Recap / Star Trek: The Next Generation S1E14 "11001001"
The Bynars (pictured) 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.
  • Absentee Actor: Troi is absent.
  • 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.
    • The whistling sound effect from TOS is heard in this episode.
    • Minuet is conscious of being a holodeck character. Little wonder after this incident that they wouldn't be so enthused about giving them consciousness. In season 2, Moriarty would drive that home even further.
    • Also, Minuet freezes when Picard calls for the exit, rather than "Computer, freeze program."
  • 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.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: This episode introduces the idea of self-aware holographic programs with Minuet, which would be explored more with Professor Moriarty in season 2's "Elementary Dear Data", and pave the way for characters like the Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager and Vic Fontaine on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • It's All My Fault: Actual Puppy Dog Lieutenant Data blames himself for the whole mess, feeling that because he doesn't require rest or recreation that he was neglecting his duties. The others are quick to reassure him.
  • Lady in Red: Minuet.
  • Magic Countdown: Occurs during the autodestruct sequence.
  • 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".
  • This Is Not a Drill: The Abandon Ship order.
  • 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).