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Van _Patten
Thu, Nov 8, 2012, 9:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: 11001001

With the second half of season one bringing the whole series back down, a Holodeck themed episode with Wesley overseeing Aliens who look like castoffs from 'Alien Nation' had me fearing the worst - however, am delighted to say 11001001 proved me wrong.

The Enterprise undergoes a refit, involving Computer dependent Aliens, the Bynars who come on board to upgrade her systems. Little does the crew realise, the Bynars have an ulterior motive.

This is by some margin the best episode of TNG thus far. The Bynars are great, a genuinely intriguing concept, and it makes me wonder why they were never utilised again? Jonathan Frakes gives his best performance yet, and there is definite chemistry between him and Minuet (Carolyn McCormick) Patrick Stewart is again excellent, and I must mention Wil Wheaton who as ├╝ber geek Wesley actually comes over quite well here, especially when Data gies the order to activate the Enterprise's self-destruct. The ending, whereby the Bynars motives are self- interested but genuinely explicable:

'You might have said no'

Strikes me as an excellent piece of characterisation. Director Paul Lynch is noticeably better than most other First season Directors, and this is certainly the first episode I'd rate as a 'must see' - Given the limitations of Jammer's scale, I'd have to put this at 3.5, as opposed to 4, but it's the first episode I can unambiguously say you have to watch if coming tote series fresh. A great effort -rather a shame the momentum stalled in the next two episodes....
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