>Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2001 00:59:33 -0500
>From: Jim Fehlinger <email@example.com>
>Subject: Great _Star Trek: The Next Generation_ simulation episode(s)
>I mustn't let the simulation discussion end without mentioning
>the _ST: TNG_ episode "Ship in a Bottle", written by Rene Eschevarria
>and starring Daniel Davis (who also portrays Niles the butler in
>the television show _The Nanny_) as Professor Moriarty.
I can think of two others but not their titles;
The first was in the final series of TNG if memory serves, where Riker
flicks back and forth between a high tech "prison" and a theatre piece he
is acting in on the Enterprise. Of course, the play he is in looks exactly
like the cell he's stuck in.
The other was in Deep Space 9, where Chief O'Brien finds himself in cramped
prison, where the only way to pass the time is to create intricate patterns
in the sand on the floor of his cell, tutored by his cellmate (whom he
eventually kills, believing he witheld food). After years of this, and the
accompanying guilt over the murder, he suddenly finds himself back in
reality, where he finds out that it was all in his mind, the method of
"punishment" used by a civilization whose rules he broke while
visiting. What seemed to him like years took only hours.
"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and
crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures
to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid."
-Q, Star Trek:TNG episode 'Q Who'
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