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
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This episode went through a very troubled production history because the staff couldn't figure out what to do with it. They commented: "When the script was written, it was too short. So then we started adding scenes about Data's cat. By luck (or by bad luck), all of those scenes came at the beginning of the show. So you had an episode that started fitfully, with an unrelated cat subplot. Then it took a turn and seemed to be about Geordi's rivalry with the other guy. Then back to the cat and finally in the third act, the real story began. By that point, people were hopelessly lost. It never got back on track, even if its intentions were good." Michael Piller
: "I think this is the worst show I worked on this season. It inspired us to have several meetings over where the season was going. I felt we were letting it slip away." Brannon Braga
: "There were preposterous moments. And we knew the risks, which is why we thought it important to do an environmental show. We struggled with making it a personal story and in the end it just didn't work as well as we wanted to. We couldn't find a personal angle. And when you limit warp drive, the rug is pulled out from under Star Trek. I wish more time had been spent with that, and less time with Spot the cat." 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!
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