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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John Anderson also played a grieving widower on an episode of Little House on the Prairie called "The Haunted House". He played Amos Pike, a hermit who refuses to believe his wife is dead and spends his time playing her music box and "watching" her dance. See more »

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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. However, the building is so large that it covers half of the screen, so that what is behind or to the right is out of view, so we cannot tell how far back the vegetation extends. See more »

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Capt. Picard: We're not qualified to be your judges. We have no law to fit your crime. You're free to return to the planet. And to make Rishon live again.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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An entertaining and emotional story
18 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that made the series so entertaining. In this show we will learn that things are not exactly what they appear as the Enterprise is called to help two elderly people on a planet that has been attacked by aliens.

The two people, Kevin and Rishon Uxbridge, are living on the only spot of land that has not been destroyed by the passing aliens. They live in a nice house surrounded by trees when the rest of the planet is a wasteland. And right from the get-go we, as viewers, know that something just is not right about this situation.

Veteran actor John Anderson gives a stirring performance as the elderly Kevin Uxbridge that only wants to be left alone with his lovely wife. But before we learn the entire account of why the couple want no part of outside contact, we will be taken on an emotional trip that will lead to deception and remorse. An excellent story that was entertaining the entire time. One of the better episode we have seen this season.


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