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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When the bridge crew first scan the plot of vegetation and structure in the middle of the otherwise destroyed planet surface, Data announces that the structure is in the center of the vegetation. However, when the landing party materializes in the Uxbridge's back yard, the house is clearly seen at the far left corner of the lot, surrounded from behind and its left by desolation. See more »


Capt. Picard: Your Captain is acting on an assumption, Will. And I'm not sure what the result will be, or even that my assumption is correct. We found two people alive in a house on a devastated planet. But... there was only one survivor of the war... on Rana IV.
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A Sad and Heartfelt Episodoe
14 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A pair of elderly people are the only inhabitants left of what was once a thriving culture. They have obviously been victimized by some force or people. They live in a little plot of land in a beautiful dwelling and seem happy with each other. The Enterprise away team wants to get to the bottom of things and is confronted by the man (played by John Anderson) who wants them on their way. They refuse help from the starship, even though their supplies are obviously dwindling. Each time a crew beams down, the Enterprise is confronted by an enormous, hostile ship which will not acknowledge them. They simply fire. Still the Enterprise survives the onslaught. Something is terribly wrong and secrets are being kept. The long monologue at the conclusion reveals something so sad and devastating that it leaves us speechless. We need to ask, "What is forgivable?" This episode banks on its unanswered questions and doesn't wrap it up with a bow. This is what I love in science fiction.

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