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Symbiosis 

While observing a solar flare, the Enterprise happens to pick up distress calls from a breaking-down freighter. Two of the six people aboard get killed as there's no time left to beam ... See full summary »

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While observing a solar flare, the Enterprise happens to pick up distress calls from a breaking-down freighter. Two of the six people aboard get killed as there's no time left to beam aboard properly because the cargo was sent first, yet the other two crew members seem to care only for the freight. Their passengers, from their neighbor planet, contest ownership because their agreed payment aboard the freighter was lost. It's their only produce, vital for the other planet since it was struck by a general plague. Yet Dr. Crusher soon realizes it's not really medicine as they have no plague symptoms, yet suffer immensely without it. Written by KGF Vissers

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Richard Lineback appeared on the three Star Trek spin-off series. He has played the roles of Romas in TNG: "Symbiosis", Selin Peers in DS9: "Dax" and Kessick in ENT: "The Xindi". Archive footage from his appearance in "Symbiosis" was later re-used for the second season TNG episode "Shades of Gray". See more »

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Worf says that the freighter has entered the "planet's" atmosphere. They are orbiting a star, not a planet. However, the distress signal was coming from the 4th planet of the star system, not the star itself. See more »

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Langor: The Ornarans provide us with the necessities of life, and we provide them with the necessities of living. It is a fair exchange.
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Featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Good episode but...
19 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

A good story about exploitation and utter dependency. I thought the whole "why do drugs" bit by the annoying Wesley Crusher was silly, but all in all a good episode from season one. What I don't get is this: The transporter works by turning every molecule of a thing into energy then back again...right? So it stands to reason that once something has been transported, there is now a record of what it's made of. So once the "medicine" was beamed on board (then again to the cargo hold) making more would be a simple matter. I don't care how "rare" the main ingredient is, when you have transporters and replicators...just make as much as you want and get on with it! That's my point.


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