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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.


Paul Lynch


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Maurice Hurley | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lt. Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Carolyn McCormick ... Minuet
Gene Dynarski ... Cmdr. Orfil Quinteros
Katy Boyer ... Zero One
Alexandra Johnson Alexandra Johnson ... One Zero
Iva Lane Iva Lane ... Zero Zero
Kelli Ann McNally 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, Commander 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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Jean-Luc Picard describes the holodeck with references to previous episodes, telling Minuet that it "has given us woodlands (Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint (1987)) and ski slopes (Star Trek: The Next Generation: Angel One (1988)), figures that fight (Star Trek: The Next Generation: Code of Honor (1987)), and fictional characters with whom we can interact (Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Big Goodbye (1988))." See more »


Despite the dire emergency, no one seems to think to use the starbase's transporters, or any of the shuttlecraft to escape from the Enterprise, or to chase it, or to beam onto it as it leaves. And while it's conceivable that a Starfleet starbase only owns 3 non-functional ships, there would have to be several functional ships (if privately-owned) at the base to carry supplies & products to & from the base. Any of them might have been used to chase the Enterprise. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: What's a knockout like you doing in a computer-generated gin joint like this?
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Future Imperfect (1990) See more »


Out of Nowhere
Written by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman (uncredited)
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The first great episode of TNG.
28 November 2019 | by mymangodfreySee all my reviews

Star Trek: TNG is one of my favorite shows of all time, and the first season is underrated-"mediocre" only because the show, after a strong start, continued to improve.

If I had to pick one or two episodes from the first season to put on a shortlist for newcomers, I'd start with 11001001. Key concepts in the series-e.g., the holodeck-are used and explored in a clever way, and the strange new characters we meet are, by turns, unsettling, funny, and sympathetic. The ethos of the series-the idea that we should tolerate and understand those who are different from us, empathizing, forgiving, and aiding when appropriate, comes across well here. There's suspense and danger here, but no villainy.

The other reason I'd recommend this episode as a starting point is that the visual (and audio) effects and makeup are particularly strong here; it's almost as immersive as the first few theatrical movies.

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