Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 13

The Masterpiece Society (8 Feb. 1992)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Hannah Bates
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Sheila Franklin ...
Ensign Felton


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 KGF Vissers

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Quite a few actors in this episode would go on to appear in further Star Trek episodes. Ron Canada would appear in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995) (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Rules of Engagement (1996) and Star Trek: Voyager: Juggernaut (1999)). Dey Young would also appear in DS9 and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: A Simple Investigation (1997) and Star Trek: Enterprise: Two Days and Two Nights (2002)). This is John Snyder's second appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). The first appearance was in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Enemy (1989). See more »


As the landing party enters the lab to meet Dr. Hannah Bates for the first time, Will Riker is walking very fast with his head down, not watching where he's going, and almost walks into the wall to the left of the doorway. He looks up at the last moment and avoids bumping into the wall, jumping through the doorway just in time. Although his character could be smiling at the occasion of meeting Dr. Bates, it sure looks like he's trying to suppress a laugh at his near miss with the wall. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: We've got a problem. Our core fragment is going to pass by Moab IV in six days.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Isn't that exactly what we anticipated?
Commander William T. Riker: We didn't anticipate there would be someone living there.
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The Nazis Would Have Loved This
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The Enterprise crew receives a distress signal from a city that is covered by a dome. They are the descendants of a culture that has been involved in genetic engineering, creating a "perfect" society. Everyone has a role in the total makeup of the culture. Those that have been born with defects or lacking intelligence enough to contribute, have been eliminated. They have kept strangers out of mix because they feel they would prove contaminants. What is missing, however, is the need for creativity and challenge. The Enterprise has arrived because a star fragment threatens to destroy their world. At first, they are turned away but their leader realizes that without the aid of the crew, they are doomed. Into the mix comes Deanna Troi who develops feeling for the leader and he for her. Also, a young female engineer assists Jordi and starts to see that challenge and threat are an important part of life's journey. They have never had to face any such issues since their culture is stable and unchanging. This becomes the issue as this society has to face its unhappiness. A very interesting episode.

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