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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47-reference: When Picard - in the shuttle ahead of the Enterprise - asks about the estimated distance to the nebula's perimeter, Data indicates it as being 4.7 million kilometers. See more
When Jenna asks Data about his reaction to her mess, he replies "I believe I observed that..." Data is capable of memorizing every detail and every spoken word, so he should know exactly what his response had been. The term "I believe" in this context is therefore rather atypical for Data. See more
Lt. Jenna D'Sora
As close as we are, I... I don't really matter to you. Not really. Nothing I can say or do will ever make you happy or, or sad... or touch you in any way.
Lt. Cmdr. Data
That is a valid projection. It is apparent that my reach has exceeded my grasp in this particular area. I am, perhaps, not nearly so human as I aspire to become.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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