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Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 51: The Survivors

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"The Survivors" is a third-season episode that truly echoes the kind of sci-fi mystery that made the original series so memorable. When theEnterpriseresponds to a distress call on the planet Rana IV, the crew finds that the entire planet has been devastated, … see full wiki

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Weak story with a very vengeful god

  • Mar 16, 2009
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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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