Star Trek: The Next Generation analysis of season 1 episode 11 (The Big Goodbye)
Oh boy, it's a holodeck episode and we are NOT happy about it! We're stuck with a Dixon Hill theme and 1940s San Francisco, questions about how tf the holodeck works and whether or not the crew is creating and destroying sentient life every time they use it, and poor Bev thinking she's finally getting her some alone time with the Captain only to have their private party crashed by aloof others time and again.
Though we do not like the setting, we begrudgingly admit that this episode was actually pretty damn good. The writing was tight, the dialogue was funny and snappy, the actors were all at their best and reacting off each other to perfection.
We get some great character development as well, even in smaller moments like Deanna coaching Picard on how to properly deliver the Jaraden greeting.
Fun was had by all, even by us!
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