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.
Did You Know?
This is the first time that we see a system interlock used with an alien transporter system showing that it is possible to interlock two different types of transporter beams. The only previous time that we see a Federation transporter working in conjunction with an alien beam is when the Enterprise accidentally intercepted an alien transporter beam and redirected it to their transporter pad in Star Trek: The Original Series: Assignment: Earth
(1968). Note: The Enterprise did try to intercept a Ferengi transporter beam and redirect it back to the Enterprise's transporter pad in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Bloodlines
(1994), but was unsuccessful. See more
When the Enterprise approaches the sun they intend to study, Picard announces they will be running with full deflectors up. Surely he meant shields as deflectors are used to clear matter whilst the ship is in motion? See more
Lieutenant Tasha Yar
[the crew are trying to rescue a freighter from burning up in a planet's atmosphere
Captain, the tractor beam is available... if you want it?
Commander William T. Riker
At least we could pull them out of orbit before they enter the atmosphere.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
[to the viewscreen
Freighter, we're going to lock on the tractor beam and pull you out of orbit.
Hey, that... that's great.
[Picard can't quite hide his bemusement with Captain T'Jon's cavalier attitude in this crisis situation
[...] See more
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more