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...
Did You Know?
Patrick Stewart directed several TNG episodes including "In Theory", "Hero Worship", "A Fistful of Datas", "Phantasms" and "Preemptive Strike". See more
In the opening pre-titles scene in the torpedo room, Data and the Lieutenant replace the access covers on the converted torpedo and there is an object resting on top of the casing. As they turn away and the camera view changes, the object has disappeared. See more
Lt. Jenna D'Sora
Why don't you go back to your painting? Oh, I really mean it this time!
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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