Mr. Data again has been working on a very interesting new Holodeck program - the premise of which seems to involve taking noted historical figures(and some crew members - a control group, he says) and placing them in situations designed to challenge the basic beliefs and tenets normally attributed to these characters. He views it as a sociological experiment, the ultimate aim of which is to prove or disprove archetypal and philosophical notions.
I must say, some of it seems a little...questionable, to say the least. Take Groucho Marx, for instance - I'm not sure what he hopes to prove by having him infiltrate a Ku Klux Klan rally, wearing a ballet tutu and holding a wand with the Star of David on the end. And frankly, Albert Einstein suiting up for the 1984 L.A. Lakers seems somehow pointless - even if Magic Johnson(in this simulation, at least) actually disproved the Laws of Newtonian Motion while still in high school. I must admit, though - Einstein's cross-over and no-look pass on Larry Bird in the third quarter was a sight to see..and if Robert Oppenheimer hadn't come across to give weak-side help and spoil Spinoza's back-door cut, it could have been a three-point play...
The most egregious of his scenarios, however, has to his revisionist Sermon on The Mount, in which Bernie Madoff expounds at length on false profits, before introducing Charles Ponzi as John The Baptist's stand-in. The bloody ending to the program is not helped by Charles Bronson's determination to "get these punks off the mount", and to top it all off with Madonna giving Adolf Hitler a lap-dance was, quite frankly, beyond the pale. Still, he did clear almost four hundred credits on the first performance - so he must be doing something right....
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