Monday, April 10, 2017

STAR TREK TNG - Ship In A Bottle

H is for Holodeck but what is it? Three dimensional projections of light and sound simulating locations, characters and scenarios like this one.

DATA AND GEORDI ON HOLODECK


 Ship in a Bottle begins with Data and Geordi running a Sherlock Holmes 3A programme which "demonstrates some very curious anomalies" on the Holodeck of USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D. Its funny listening to Data spout on with his lines all learned off by rote, chapter and verse. Just when the killer in about to get nailed in his "Sherlockian Holmes" Holo-adventure - soongs brilliant progeny cocks it all up. Kaazam, the bad guy turns out to be right handed, not left. Something is definitely afoot! You'd better Believe it. The Holodeck's computer is seriously confused.

GEORDI DATA AND REG

 So now the plot thickens leaving Geordi's Engineering sidekick Reginald Barclay running a level4 diagnostic on anomalistic sequences. Amazingly the computer (voiced by Majel Barett) informs Reg that all files conforms to specified parameters except those contained in protected memory!!! Poor dumb dumb Reg... if only he knew what happened in "Elementary, Dear Data" episode.

REGINALD BARCLAY UNLOCKS MORIARTY


 What does he do? He unlocks the holodeck sequence imprisoning Sherlock Holmes arch-enemy!!!! The famous adversary James Moriarty (Daniel Davis) presents himself live in the flesh! Moriarty tells Regs hes a real sentient lifeform not a simulation and given the right technology by Captain Picard of course he will leave the Holodeck, which stuns Reg into total denial but he'll find the Captain...

 MORIARTY AND PICARD ON HOLODECK


 So now we know Professor Moriarty is programmed to be as smart as Data, which results in him becoming self aware. The fun begins when Captain Picard enters 221 B bakers street. After pleasantries are exchanged the question remains, what now? Mind over matter. Cogito ergo sum. Brilliant reasoning no?

 Moriarty walks out into the Enterprise-D corridor, and doesn't vanish into thin air!!!! How is this possible???
 Moriarty: "I think therefore I am." 
PROFESSOR MORIARTY WALKS FREE FROM HOLODECK


At this point Moriarty's re-programmes the Holodeck and finds a way to motivate the rest of the amazed USS Enterprise bridge crew NCC 1701-D. So on the one hand, the only USS Enterprise-D we know to be true crew walking out of the Holodeck on 221 B Baker Street are: Captain Picard, Commander Data and Reginald Barclay only.

USS ENTERPRISE -D HELPLESS WHILE GAS PLANETS MERGE



 Meanwhile, two giant gas planets are about to fuse in the Detrian system and the Enterprise-D is stuck powerless. What does this ruthless Moriarty want? Countess Regina Bartholomew (Stephanie Beacham) and freedom to enter into the real world. You bet Riker is motivated to get moving fast!!!

PICARD, REG AND DATA WATCHING MORIARTY


The thing is Picard, Data and  Barclay are still on the Holodeck!! What would you do to get your ship back from your nemesis?  Using a ruse Captain Picard had to trick Moriarty to release control of the USS Enterprise-D.


COUNTESS REGINA AND MORIARTY THINK OF FREEDOM
BUT PICARD TRICKED THEM!!



Have you ever heard of Heisenberg Compensators? Uncoupling the transporter engineering thing was genius to fool these two love birds eh?  All you need is love? Well long story short it worked.
Professor Moriarty and the Countess Regina flew free to roam the galaxy in their shuttle, ahhh shucks how romantic!!!

COMMANDER RIKER SEES THEM OFF INTO A NEW HOLOWORLD



Live Long and Prosper !


Who was first to realise that the tricked USS Enterprise-D crew (Picard, Data and Geordi) were still on the holodeck? Wasn't it cool the way Picard tells the doppelganger Geordi to excuse Data and Picard for a moment?


WILL THEY EVER FIND OUT THEY'RE EXPLORING A HOLO-UNIVERSE?

10 comments:

James Pailly said...

That is one of my favorite episodes! I love the whole "Oh, sorry, we kind of forgot about you" thing with Moriarty.

Elephant's Child said...

Both of my brain cells are hurting. This is incredibly complex - and I do love Sherlock Holmes stories. And how well they can infiltrate others.

Spacer Guy said...

Well that makes two of us James, as Star Trek episodes go, Ship in a Bottle is fantastic.

Liz A. said...

It was a good trick.

Tony Laplume said...

I love the fact that Moriarty is the same actor as Niles the butler from The Nanny.

Susan Kane said...

Countess Regina and Moriarty are played by two talented actors. When I first watched this episode, I was into believing that this was real. Brilliant.

Spacer Guy said...


That show had a whole catalogue of guest appearances between 1993 to 1999, from Whoopi Goldberg, Elton John, Bette Midler, Jay Leno to Joan Collins and even ELizabeth Taylor. It helped big-style having someone like Davies known for his quick wit and sense of humor. After Star Trek The Next Gen grand finale in '94, I guess Davies and Beecham discovered a "real" universe rich in diversity after all!

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Gosh how we loved this Star Trek! It was and remains my favorite.
Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

Lynda Dietz said...

This was one of my favorite episodes. It was just so cleverly done, and Moriarty was such a fascinating character.

Birgit said...

This was such a good episode that I felt almost..almost bad that they could not leave for real but their way is the next bes thing. I'm certain when future issues arose on the holodeck, they must have realized where they were.

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