Trip and Reed take a shuttlepod out to test a new systems modification which requires at least 20,000 kilometers’ distance from the Enterprise. At the same time, the Enterprise moves away from the rendezvous point to render aid to an alien ship in distress, but the rescue goes awry, leaving both vessels damaged. When the shuttlepod returns to the agreed-upon asteroid belt rendezvous, Trip and Reed see wreckage from the Enterprise – in reality debris from the recent accident – strewn across one of the asteroids, and they assume the worst: no one will arrive to pick them up, they have mere days of oxygen left, and they have no chance of reaching an inhabited world before then.
written by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: none
LogBook entry by Earl Green