The Enterprise responds to a distress call from Rana IV, a Federation colony that is under attack from an unknown alien ship. When they arrive, they find the entire surface of the planet destroyed, save for a single house and two occupants.



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Responding to a distress call from Rana IV, a Federation colony under attack from an unknown alien ship, the Enterprise finds the surface of the planet destroyed, except the house and lot of one couple, Kevin and Rishon Uxbridge, who refuse to be evacuated, but why were they spared by the mysterious alien enemy? Their music box's melody haunts telepath Deanna Troi pathologically. After Lieutenant Worf stakes his reputation of thoroughness on his search as to the enemy ship being gone, it suddenly appears; Captain Picard decides not to follow it but return to Rana IV, where Rishon overcomes Kevin's reluctance to welcome them, even bearing a most useful matter replicator, he is an extreme pacifist. After an even stronger starship knocks their shields out, Picard takes surprising action... Written by KGF Vissers

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7 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


John Anderson (Kevin Uxbridge) played California Charlie in Psycho (1960) while Anne Haney (Rishon Uxbridge) played Eliza Chambers in the remake Psycho (1998). See more »


When the Enterprise is leading the alien warship away from the planet at high warp, the view of the starfield from Counselor Troi's quarters is as though they are standing still. See more »


Capt. Picard: We've all been inflicted one time or another with that melody that won't go away.
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Deceptively heartfelt
27 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A season 3 highlight, 'The Survivors' is classic TNG exploration with a shot of pathos. The crew happens upon a planet, decimated by a holocaust, but with two tenants still alive. Why were they spared? That, along with the massive warship that's patrolling the planet are the burning questions.

I don't want to give anything away (beyond Picard's solving the riddle and unloading a twist ending), but the reason behind all of this is a tragic one, brought about by pain and loneliness. One aspect that's noteworthy is the location shooting (this is a pretty episode), but in the end, it's also a bitter pill.


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