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
Martin Benbeck
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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The idea for this story passed through six writers altogether. They couldn't figure out how to define a genetically engineered society. See more »


When Troi is shown playing a piano with Aaron Conner, the notes heard do not match her hand movements. See more »


Aaron Conor: I know what Hannah Bates is feeling. I've been feeling it as well. I've found your people intriguing, and stimulating, as she has. I've been every bit as curious about you as the next man. But I am not the next man. I am the leader of these people, and every genetic fiber of my being demands that I protect them. And instead, I have betrayed them. I have allowed this to happen.
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Fourth Prelude in E Minor.
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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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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