OAD 4/11/1988 I remember this being the first episode I watched as a kid where I thought "Yeah, this is going to be a great show!" I'm sure it had something to do with the amount of phaser fire. Now that I've watched it, I still really enjoy it. Another great ensemble episode. The planet set left a little to be desired, but they used what they had available. The overall storyline was good, and Vincent Schiavelli (RIP) was great as the holographic salesman. The episode did have it's weak points--there really wasn't a good reason for the Captain and the doctor to beam down, especially when the captain knew that it was a hostile environment. Obviously it gave us some good Picard/Crusher time and it gave Geordi the opportunity to command (a part of the plot I really enjoyed). We also have been introduced to yet another chief engineer. The good definitely outweighed the bad, though, from Riker's "good ship Lollipop" to the Picard/Crusher moments to Geordi doing a great job as the commander of the ship. I also liked that Picard didn't take command back at the end of the episode, instead insisting on taking back command of a full ship.