Stardate 44356.9: Shortly after counseling crewmember Janet Brooks over the loss of her husband, Troi begins to experience severe pain, and at the same time, the Enterprise is suddenly unable to go to warp speed. Data and Geordi determine that they’re caught in a field of steadily moving two dimensional particles that seem to be alive, while Troi realizes that she’s lost her empathic sense. When it is discovered that the entities are heading toward a black-hole-like cosmic string and carrying the Enterprise with them to destruction, Picard relies on Troi for an answer, although she has lost confidence in herself.
teleplay by Hilary J. Bader and Alan J. Bader & Vanessa Greene
story by Hilary J. Bader
directed by Chip Chalmers
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Kim Braden (Janet Brooks), Mary Kohnert (Ensign Allenby), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
LogBook entry by Earl Green