Bynars upgrade the Enterprise's computers in spacedock. Riker and Picard become distracted by a surprisingly realistic holodeck character.
Tropes featured in this episode:
- Abandon Ship: The Bynars make it look like the Enterprise's warp core is going to fail, leading the crew to evacuate the ship and pilot it out of spacedock to minimize possible casualties.
- As You Know: Picard reminds Riker that arming the auto-destruct is the one decision that requires them to be in total agreement.
- Did Not Think This Through:
- As pointed out at the end of the episode, the Bynar could have just asked for Starfleet's help! Somewhat justified, as their binary thinking meant they only saw two options and they simply couldn't take "No" for an answer.
- Two humans are needed to operate the system to reboot the Bynar planet, yet they only kidnap one, Riker, and Picard only ends up on board by accident.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Minuet is made to distract Riker, and later Picard, from realizing the Bynars' plans.
- The Dividual: Bynars are like this by nature.
- Dull Surprise: The look on the crew's faces when the Enterprise finally returns to spacedock.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The Enterprise computer has both a male and female voice.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Bynars do this all the time.
- Forgot About His Powers: As the Enterprise is exiting spacedock, Worf and Yar ask where the transporter room is, causing the starbase commander to state that there's no time as the ship is almost clear of the station. Apparently their transporters can't do site-to-site transport the way a starship's can. Also, this is a massive starbase designed for servicing starships, and is several miles tall, but apparently it does not have tractor beams.
- The Password is Always "Swordfish": The code to begin transferring data from the Enterprise computers to the Bynar master computer (and unlock normal functions) is a short sequence in binary that Picard and Riker figure out quite quickly. Data says it's likely to be a name or other significant phrase. In this case, the Bynars probably meant for it to be easily guessed.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: Picard and Riker arm the auto-destruct system to prevent the ship from falling into hostile hands. They then deactivate it once they regain control of the ship.
- Stock Footage: The spacedock footage from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is used greatly here.
- Take a Third Option: Ironically, this is what the Bynars did. They knew if they asked the Federation for help, the only possible answers were "Yes" or "No".
- Title Drop: "11001001" is the password used to reboot the Bynars' homeworld and named for each of the Bynars on the Enterprise (One-One, Zero-Zero, One-Zero, and Zero-One).