Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 15


Aired Unknown Feb 01, 1988 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • In this episode, Picard and Riker activated and deactivated the self-destruct sequence by only using voice commands and their fingerprints. Why would they not have to use a secret access code like in other episodes?

    • When Wesley is beaming off the ship, only 5 of the transporter pads are occupied. In an emergency evacuation wouldn't it make more sense to use all 6 pads?

    • Picard communicated with the starbase by tapping his combadge. Since when can Starfleet officers communicate with starbases lightyears away simply by tapping their combadges? Don't they have a range of only a few hundred kilometers? And typically off-ship calls are routed through the communications on the board.

    • No explanation was given as to why the computer couldn't locate Picard and Riker when Data asked it to do so.

    • Data and Geordi arrive in Engineering before the evacuation and everyone is gone. Then Data orders an evacuation and they cut to a shot of a woman at a workstation and you can see the Engineering warp core in the reflection.

    • When the computer responds to Riker's question on power reductions, you can hear it take two deep breaths. Since when do computers breathe?

    • Minuet refers to French as a "foreign" language. She seems to be French, and she's talking to Picard who is French, so why is French "foreign" to either of them?

    • When Picard and Riker deactivate the self destruct the computer console shuts down, but in the next shot you can see it active again.

    • If Picard's holodeck visit was pure coincidental, how could Riker have read the files by himself at the end?

  • Quotes

    • (in the Holodeck)
      Bassist: Hey, man, the chick digs you.
      Riker: What makes you say that?
      Bassist: Look at her.
      Riker: Maybe it's my music.
      Pianist: Yeah, well, about that. Don't give up your day job.

    • Riker: What's a knockout like you doing in a computer-generated gin joint like this?
      Minuet: Waiting for you.

  • Notes

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series.

    • Music: "The Nearness of You", words & music by Ned Washington & Hoagy Carmichael. Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. Riker) really plays the trombone.

    • The binary 11001001 is 201 in decimal, which coincidentally is the month and day the episode first aired.

    • This is the only Star Trek: The Next Generation episode to have a title with only numbers. Another example is Star Trek: Voyager's "11:59."

    • In the original series, Gene Dynarski appeared as Ben Childress in "Mudd's Women," and as Krodak in "The Mark of Gideon."

    • Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi) does not appear in this episode.

  • Allusions