I never understood why picard didn't just order a photon torpedo placed under the bridge to blow the entire thing up when everything else failed.
Is that a serious question? Blow a big hole in the Enterprise and kill a highly-valued crewman when the ship is in no immediate danger (and, in fact, was never in danger at all)? Any captain who would even consider that shouldn't be in command of anything but a garbage scow.
Even with the Bridge destroyed (not to mention a big giant hole turning the saucer into a donut) the computer was still locked out.
For some reason, the image of an Enterprise donut is making me laugh out-loud every time I read this. Think it would have mint frosting?