Episode of the Week: 11001001

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by Captrek, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. Captrek

    Captrek Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 24, 2009
    This week’s episode is 11001001. It’s the last decent episode for a while, so enjoy it.

    The Bynars are a pleasure to watch. All miniature and cute and friendly and synchronized, they’re like Oompah Loompahs without the creepiness. If you want to add the creepiness back in, here’s a chilling thought: something like this could be an early stage in the evolution of the Borg.

    Crusher is really annoying in this episode. Fortunately, her part is small.

    Why do the Bynars delete Minuet?

    We don’t know what happened off camera, but from what we know about the situation, it seems the four Bynars on the Enterprise should be let off with a slap on the wrist and no action taken against Bynaus. It makes me wonder, how does 24th century Federation justice give a slap on the wrist? It is said often said in the series that Federation justice is based on rehabilitation rather than punishment, but these particular criminals don’t need rehabilitation.
  2. MikeS

    MikeS Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 6, 2008
    Liverpool, UK
    My favourite of the season. Beautiful in HD. That shot of the Enterprise approaching Starbase is a stand-out of the entire seven season run for me.

    Nice observations about the Bynars - always wished we'd see them again. Perhaps they served some time on Memory Alpha to pay off their debt to the Federation?

    My only nitpicks - regarding the encryption key. The Bynars only wanted Riker, Picard being their was "a fortunate happenstance", how would Riker have entered the encryption key in tandem by himself? Also, why use an encryption key at all? They wanted their world to be saved, so why make it more difficult?!
  3. Mott the barber

    Mott the barber Commodore Commodore

    Jun 26, 2001
    Most unintentionally funny part of the episode:

    Quinteros: "There's nothing you can do."

    ...as bridge crew stands by helpless.

    There had to be SOMETHING else they could've tried. :D
  4. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 30, 2001
    I never thought about that before. :lol:

    Perhaps the second encryption key would've automatically sent if the Minuet program hadn't been interrupted? :shrug:
  5. Timo

    Timo Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Aug 26, 2003
    What do you mean, encryption? They didn't encrypt anything, they stored a file and gave it a filename!

    It wasn't a complicated filename, either. It was probably as obvious as they could make it. They just weren't capable of much thought at that point, couldn't emulate human thinking, and fucked it up royally.

    The need to have two people input it is probably another sign of their failing thought processes... They never did pretend they understood humans, hence their kidnap plan instead of mere plea for help. But they could have used Minuet or other expert program as their interface...

    Depends on what they hoped to achieve, I guess. At that point, they still thought the ship was going to blow up. Their concern was of getting Picard and Riker off the ship somehow before that happened; if they could not be found by remote means, sending a search party would be a foolhardy maneuver, probably only leading to further casualties.

    Stopping an escaping starship could have been achieved by various means. But the idea that the E-D was escaping should not have occurred to our heroes at that point yet.

    Timo Saloniemi
  6. Jeyl

    Jeyl Commodore Commodore

    Feb 19, 2009
    Asheville, NC
    Now this is a nice episode. Ron Jones' opening theme with the Enterprise approaching the starbase is one I often play in my car when I approach my destination, and the visuals just jump out in HD.

    Glad they fixed the approach lights on the recalled discs. At first I thought they removed it to make their footage look more unique compared to STIII, but than the lights are seen in the next shot.

    And while I do wish I could give Riker a bonk on the head for being a girl seeker when he still clearly has feelings for Troi, I'll give it a pass because he's just indulging himself and trying to have a good time. And for all my hate towards the holodeck, it's use here was well executed.

    And I will always love the Bynars line "You might have said no". Made total sense to me given Starfleet's reputation of willful genocide and the way they blindingly follow the Prime Directive. Score 1 for the aliens.
  7. Captrek

    Captrek Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 24, 2009
    I would have liked some explanation of what "binary way of thinking" means.
  8. RAMA

    RAMA Admiral Admiral

    Dec 13, 1999
    NJ, USA
    Beautifully produced episode from top to bottom, and spectacular in HD. I disagree that it's the last good episode for awhile, I think that most episodes after it were good.
  9. Forbin

    Forbin Admiral Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    I said out, dammit!
    Agree that they shot of the E approaching the station was awesome, and I was glad to be able to see it in hi def (I didn't buy the Blu-rays, but a friend loaned them to me). Also REALLY glad to see Carolyn McCormack in that red dress in hi def!! :drool:
  10. Danny99

    Danny99 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    A first season gem and one of series overall.

    There is some puzzling moments though like the aforementioned moment where Picard being there was "fortunate happenstance" when they needed two people to do the code together. Another is when Data and LaForge can't find Picard and Riker, the two senior officers and just assume they beamed off, when it's usually Star Trek convention for the Captain to go down with the ship or at least be the last one off.

    I also couldn't get fully behind Carolyn McCormick as Minuet because by the time I had seen this episode in syndication, I had to suffer through a couple Law and Order episodes with her as the painfully horrible Olivet.
  11. Captrek

    Captrek Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 24, 2009
    The fact that Minuet called Picard’s presence fortunate suggests the Bynars knew they needed him. I assume they had some kind of a plan for keeping Picard on the ship, and that plan became unnecessary as a result of this fortunate happenstance.
  12. inflatabledalek

    inflatabledalek Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jun 7, 2011
    Two weeks behind again, but it's been a really bad time for me...

    Quick summing up:

    A really nice little episode, not a huge amount of substance to it but well made and with a real charm to it that overcomes some of the odd bits (I've never really brought Riker falling that hard that quickly for a computer program. Though it's probably one of the few pre-DS9 episodes to acknowledge what most people would use the technology for. "Give me a hot woman who likes my trumpet").

    Great effects as well, as everyone said.