The Enterprise investigates the medical transport Fleming's, disappearance perhaps hijacked for its valuable gel cargo in the Hacares corridor, a region uniquely dense in tetreon 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 teacher, 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 Hacarian 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
Did You Know?
The first mention of bio-mimetic gel. An extremely valuable substance we learn in the next two Star Trek series. The USS Voyager's computers are regulated by bio-neural gel packs. Bio-mimetic gel was a term coined by the show's science consultant André Bormanis
. He based it on news that Cambridge researchers had developed material that could create small tubules that mimic certain cellular-level biological activities and structures. See more
Data's cat, Spot, is a male throughout the history of the show, but is female in episodes #7.9, "Force of Nature, and "#7.19, "Genesis". See more
[Spot has messed up Geordi's quarters and smashed a few items along the way
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Training - definitely!