While investigating and scanning an uncharted planet, the Enterprise and its quadrant of space are subjected to a violent force that seems to cause a 'blinking out' of everything near them. When the scanners resume, where once there was no life on the planet, now there is one life sign. Kirk, Spock and a security force beam down to investigate and find a man named Lazarus who collapses and is brought aboard the Enterprise for treatment. To complicate things further, the initial phenomenon almost totally drained their dilithium crystals. Starfleet and Kirk suspect this phenomenon could be a prelude to invasion. While interrogating Lazarus he tells Kirk that he's locked in a struggle with another being who is 'anti life' and is behind the phenomenon. The disruptions continue to occur and the ship's situation grows worse.
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The Enterprise crew, and Starfleet, refer to a portion of the galaxy as 'quadrant', and later, as 'Section'.
It is likely they meant 'sector', which is a lot smaller than a quadrant (one fourth of the galaxy). See more
Is that an order, Lieutenant?
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Referenced in Galaxy Quest
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