Stardate 45470.1: Following a piece of star debris on its way through areas of unexplored space, the Enterprise crew discovers a colony of genetically engineered humans on Moab IV, a planet which will be devastated by the stellar fragment’s close pass. Although his advisor Martin is hostile to the idea of introducing strangers to the perfectly balanced society, Conor, the colony’s leader, allows an Enterprise awat team to visit Moab IV. Troi and Conor enter a relationship, while engineer Hannah Bates works alongside Geordi to strive for an impossible discovery – moving the massive chunk of star debris without evacuating – and thus imbalancing – the colony. Even after using an technological offshoot of Geordi’s VISOR to release Moab IV from its death sentence, the Enterprise crew discovers that it may have now endangered the colony even worse by revealing a different way of life to the inhabitants.
teleplay by Adam Belanoff and Michael Piller
story by James Kahn and Adam Belanoff
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: John Snyder (Aaron Conor), Dey Young (Hannah Bates), Ron Canada (Martin Benbeck), Sheila Franklin (Ensign)
LogBook entry by Earl Green