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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Jonathan Frakes (William Riker) and John Anderson (Kevin Uxbridge) were both stars in North and South. Frakes as Stanley Hazard and Anderson as William Hazard. See more »

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When the Enterprise is under attack the second time, Worf says that the shields are down three times in a row after each attack. The shields were never brought back up after the first time. There is no need to announce again that they are still down. See more »

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Capt. Picard: Tell me this - if Rishon were in danger, would you kill to save her life?
Kevin Uxbridge: No, not for her... not for anyone. I will not kill.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
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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