Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 14

11001001 (30 Jan. 1988)

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The Enterprise docks at a starbase for repairs where it is commandeered by a race of technologically-linked aliens intent on using the vessel for their own purposes.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
Gene Dynarski ...
Cmdr. Orfil Quinteros
Zero One
Alexandra Johnson ...
One Zero
Iva Lane ...
Zero Zero
Kelli Ann McNally ...
One One


The Enterprise docks at Starbase 74 for 48 hours for what is supposed to be a computer upgrade. The upgrade is in the hands of the Binars, an advanced race whose minds work in binary code. For Picard and the crew it's an opportunity to relax and have a bit of R and R. Commander Riker is never quite sure what to do with himself on these layovers so he decides to spend some time on the holodeck in a New Orleans jazz bar. There he meets the beautiful Minuet and if it's possible to fall in love with a computer image, he practically does so. Picard soon joins them but the holodeck party is oblivious to what is happening on the ship. When the warp containment field begins to fail, Commader Data orders the evacuation of the ship and sends it off into the far reaches of space not realizing Riker and the Captain are still aboard. Written by garykmcd

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Did You Know?


Jonathan Frakes is actually able to play the trombone and has done so since the age of nine. See more »


Band play not matching music: While Riker is in the holodeck dancing with Minuet, you can clearly see the band is not playing the music as their timing is off. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: [after seeing the holo-character Minuet for the first time] Gentlemen - if this is what you call 'enhancement', you've got a gift for understatement.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Future Imperfect (1990) See more »


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Wow...a GOOD holodeck episode!
10 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise has arrived at a starbase for some R&R as well as to have upgrades made to the systems. However, instead of human techs, the freaky little Binar race scurries about the ship--chirping their strange language and acting a bit cagey as the work. Still, no one seems to really notice and most everyone has left the ship. As for Riker, he decides to stay on the new and enhanced holodeck where he meets a super-hot babe (Carolyn McCormick--who later played the psychologist on "Law & Order"). When Jean-Luc arrives at the simulation, this perfect woman seems to do her darnedest to keep the men there and entertains them wonderfully. Why? Because the freaky Binars are going to steal the ship---and they don't want to have anyone around who can stop them. Will the two command officers stop lusting after this holowoman long enough to realize what's happened to their beloved Enterprise?

Despite this being a holodreck episode (yes, I know how to spell holodeck), this is a very good one. Well written and intelligent-- something you can RARELY say about any holo episode!! But it unfortunately would lead to MORE holodeck episodes---too many.

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