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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Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
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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30 January 1988 (USA)  »

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This is the first time that Wesley Crusher has the bridge. 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: What's your name? Tell me you love jazz.
Minuet: My name is Minuet, and I love all jazz, except Dixieland.
Commander William T. Riker: Why not Dixieland?
Minuet: You can't dance to it.
Commander William T. Riker: My girl!
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Edited from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The binaries
22 August 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise puts in for repair and a race of aliens called Binaries are enlisted to help in the repair. They are a highly unusual species who always travel in 2s like Mormon Elders and co-dependent totally on the other. Their written and spoken language is in binary code like a computer.

These binaries have an agenda all their own. They steal the Enterprise to take to their home planet for reasons you have to see the show to know. The whole crew is on shore leave and later additional personnel abandon ship when it looks like a warp core breach.

All that's left on the Enterprise are Picard and Riker. For Riker the binaries have rigged the holodeck with a most fetching and sultry personality. Carolyn McCormick later the proper and professional psychiatric consultant on Law And Order Dr. Elizabeth Olivet is the alluring Minuet in Riker's program. She really distracts Jonathan Frakes until it's too late almost.

A highly entertaining story that's grounded in a certain reality. The Binaries are a lot like the Logopolitans from the Tom Baker original Dr. Who.

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