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Star trek: The next generation 1.08a - 11001001

Stardate 41365.9
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Episode propaganda

The Enterprise docks at Starbase 74 for shore leave and a computer refit by the Bynars, humanoids co-dependent with computers. Meanwhile, Riker (Jonathan Frakes) programs the newly enhanced holodeck for a jazz bar in 1958 New Orleans where he quickly starts romancing Minuet (Carolyn McCormick), a woman in the bar. When Picard (Patrick Stewart) arrives, Minuet greets him in perfect French.

Suddenly, Wesley (Wil Wheaton) alerts Data (Brent Spiner) that anti-matter containment is about to collapse. Data immediately orders an evacuation and everyone leaves except for Picard and Riker, who somehow don't hear the alert. But as soon as the crew reaches safety the Enterprise warps away...

Persons of interest

  • Patrick Stewart .... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes .... Commander Will Riker
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Brent Spiner .... Lieutenant Commander Data
  • Gates McFadden .... Commander Doctor Beverly Crusher
  • Marina Sirtis .... Lieutenant Commander Counsellor Deanna Troi
  • LeVar Burton .... Commander Geordi La Forge
  • Wil Wheaton .... Wesley Crusher
  • Denise Crosby .... Lieutenant Natasha "Tasha" Yar
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Enterprise-D computer voice
  • Carolyn McCormick .... Minuet
  • Gene Dynarski .... Commander Quinteros
  • Katy Boyer .... 01
  • Alexandra Johnson .... 10
  • Iva Lane .... 00
  • Kelli Ann McNally .... 11
  • Jack Sheldon .... Pianist
  • Abdul Salaam el Razzac .... Bass player
  • Ron Brown .... Drummer
  • Maurice Hurley .... Screenwriter
  • Robert Lewin .... Screenwriter
  • Paul Lynch .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Bynars? That's not subtle for a species that thinks in binary, now is it?

Meanwhile, 11001001 is full of new and interesting things. Riker plays jazz 'bone and gets turned on by a hologram. Picard shows that he is a man of action as well as a man of peace, as long as the situation is right. The Enterprise flies into a spacedock (ok, it's the same spacedock as was seen in the movies, but it's still a great shot). The crew do an all-hands-abandon-ship! What more could you ask for?

How about this: a story arc that crosses episodes! Yes, in the previous episode (Angel One) Picard mentioned that they were overdue for a computer refit but that the search for survivors from the Odin took precedence. In this episode, the delay causes the Bynars to panic and hijack the Enterprise! Woo hoo! This kind of continuity makes watching The next generation more challenging, more stimulating. It assumes a greater intelligence on the part of the audience, something which is sadly lacking from most TV shows. Mmm... brain food...

Security censorship classification

PG (Adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Out now

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