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The Survivors 

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 »


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 »


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 highly unusual plot to say the least...
15 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

The very familiar character actor John Anderson stars in this unusual episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation". The enterprise responds to a distress call and amazingly, when it arrives, every person on the planet is dead...save two who are just fine in their home. Why they were not harmed is a total mystery and when they are visiting with the pair, a spaceship appears and tries to destroy the Enterprise. Unable to stop it, the Enterprise is forced to leave. It returns later, and once again, the same thing happens. Oddly, Mr. and Mrs. Uxbridge still won't leave and Mr. Uxbridge insists that they are fine and the Enterprise should leave--even though this ship MIGHT just attack the couple and finish off everyone on the planet. What's next? See this show, as it has many unusual surprise twists.

The solution to all this is what makes this particular show worthwhile. And, seeing Anderson playing Uxbridge made the show even better. Well worth seeing and incredibly unique.

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