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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Episode cast overview:
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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We learn the standard crew complement for a Ferengi vessel is 450. See more »


Several wall displays in the episode read RS Corridor. The production staff admitted this was a mistake. The name of the Hekaras Corridor was misspelled on the graphic and then all but the last two incorrect letters were accidentally deleted. See more »


[La Forge is in competition of prestige with Cmdr. Kaplan, chief engineer of the Intrepid]
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: [handing Data a data PADD] I just received this from Commander Kaplan, subspace.
Lt. Commander Data: [reads] "La Forge. I got the Intrepid's power conversion levels up to 97.1%. Maybe you should try cleaning your plasma grid once in a while".
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Can you believe the nerve of that guy?
Lt. Commander Data: [bewildered] We perform maintenance on the plasma grid at regular intervals.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I know. He's just trying to get me angry.
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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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Same acting school or what?
7 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Michael Corbett as the Dr. Rabal character sure seems to be a dead ringer for Christian Bale. Is it possible he has a twin brother? Either that or he assumes this persona for TV work. Watch it and see what I mean. OK, I just found the episode on a popular video sharing site. That's Christian Bale with some clay glommed on his forehead. I am certain. Check out the voice and the mannerisms. It could be right out of American Psycho. Has anybody seen both these actors in the same place? If somebody can show me that I will alter my opinion. I can't say this strongly enough. Really, if they were ever in the same movie I would not be able to tell them apart.

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