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Working together to prevent the annihilation of a perfectly balanced, isolated society (with no contingency for outside visitors) may, in fact, destroy it.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Adam Belanoff (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
John Snyder ... Aaron Conor
Dey Young ... Hannah Bates
Ron Canada ... Martin Benbeck
Sheila Franklin Sheila Franklin ... Ensign Felton


The Enterprise is on a mission to warn the human colony in an artificial paradisiac biosphere on planet Moab IV's southern continent 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, after eight generations of selective breeding to nearly eliminate the remaining human risk factors, they believe far superior. 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 a blind man, would not even have been born in their society, by a tractor beam and updates to the biosphere itself. While Picard disapproves of genetic 'predisposition' on principle, Troi becomes a platonic intimate with Conor, who would be prepared... Written by KGF Vissers/edited by statmanjeff

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The piano recital played as Deanna Troi strolls with Aaron Conor is Frédéric Chopin's Prelude in E minor. 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 »


Martin Benbeck: We have immeasurably extended the potential of humanity - physically, psychologically... We have evolved beyond... beyond...
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Beyond us.
Martin Benbeck: Frankly - yes. No one in this society would be blind, for example. No offense intended.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Picard and crew seemed okay with this society...I thought they seemed a bit scary.
23 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A giant piece of space whatever is hurtling towards a planet, Moab IV. Being intergalactic nice-guys, the Enterprise offers to help the folks living on a colony there. However, inexplicably, the folks on the colony are difficult and only eventually respond to the ship's calls. The reason they were hesitant, is that the colony is some sort of weird eugenics experiment--where children are bred to be 'perfect' and no imperfections are allowed. This reminded me of the Nazi ideals, but the Enterprise showed surprising respect for these jerks. However, contact with these folks ends up changing their society, as some of the members decided it just isn't worth staying on their isolated little enclave.

This is an okay episode. What surprised me was the non-judgmental attitude everyone seemed to have for these elitist folks who breed much like cattle! Odd but not especially exciting.

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8 February 1992 (USA) See more »

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