At the Federation's first encounter with the hostile, thievish Ferengi race, both the Enterprise and their 'daimon' (captain) Tarr's spaceship are immobilized by a force field from a dead-presumed planet. It turns out to be the 'portal', a gatekeeper, last survivor of a superior civilization wiped out by their star's supernova. He captures both races' scouting teams and test if they deserve to be spared or put down as hopeless barbarians. The Ferengi try blaming the humans, Riker brutal, yet noble honesty. Written by
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One of only two Star Trek productions where the Ferengi use energy whips. The other is Star Trek: Enterprise: Acquisition
(2002). Thus, the energy whips only appear in the very first and (as of 2014) very last Ferengi episodes ever made. See more
Geordi begins giving orders in engineering as if he were the chief engineer. He has not yet been promoted into this position. It is possible that the ship doesn't currently have a qualified chief engineer and Geordi's attitude seems to indicate he was already training for this upcoming promotion. See more
Immobilized by the damn Ferengi!
Gymnopédie No. 1
Written by Erik Satie
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