When the Enterprise enters the unchartered Mare Obscura ('dark sea') dark matter nebula, Data is in charge of scientific observations, together with young Dr. Lieutenant Jenna D'Sora, who shows a romantic interest in him. The human crew is clearly unable and/or reluctant to give Data reliable advice, and Troi warns him against trusting in literature on the subject, but since Riker says nothing beats true love Data decides to try 'running' a romantic program with her, yet method is madness in a human lover's eyes... Arrived at an M class planet's coordinates, the Enterprise finds it gone, inexplicably, while Worf fears disappearances and unexplained entries aboard constitute a major security risk. Indeed next strikes make victims among machines and crew, but according to Data all can result from proximity of so much dark matter causing gaps of space, which the ship phases' in and out of. The plan is to send an observational shuttle ahead, Picard decides to pilot it himself... Written by
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After the observation room's brief exposure to space, Data makes note of changes in the transparent aluminum alloy of the windows, a reference to the same alloy that Montgomery Scott introduced as a bargaining chip in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
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Referring to the mess in Jenna's quarters, Data describes her to apparently "have an *adversion* to orderliness". He obviously meant to say "aversion". See more
Lt. Jenna D'Sora
[reminiscing about the past
Those times were really special... I wish we were back there now, you and I.
Lt. Cmdr. Data
The unidirectional nature of the time continuum makes that an unlikely possibility.
Lt. Jenna D'Sora
[nonplussed, then laughs
That's what I love about you, Data. You make me laugh.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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