The Enterprise visits a team of scientists and engineers terraforming on Velara III. The team's leader, Kurt Mandl, isn't very welcoming stating that they are very busy but Picard insists with Riker, Data and Geordi beaming down to the planet. Velara III was selected because of its complete absence of any life forms and the terraforming initiative takes about 30 years. The team is now in the process of removing salts from the natural water supply as the first step in creating a sustainable environment. Geordi and Data come across a non-carbon based object that glows and give the appearance of life. When it attempts to communicate with the crew, it is obvious they have encountered a life form like no other. Written by
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The life form initially refers to humans as "bags of mostly water," which is accurate. See more
Everyone (including the ship's computer) acts like this is the first inorganic life form the Federation has encountered (inorganic life being defined as life based on an element other than carbon). However, Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark
, the obvious inspiration for this story, a silicon based life form (the Horta) was discovered living on the same planet as a Federation mining facility. See more
You see grand romantic concepts. I see unyielding rock under an ocean of sand.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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