**** (4 stars out of 5)
1893 San Fransico is right where we left it last season-slash-yesterday, but with Mark Twain now playing the intrusive Mr. Furley for a 'Three's Company' of stranded Future Men.
Having duped apple-cheeked landlady Carmichael into letting them loaf around her boarding house rent-free, our penniless heroes posing as actors manage to snatch the magic snake from the Brain Cavity Creeps. Yes, that's a sentence.
Data's head pops off in combat according to plan, just like so many dandelions in so many playgrounds.
Sam Clemens tags along to the 24th Century and gapes in awe and wonder at their magnificent star vessel, their blue servants, and Counselor Troi's instant tan.
"Young lady, I come from a time when men achieve power and wealth by standing on the backs of the poor, where prejudice and intolerance are commonplace and power is an end unto itself, and you're telling me that isn't how it is anymore?"
"That's right." Troi chirps.
Geordi hot-glues Data's dead head onto his dead body and hey-presto, Data is just as alive as ever he was! But harbouring a 500 year old decoder ring message tapped into his brain with an iron filing by stranded Captain Picard. (The same Captain Picard who last episode didn't know Data's Type R Phase Discriminating Amplifier from a Type L now can tap more than a hundred binary characters into the right location of Data's noodle from memory. So... FOR THE WIN!)
All Devidians Destroyed Probably! (And these people didn't even want to attempt genocide on the Borg.) That'll teach those horrendous soul-sucking things to be so endangered... and huddled together in one cave!
Historically gut-shot Guinan is left in the tender care of 19th Century Earth medicine. Still, I assume she has a strong constitution, living unchanged for centuries and all. (cough Time Lord cough.)