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5.0 out of 5 stars Survivors
In this episode, the Enterprise responds to a distress signal to discover a colony that's been wiped out. A closer scan reveals a small patch of land that has not been destroyed with two survivors. Attempts to evacuate the survivors meets with another attack from the aliens.
For it's time, the battle between the alien vessel and the Enterprise was pretty darn...
Published on January 31, 2000 by AstroNerdBoy

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3.0 out of 5 stars Weak story with a very vengeful god
While the love between Kevin and Rishon is touching, the situation has so many logical holes that it reaches the level of absurdity. When answering an urgent distress call from a human colony under attack, the Enterprise discovers that with one tiny exception, the planet has been completely devastated. That exception is a small acreage containing lush vegetation, a house...
Published on March 16, 2009 by Charles Ashbacher


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5.0 out of 5 stars Survivors, January 31, 2000
This review is from: Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 51: The Survivors [VHS] (VHS Tape)
In this episode, the Enterprise responds to a distress signal to discover a colony that's been wiped out. A closer scan reveals a small patch of land that has not been destroyed with two survivors. Attempts to evacuate the survivors meets with another attack from the aliens.
For it's time, the battle between the alien vessel and the Enterprise was pretty darn cool. In addition learning about this retired couple who survived the attack kept me interested through out the episode.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not likely to Make the Top Ten List...., February 13, 2001
This review is from: Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 51: The Survivors [VHS] (VHS Tape)
But "The Survivors" is a beautifully acted tale with a dignified and compassionate performance from veteran character actor John Anderson. His "revelation" to Captain Picard at the installment's ending moments is stunning, bringing to the surface all the years of toiling as a "heavy" in so many films and television shows. It is this rare occasion when the actor showed that he could portray a sympathetic character whose actions are based solely on love and loneliness.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weak story with a very vengeful god, March 16, 2009
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This review is from: Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 51: The Survivors [VHS] (VHS Tape)
While the love between Kevin and Rishon is touching, the situation has so many logical holes that it reaches the level of absurdity. When answering an urgent distress call from a human colony under attack, the Enterprise discovers that with one tiny exception, the planet has been completely devastated. That exception is a small acreage containing lush vegetation, a house and two inhabitants, Kevin and Rishon.
Riker leads an away team to the acreage, only to be caught in a noose that leaves him hanging upside down. Why there would be a need for such a trap on a planet where all other life has been eliminated is a question never asked, although it does create a funny moment. Kevin and Rashon are evasive in answering questions and refuse to evacuate to the Enterprise.
Suddenly, Troi begins experiencing powerful telepathic messages of a song that begins to erode her sanity. When a large and powerful ship appears, it fires on the Enterprise using very weak weapons and then leaves the system. The Enterprise pursues but the ship always manages to stay ahead until Picard breaks off the pursuit. This continues until Kevin finally confesses that he is a powerful and immortal creature that refused to aid the colonists in their battle against the attacking Husnock and therefore watched all the people as they were killed. In his grief and anger, he then slaughtered all 50 billion Husnock and has been living with a simulcrum of his dead wife ever since. Stunned by this revelation, Picard realizes that he cannot judge Kevin and allows him to return to the planet.
The most serious logical flaw is that a being as powerful as Kevin would have known that the Husnock would wipe out the human colony and Rishon would be killed. He could have prevented that by using but a fraction of his power in a nonviolent manner, yet he did not. A second flaw is that Kevin is a member of a species most certainly unknown to the Enterprise and Picard would have made some effort to learn about them before telling Kevin that he can return to his purgatory existence on the planet. While John Anderson as Kevin and Anne Haney as Rishon deliver superb performances that improve the episode, this is too little to overcome the enormous inconsistencies. Finally, there is some additional uplifting as Worf is allowed to deliver two very humorous lines.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Picard has to solve the Case of the Elderly Uxbridges, November 3, 2000
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This review is from: Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 51: The Survivors [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Responding to a distress call from a colony on Rana Four, the Enterprise discovers that everyone on the planet is dead except for an elderly couple, Kevin and Rishon Uxbridge. The Uxbridges have no explanation for the attack, but in the grand tradition of colonists everywhere they refuse to leave their home. But this is not the only mystery. An alien warship suddenly appears, fires on the Enterprise and then runs away. The warship then returns with better weaponry, this time forcing the Enterprise to retreat. Figuring out that the two mysteries are somehow related, Picard tells the Uxbridges that the Enterprise will remain in orbit to protect them. Again the alien warship appears, but this time it destroys the Uxbridges and their home. However, when Picard monitors the site from orbit, the house and the old couple reappear. Picard is coming closer and closer to the truth.
A simple episode with a rather interesting mystery, "The Survivors" is a different sort of love story. It is also one of the better mysteries to confront Picard outside of a holodeck Dixon Hill adventure. This is not one of those mysteries you are going to figure out from the clues, but when all the pieces are put together you will admire the completed puzzle. "The Survivors" is also about responsibility and justice on a more than human scale. One thing I have always appreciated about Star Trek: The Next Generation is that the show was not afraid to confront things bigger than ourselves. Ultimately, the progress of humanity in the Star Trek universe is judged not only by how Picard et al. deal with the "lesser" lifeforms but how they respond to the "greater" powers as well.
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