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?
The episode was influenced by co-executive producer Maurice Hurley
's recent work on Miami Vice
(1984), and was intended to have the Enterprise come across a drug deal in progress. Hurley was also responsible for the insertion of a "Just Say No"-style drug speech by Tasha Yar to Wesley Crusher, which came over the objections of the cast. 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
The Ornarans provide us with the necessities of life, and we provide them with the necessities of living. It is a fair exchange.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more