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.
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This takes place in 2364. See more
The Enterprise was originally sent to this system to study its sun. After the rescue mission they should have gone back to complete their mission yet Picard just decided to leave without considering their next mission. The ship does not belong to its captain and the captain would not be allowed to fly around at random. He would have a list of missions to complete which would have been set up, perhaps years in advance, by Federation Command. See more
Lt. Commander Data
[to the Brekkians
Fascinating. Your society dedicated exclusively to the production of a single product.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
A product for which you have no use but which the Ornarans can not live without.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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