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Force of Nature 

While searching for a missing Federation medical transport, the Enterprise is accosted by two scientists from a nearby planet who claim that cumulative exposure to warp energy is weakening the fabric of space.


Robert Lederman


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Naren Shankar | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Michael Corbett ... Dr. Rabal
Margaret Reed ... Dr. Serova
Lee Arenberg ... DaiMon Prak
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


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. Written by KGF Vissers

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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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An inconvenient truth
15 September 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

I've remembered this episode over the years (it's been a good twenty or so) for the eco-minded bombshell it unloads fairly early on. Turns out warp travel is ripping holes in the fabric of space, and Starfleet needs to take its foot off the gas. And that adds dramatic heft so instances where time is of the essence. Remember when Picard ignored his superiors in "First Contact" and ordered maximum warp to the Borg skirmish? He wasn't playing around.

But now, the episode comes off preachy. It's all about the message and belaboring the point. And I still think it's an interesting point to be made, but maybe not with a sledehammer.


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