The Enterprise is on a mission to warn the human colony of an artificial paradisiac biosphere on planet Moab 4's southern colony of the approach of a massive stellar fragment, which will impact with seismic force causing a tectonic disaster. However its competent, considerate leader Aaron Conor refuses to evacuate, confident their biosphere can withstand earthquakes. He does allow a small Enterprise party to visit their society, which they believe far superior after eight generations of selective breeding which nearly eliminated the remaining human risk factors. Despite their rigid rule never to leave, scientist Hannah Bates is allowed to come aboard to work out a method to deflect the approaching fragment jointly with Geordi, who as blind man would not even have been born in their society, by a tractor beam and updates to the biosphere itself. Picard disapproves of genetic 'predisposition' on principle, Troi becomes platonic intimate with Conor, who would be prepared to accept her ... Written by
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The idea for this story passed through six writers altogether. They couldn't figure out how to define a genetically engineered society. See more
Reflected in the black panel behind Geordi as he approaches the wooden rail on the Bridge in the show's opening scene. See more
[Hannah and a few other colonists have asked to be allowed to leave their planet, but are facing strong opposition from their leaders
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
In five days, you've seen only the most superficial evidence of what life is like outside this biosphere.
Would you ever choose to live aboard a ship in a bottle, Captain? You are in command of a starship. You live to explore the unknown. We ask for that same privilege.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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