Episode 151: "The Survivors" 

After answering a distress call from a remote Federation planet under attack, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise is shocked to discover that all but two of the 11,000 inhabitants have been killed. Beaming down to Rana IV, the Away Team finds that the entire planet has been obliterated, except for a patch of land where an undamaged home still stands. Inside, they meet the sole survivors of the attack Kevin and Rishon Uxbridge, an elderly couple who cannot explain why they survived the devastation and refuse to leave the decimated colony.

Meanwhile, back on the Enterprise, Counselor Troi's head is inexplicably filled with music which continues to repeat unabated, day and night. She confesses her problem to Picard and admits that she is unable to read the emotions of the Uxbridges as a result.

Suddenly, the ship that attacked Rana IV returns to the area and fires upon the U.S.S. Enterprise, crippling the starship's weapons systems. In sick bay, Dr. Crusher tries to relieve the incessant music in Troi's brain by heavily sedating her, then inducing a coma, but nothing seems to work.

Following his hunch that the warship somehow responds to the Uxbridges' wishes, Picard confronts them. Though Kevin angrily insists that he and his wife do not require the crew's help, Picard tells the couple that the U.S.S. Enterprise will remain in orbit as long as the two of them are alive.

A short time later, the warship reappears and obliterates the Uxbridges' home. In response, the Enterprise destroys the warship. Despite the fact that the crew can find no signs of life on Rana IV, Picard insists upon keeping the planet under surveillance.

Within hours, Geordi reports that the Uxbridges' home has reappeared on the planet what's more, the couple is alive and well inside it! Picard beams them up to the ship and forces Kevin to admit that his home, his wife and the warship are merely reproductions of the originals, which were destroyed in the attack.

Kevin confesses that he is a Douwd, an immortal being capable of creating disguises and false surroundings. He explains that after taking a human form 50 years ago, he visited earth and fell in love with Rishon, who remained unaware of his true identity and magic powers throughout their marriage.

Unfortunately, when the aggressive species known as the Husnock attacked Rana IV, Kevin refused to fight back or kill anyone. However, his wife joined the battle and was murdered by the Husnock, along with everyone else in the colony.

Enraged by his wife's death, Kevin then summoned his magical powers and in an instant of grief, destroyed the Husnock race of 50 billion. Fearful that Troi would discover his secret, Uxbridge put the music in her mind to block her telepathic powers.

Stunned by Uxbridge's confession, Picard tells Kevin that he is not qualified to judge his crimes and returns the man to his planet. But before leaving the Enterprise, Kevin restores Troi to normal.

Production: 151
Season: 3 Episode: 3
Air Date: 10.09.1989
Stardate: 43152.4
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
Brent Spiner as Data
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Worf
Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher
John Anderson as Kevin Uxbridge
Anne Haney as Rishon Uxbridge
Memorable Quotes:
Lieutenant Worf: Good tea. Nice house.

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Lieutenant Worf: Your action of threatening our away team with a non-functioning phaser was an act of unmitigated gall.
Kevin Uxbridge: Didn't fool you, did it?
Lieutenant Worf: I admire gall.

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Capt. Picard: [making an entry into his log] The Enterprise is leaving the Delta Rana star system. We leave behind a creature of great power and great conscience. I don't know whether he should be praised or persecuted... only that he should be left alone.

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Kevin Uxbridge: I saw her broken body. I went insane, my hatred exploded. And in an instant of grief... I destroyed the Husnock.
Commander: Why did you try to hide this from all of us? Was it out of guilt for not helping Rishon and the others while they were alive?
Kevin Uxbridge: No, no, no, no, no, you don't understand the scope of my crime. I didn't kill just one Husnock, or a hundred, or a thousand. I killed them ALL. All Husnock, everywhere.
[Kevin stands up and faces Picard and Crusher]
Kevin Uxbridge: Are 11,000 people worth 50 billion? Is the love of a woman worth the destruction of an entire species?

 

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STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION

"The Survivors"
(f.k.a. "The Veiled Planet")
#40273-151

Written by
Michael Wagner

Directed by
Les Landau

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REVISED FINAL DRAFT

JULY 31, 1989

STAR TREK: "The Survivors" - 7/31/89 - CAST

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
"The Survivors"

CAST

PICARD                        KEVIN UXBRIDGE
RIKER                        RISHON UXBRIDGE
DATA
BEVERLY
TROI
GEORDI
WORF
WESLEY

Non-Speaking
SUPERNUMERARIES
MEDICAL ASSISTANTS

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