The Enterprise investigates the medical transport Fleming's disappearance, perhaps hijacked for its valuable gel cargo in the Hekaras Corridor, a region uniquely dense in tetryon interference which complicates navigation. DaiMon Prak's large Ferengi ship, the prime suspect, is stranded. He denies having attacked first, but helps with the search in exchange for engineering repairs. Geordi tries to boost the sensors as a matter of rivalry with his former classmate, and gets Data to try to 'train' cat Spot, who is of course too smart to be manipulated. The Enterprise runs into an immobilizing field, then gets boarded by Hekaian sibling doctors Rabal and Serova, who claim warp fields have fatal effects for their planetary population. They admit to having immobilized ships by buoys to make the Federation sit up, a theory Data can't verify for sure. Serova hijacks the Fleming to prove her theory at the ultimate price.
Did You Know?
In this episode a Federation wide speed limit is put in place because of the harmful effects traveling at high warp has on subspace. While it is never mentioned in any of the TV series or movies it was mentioned in a book that the new class 9 warp drive being tested in the new Intrepid-class star-ships, such as the U.S.S. Voyager, had been designed to not have those harmful effects on subspace. So after the new class 9 warp drive tests were successful all Starfleet vessels had their warp cores replaced with new ones with similar modifications to the class 9 warp drive, which is why the Federation wide speed limit is never brought up again. See more
When the Enterprise first surfs the distortion wave, the effect is clearly CGI. See more
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
[after Spot has made Data give her the ball of wool to play with
I don't know about Spot, but it seems to me *your* training is coming along just fine.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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