eyes), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Bobby Reilly (Countman), Chip Mayer (Guard), James Wellington (Al), James Darren (Vic Fontaine), Andrea Robinson (Blonde), Sammy Micco (Croupier), Jacqueline Case, Kelly Cooper, Michelle Johnston, Michelle Rudy, Kelly Sheerin (Dancers)

Notes: “Bobby” Reilly is also known as actor Robert O’Reilly, taking a break from his usual recurring role as Klingon Chancellor Gowron.

LogBook entry by Tracy Hemenover with notes by Earl Green

Spirit Folk

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: The peaceful folk of Fair Haven have never questioned the unusual number of strangers who have entered their village. At least not until Tom Paris calls upon an unknown power known as “computer” to make some slight alterations to life in Fair Haven. The townsfolk don’t take kindly to this hint of sorcery, and soon all of the strangers are persecuted – but Fair Haven’s residents may gain the upper hand when another power, something called the “holodeck failsafes,” leave the strangers at their mercy.

Order the DVDswritten by Bryan Fuller
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Finton McKeown (Michael Sullivan), Richard Riehle (Seamus), Ian Abercrombie (Milo), Ian Patrick Williams (Doc), Henriette Ivanans (Maggie), Duffie McIntire (Grace), Bairbre Dowling (Edith), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

Original Title: Daoine Sidhe

LogBook entry by Earl Green