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...
Did You Know?
played another role where his character was involved with a music box 14 years before this one. In 1975, he played Amos Pike in Little House on the Prairie: Haunted House
(1975), a man so broken by grief that he holds onto a music box to aid in his delusions. The music box's music plays a large role in both stories. See more
When the away party arrives at the survivors' home, Data describes Kevin as a botanist and his wife as a musician. However, later in the show Counselor Troi (or possibly another character) describes both Kevin and his wife as botanists. See more
Tell me this - if Rishon were in danger, would you kill to save her life?
No, not for her... not for anyone. I will not kill.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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