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Force of Nature 

While searching for a missing Federation medical transport, the Enterprise is accosted by two scientists from a nearby planet who claim that cumulative exposure to warp energy is weakening the fabric of space.


Robert Lederman


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Naren Shankar | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Michael Corbett ... Dr. Rabal
Margaret Reed ... Dr. Serova
Lee Arenberg ... DaiMon Prak
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


The Enterprise investigates the medical transport Fleming's disappearance, perhaps hijacked for its valuable gel cargo in the Hekaras Corridor, a region uniquely dense in tetryon interference which complicates navigation. DaiMon Prak's large Ferengi ship, the prime suspect, is stranded. He denies having attacked first, but helps with the search in exchange for engineering repairs. Geordi tries to boost the sensors as a matter of rivalry with his former classmate, and gets Data to try to 'train' cat Spot, who is of course too smart to be manipulated. The Enterprise runs into an immobilizing field, then gets boarded by Hekaian sibling doctors Rabal and Serova, who claim warp fields have fatal effects for their planetary population. They admit to having immobilized ships by buoys to make the Federation sit up, a theory Data can't verify for sure. Serova hijacks the Fleming to prove her theory at the ultimate price. Written by KGF Vissers

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The costume worn by Michael Corbett (Dr. Rabal) was later sold off at an online auction. See more »


Data's cat, Spot, is a male in seasons 4-6, but is female in season 7. See more »


Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: [after Spot has made Data give her the ball of wool to play with] I don't know about Spot, but it seems to me *your* training is coming along just fine.
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Same acting school or what?
7 May 2010 | by winopaulSee all my reviews

Michael Corbett as the Dr. Rabal character sure seems to be a dead ringer for Christian Bale. Is it possible he has a twin brother? Either that or he assumes this persona for TV work. Watch it and see what I mean. OK, I just found the episode on a popular video sharing site. That's Christian Bale with some clay glommed on his forehead. I am certain. Check out the voice and the mannerisms. It could be right out of American Psycho. Has anybody seen both these actors in the same place? If somebody can show me that I will alter my opinion. I can't say this strongly enough. Really, if they were ever in the same movie I would not be able to tell them apart.

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