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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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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13 November 1993 (USA)  »

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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 »


Lt. Commander Data: Why is Spot under the bed?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Probably because she knows if I catch her, I'm gonna kill her.
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Edited from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Suddenly Human (1990) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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That Darned Warp Drive!
10 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This preachy episode involves efforts by a female alien to get starships to stop using a corridor in space. She claims the use of warp drive is damaging the fabric of space. To prove her point she destroys herself. The investigation into this is what this episode is about. The dramatic use of subterfuge to prove their point could made the brother and sister true terrorists. Of course, what they want is for the powers that be to listen to them before it is too late. This episode is really heavy handed. It would seem that their ultimate findings were quietly ignored. There are just too many unanswered questions in this presentation.

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