Monday, December 03, 2018

Star Trek TNG "11001001"

Airdate: 1st February, 1988.
Stardate: 41365.9
Writers: Maurice Hurley, Robert Lewin.
Director: Paul Lynch
Season 1 episode 14






In Star Trek TNG "11001001" the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D stops over at sleepy Starbase 74 for routine computer upgrades. Captain Picard meets two computer dependent aliens - Bynars. The species resemble the "big brained" Talosians from Star Trek TOS "The Cage" but are really women disguised in Michael Westmores asexual clothing and makeup. In any case these guys are entrusted with enhancing the software on the Federation's flagship.




We soon learn the alien computer geeks "10 and 01" have big computer problems on their own home-world. Solely reliant on computers for social and intellectual communication, they need the Enterprise computer-core to reboot Bynars mainframe - except for Wesley and Rikers initial observations, no-one had a clue. The fun begins when Riker is lured to the holodeck. Some say William T. Riker is Captain Kirk's TNG version, so its only right he'd fall for a sultry Goddess on the holodeck.



 The stunning brunette Minuet (Carolyn McCormick). She sparkled like the diamonds around her neck and dazzled Riker with her pearly whites. No-ordinary smile, a sophisticated programmed smile designed to sucker Riker in while the Enterprise was being hi-jacked! The plot thickens! Meanwhile a fake emergency (failure of the warpcore magnetic containment) has panicked and evacuated nearly all the crew, leaving Picard happily wandering onto the holodeck.



What planet was he on? Surely Rikers suspicions on the bridge was enough but once Minuet had him under her spell. Forget it. So Picard would rather destroy the Enterprise-D than let her fall into enemy hands. At least someones thinking straight. Further investigation reveals 4 tortured Bynars on the bridge. Theres a mind twister here, what would you do? Tick, tock.... 4mins 58sec encounting....



QUESTIONS
Would Data really forget to check if Picard and Riker had left the ship for Starbase 74?
Finally Riker comments to Picard, Minuet will be hard to forget, despite running the Holodeck Programme, she never said goodbye. Parting is such sweet cold sorrow is it not? Would you pine over Minuet, a computer hologram?



 Live Long and Prosper, trekkers!

12 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

LOL - look at the expression on Wesley's face! He was a dork back then. At least the actor aged well.

Spacer Guy said...

Minuet was one sweet looking dame, I guess Wesley was a dork but so was I at his age. Wil Wheaton is married now and has a grown up son.

James Pailly said...

I don't know if I'd pine over Minuet like Riker does, but there are a lot of things Riker does that I probably wouldn't do. I won't judge another man for his holodeck fantasies!

Elephant's Child said...

I hope it isn't sour grapes but Minuet looks like someone with an agenda of her own to me...

Pat Hatt said...

Minuet sure looks up to no good, or too much good.

Spacer Guy said...

HeHe... and the woman of Riker's dreams just happens to appear, James - smack in the middle of the holodeck 1950's jazz bar.

Minuet was a simulation designed by the alien technicians from Bynar. Your instincts are right EC. She was there to play cat and mouse.

Liz A. said...

They rely on computers for social interaction? Gee, that sounds awfully familiar...

Spacer Guy said...

Its too bad Riker couldn't find Minuet Pat, no matter how many times he searched the Holodeck there wasn't a trace of her left, no fond -au revoir mon amour.

There have been cases like the Borg. Still, the Bynars had freely evolved over time united as one with computers for their very survival. 10 and 01 functioned as a unified pair. I suppose the it was the same for their whole society, Liz.

David P. King said...

Even star ships need computer upgrades in the future. Hopefully they're not running on Windows. :)

Susan Kane said...

Such a rowdy-in-love w/a hologram> Have we heard that one before.

Wesley as a grown up was always hard to think about.

Spacer Guy said...

Good one Dave, Apple laptops still have the best track record in reliability. Older computer systems which we can take the USS Enterprise-D doesn't use break more often. Window machines suck, so the numbers speak for themselves with 71% Apple satisfied :) and 38% all other laptop owners happy.

She was Rikers and Picards conquest unique in mind, body and spirit designed to vanish. Wesley always been an easy target Susan, probably because he's the geek telling the Starfleet adults whats going on.

Tony Laplume said...

This was another exception to the general first season rule for Next Generation. What was a dame like her doing in a computer-generated gin joint like that? Funny he should ask!

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