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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.
*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.