OAD 2/1/1988 Of the three episodes for this week, I remembered this one most fondly, and I watched it a couple of days ago. I thought it held up very well. There are some massive plot holes, or even just logic holes. The most glaring to me probably wasn't as much of a plot hole back in the 1980's--I can't imagine a planet dependent entirely upon their central computer system not having a disaster recovery plan. Outside of that, the issues were smaller--the requirements for the self destruct sequence, the 3 minute trip to the Bynar's home planet, the way that they somehow backed up the entire central computer to the Enterprise computer remotely, the "file name" bit, etc. It might be a sad thing, but I can see Riker falling for a holodeck construct. I don't know if I buy into Picard being so willing to let Riker both try to continue the fantasy at the end of the episode, or let Riker essentially cry on his shoulder when Minuet didn't come back. Looking past those things, I really thought the episode was great. It had just the right amount of tension and humor, and the actors all really shined. I think my favorite performance of the episode was Data--he did the usual Pinocchio bit, but as soon as duty called, he really stepped it up and took charge. I think this is the first time we have seen "Officer" Data in action.