Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 18

Allegiance (24 Mar. 1990)

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Picard is kidnapped and held with three different aliens and meanwhile replaced with a replica as impostor captain.

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An unknown force transports Captain Jean-Luc Picard out of his quarters into a closed cell, where he joins three other captives of different races, including Federation cadet Mitena Haro, who have very different temperaments and mistrust each-other, but have no hope to escape unless they manage to collaborate. Meanwhile a perfect replica of Picard takes his place aboard the Enterprise, but Commander William T. Riker soon suspects he's too perfect and a danger for the ship... Written by KGF Vissers

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The song that the Picard replica sings in Ten Forward is as follows: Come cheer up my lads 'tis to glory we steer, To add something new to this wonderful year To honour we call you not press you like slaves, For who are so free as the sons of the waves Hearts of oak are our ships, jolly tars are our men We always are ready, steady boys, steady We'll fight and we will conquer again and again. See more »

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According to Mitena Haro, Picard is tapping the first six prime numbers trying to communicate with their abductors. The first six prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, and 13. However, Picard is tapping 2, 3, 5, 7, 3, 5, 5, 7, 7, and finally 4, before giving up. See more »

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Well. I think this charade has gone far enough.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [to Haro] Don't you?
Mitena Haro: I don't understand.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Oh yes, you do. This isn't a holding cell. It's a laboratory maze, a carefully structured test. It's an experiment to see how well we react under pressure.
Esoqq: How do you know?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It's the only explanation. Look at the four of us. We do have something in common: we all react differently to authority.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [to Tholl] You, the collaborator, defer to whoever has control.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [to Esoqq] You, the anarchist, reject authority in any...
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The ending makes this one very watchable.
17 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While Picard is relaxing in his quarters, something bizarre occurs-- he disappears and is replaced by a duplicate. The real Picard finds himself in a room with a couple others who also were kidnapped by someone or something--and they're soon joined by another. As for the faux Picard, he looks and sounds like Jean-Luc but isn't quite him-- and he gets weirder as the trip progresses. He does things that make little sense--such as coming on to the Doctor and taking them away from their mission on a slow ride to another part of space but the oddest is his leading the crew in a song in the galley! What's the purpose of all this? And, will the crew put up with the new Picard without a possible mutiny?

Sometimes it's fun watching the faux Picard and sometimes it's fun watching the real one. Best of all? Watching the real Picard get the last laugh on his captors at the end. Entertaining and well worth your time.


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