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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.

Director:

Les Landau

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Michael I. Wagner (as Michael Wagner)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
John Anderson ... Kevin Uxbridge
Anne Haney ... Rishon Uxbridge
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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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Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1989 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

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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: 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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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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THIS EPISODE IS SUCH A GREAT PEICE OF ART!!!
25 August 2018 | by fullofteethSee all my reviews

See above. like, for real!!! one of the few moments of network television that strike the chord of the human condition! so odd, so sad, such amazing bullsh#t!!


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