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Stardate 41365.9: A strange species which relies on direct computer interfaces to communicate with each other, known as the Bynars, are set to upgrade the Enterprise’s computer. However, instead they cause the crew to abandon ship by faking a pending loss of warp core containment. They have also set up a diversion in the holodeck to keep Riker onboard and unaware of the situation. Picard, who had stopped by the holodeck, is also left onboard, unaware. The space station holding the Enterprise for the upgrade sends the Enterprise on an automatic course away from the station, to prevent its destruction.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x15
Production Number: 116
Airdate: Monday February 01st, 1988

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Feb 01, 1988
UK (BBC TWO) Jan 09, 1991
FR (BBC TWO) Jan 09, 1991

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Carolyn McCormick
As Minuet
Gene Dynarski
As Cmdr. Orfil Quinteros
Katy Boyer
As Zero One

Co-Guest Stars
Iva Lane
As Zero Zero
Jack Sheldon
As Piano Player
Ron Brown (1)
As Drummer
Main Cast
Patrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
Michael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden
As Dr. Beverly Crusher
Brent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Denise Crosby
As Lt. Tasha Yar
Wil Wheaton
As Acting Ensign/Ensign Wesley Crusher
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain's Log, Stardate 41365.9. The Enterprise has been ordered to Starbase 74 in orbit around Tarsas III. A routine maintenance check of all systems will be made and certain upgrades completed including the holodeck, with which we've had problems. I anticipate a glowing report. This ship has performed magnificently beyond anyone's expectations.
*Captain's Log, supplemental. We now know who has commandeered the Enterprise - the Bynars. We can't communicate with the bridge. Commander Riker and I will now try to regain control of our ship.

Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) and Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) do not appear in this episode.

Warning: Star Trek: The Next Generation season 1 episode 15 guide may contain spoilers
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