Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 9

Force of Nature (13 Nov. 1993)

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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.



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Dr. Rabal
Dr. Serova


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 KGF Vissers

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Continues the tradition of using 24th century matters to comment on social and political conditions in real life. Warp drives harming the fabric of space refers to fossil fuel emissions from aircraft, cars, and trucks contributing to anthropogenic climate change. See more »


Data's cat, Spot, is a male in seasons 4-6, but is female in season 7. See more »


[DaiMon Prak has accused Picard of disabling his vessel]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: DaiMon, clearly there has been some misunderstanding. I think it would be in all our interests if you were to come aboard and we discussed this situation.
DaiMon Prak: I see no reason to trust you, Human.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: In that case, we'll be on our way. I'll relay your position to your government if you wish - in case you're unable to complete your repairs and you remain stranded.
[he turns away]
DaiMon Prak: Perhaps, er... it would be better to discuss the situation.
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Edited from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Suddenly Human (1990) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Preachy and not all that interesting as well.
2 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is obviously inspired by various social concerns during the last several decades. The plot is clearly a variation on a plot about pollution, global cooling and global cooling. Whether you believe or disbelieve the climate change theories, the episode just comes off as preachy and could have used a great infusion of energy and humor. It's just terribly preachy.

When the Enterprise goes through a portion of space, it finds that it and other ships that recently went through this area were disabled--and soon it becomes certain why. A local race believes that the use of warp engines is damaging space--and they intend to put a stop to it any way they can. Well, the Captain is able to get one of these scientists to agree that the Federation should send scientists to investigate whereas his sister is insistent that the time to make huge changes is now and no one should investigate because she proved warp engines the bad. See the parallels to today?

The show also has an underdeveloped plot involving Spot the cat. It really seemed tacked on--like a time filler. And, oddly, it was dropped from the show and never really addressed after about a third of the way into the show. The bottom line is that the script seemed a bit of a mess and lacked one important element--FUN.

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