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Summary[]

Riker, Data, Troi and Worf beam down to Ursae Majoris Two, or ePlanet, an Earth colony settled in the late 21st century from which the Enterprise has received a distress call. They learn that the colonists left Earth because of opposition to their desire to implant technology into their bodies in order to experience the Internet in a more personal way. They now have implants in the ear, eye and head, as well as replacing one hand with a metal appendage, and are mentally linked to each other. Paulus, a member of the ruling Conclave, claims that no distress signal was sent. Data and Troi make contact with Dayna, an unaltered woman who belongs to a group of colonists who have rebelled against the implants and are living in hiding. The Enterprise's visit is the catalyst for many more people to rebel, causing the colony to split apart but bringing its people real freedom for the first time.

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Characters[]

Beverly CrusherDanDataDaynaHarroldusJakaruGeordi La ForgePaulusJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerDeanna TroiWillusWorf
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AlloyedKhan Noonien Singh

Starships and vehicles[]

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class)

Locations[]

City-Zero alphaEarthePlanetGates BoulevardMilky Way GalaxyNorth AmericaUrsae Majoris II

Races and cultures[]

AndroidBetazoidHuman (ePlanetian) • Klingon
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BorgVulcan

States and organizations[]

ConclaveFederationStarfleetUnited Earth Space Probe Agency

Other references[]

21st centuryartaway teambriefing roomcitycolonycommunicationsconference roomculturedistress callemotionEugenics Warsflowerfoodgenetic driftgeniehistoryhive mindlimestonemineralmosaicmuseummusicorbitplanetpolitical asylumpoliticsPrime Directiveready roomsectorsecuritytouch telepathytrading posttreeuniformwar

Ranks and titles[]

captaincommandercounselordepartment headdoctorensignfirst officerlieutenantnumber oneofficersecurity guard

Technology and weapons[]

androidcash registercolony shipcombadgecommunicatorcomputerinternetphaserrobotsecurity padserverstarshiptechnologytransportertricorderviewscreenweapon

Chronology[]

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Information[]

  • ePlanet has a "Gates Boulevard", presumably named for Bill Gates.
  • The colonists left Earth due to opposition to their goals in the wake of the Eugenics War.
  • Paulus' mention of the Vulcans leads Troi to comment, "You have kept current with the galaxy," even though the colonists left Earth in the late 21st century, probably after first contact. (Willus has, however, already mentioned the Borg.)

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