An unknown force immobilizes the Enterprise during the Federation’s first encounter with a new alien threat?the Ferengi.
Review: In the first few episodes that the Ferengi are in, they seem to come off as not very in depth, lacking something. Thankfully, as the seasons go on, it improved. So the Enterprise attempts to make contact with the Ferengi after they “steal” an energy converter from a Federation outpost. This is the first encounter. Picard thinks the Ferengi has them in a force field and surrenders for the second time this season already. Ferengi thinks Picard is doing it to them. Then they realize that it wasn’t either of them and it was actually Portal. Portal is a guardian of the Tkon Empire. It goes on from there as Riker and Portal become “buddies.” And the ship is saved again from the mistaken harm that Portal was doing to it.
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Quote of the episode: “Fear is the true enemy, the only enemy.” – Commander William Riker
Season 1, Episode 5
Prod #: ST:TNG 107
Air Date: 10.18.87