That's not to say there aren't good holodeck episodes, but for every "Our Man Bashir" there's a "Fistful of Datas" just around the corner. As the series continued, the writers were forced to make holodeck episodes with crazier concepts to keep them fresh. Star Trek: Enterprise promised to do away with them... until a series finale that managed to kill Star Trek on television for more than a decade. If audiences never see another holodeck episode, it'll be too soon. Vote up the holodeck horror stories that most derailed the show.
Lwaxana Troi Has a Mud Bath with Worf's Underage Son
Episode: "The Cost Of Living"
What Happened: When Lwaxana Troi decides to hold her wedding aboard the Enterprise, everyone is shocked to hear her husband-to-be was matched to her via a computer program. She then discovers he's not everything she hoped for, so she takes Worf's son to the holodeck, where they take a mud bath. Together, Alexander and Lwaxana encourage each other to follow their hearts.
Original Airing: April 20, 1991
Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5
Episode Number: 20
Director: Winrich Kolbe
Episode: "These Are The Voyages"
What Happened: The final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise is framed by the events of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Pegasus." Riker is having a crisis of conscience that leads him to hang out with the NX-01 crew during their last mission before the birth of the Federation. Riker uses the holodeck to impersonate many people in the NX-01's crew... most notably the elusive ship's chef.
Original Airing: May 13 2005
Season: Star Trek: Enterprise Season 4
Episode Number: 22
Director: Allan Kroekersee more on These Are the Voyages...
What Happened: While this isn't a dedicated holodeck episode, the device is a big cause of everyone's problems. When Tucker hangs out on an alien spacecraft to assist in repairs, he spends time with their engineer on a holodeck and then plays a game that involves reading each other's minds. Turns out that game was actually a one night stand, which gets him pregnant. They end up transferring the embryo to another host... and Tucker travels the universe as an absentee dad.
Original Airing: Oct 17 2001
Season: Star Trek: Enterprise Season 1
Episode Number: 5
Director: Mike Vejarsee more on Unexpected
Episode: "A Fistful Of Datas"
What Happened: While Worf, his son Alexander, and Troi are in a holodeck simulation of Deadwood, Data is plugged into the Enterprise. Thanks to an electrical surge, Data and the holodeck essentially pull a personality swap, causing every character in the program to look like Data. Hilarity and gun battles ensue.
Original Airing: Nov 09 1992
Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6
Episode Number: 8
Director: Patrick Stewartsee more on A Fistful of Datas