It was a staple of The Original Series for its entire run – visited three times over the seasons, the Great Barrier stands as one of the more esoteric and dangerous threats the crew of the starship Enterprise ever faced.
As more of the Milky Way galaxy is explored and examined, it’s only natural that curious eyes and intrepid spirits should turn outward. Starfleet’s mission, one of discovery and protection, make the Great Barrier a tempting target for starship crews across the quadrants. But attempting to penetrate the enormous purple energy field usually comes at a great (or absolute) cost. Even advanced races struggle to make the trip beyond.
We’re forced to wonder how wise such an attempt might be, but the unknown origins, and equally unknown purpose of the barrier, make for a tempting mystery. And though dangerous, the secrets the barrier holds are enticing.
This Poll of the Week asks: Under what circumstances would you cross, or enter, the Great Barrier?