Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 10

Chain of Command: Part 1 (12 Dec. 1992)

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Picard is replaced as captain of the Enterprise so he, Lt. Worf and Dr. Crusher go on a secret mission into Cardassian space. Meanwhile, his replacement, Capt. Jellico, meets his new command with some resistance from the crew.



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Because of a feared imminent Cardassian invasion, Vice Admiral Alynna Nechayev comes to the Enterprise on USS Cairo, to replace Picard as its captain by Cairo's captain, Edward Jellico, who immediately makes his mark on crew and ship, tells Troi there's no time for a 'honeymoon' with either for he expects the negotiations with the Cardassians he's charged with to fail and hastily deploys big plans to prepare the flagship for battle. Meanwhile Picard, Worf and Crusher have a top-secret mission, to find and sabotage the presumed biological super-weapon which can wipe out all life on a whole system prior to invasion. After their training the trio bribes a Ferengi smuggler ship to reach the suspected Vardassian planet, but by the time they have intruded the subterranean installation... Written by KGF Vissers

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Ronny Cox has a unique distinction in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987). He is the only guest star who ever did a "captain's log" entry when his character was in charge of the Enterprise while Captain Picard was on a mission. See more »


Although Picard, Worf and Beverly use a Type-7 shuttle, the interior is that of a Type-6 shuttle. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [about Riker] He's been decorated by Starfleet Command five times; he's been offered his own ship more than once. I think if you just gave him a chance, you would find him an outstanding officer.
Captain Edward Jellico: Jean-Luc, let's be candid for a moment. The Cardassians aren't going to listen to reason, and the Federation isn't going to give in to their demands. And the chances are you won't be coming back from this mission of yours. I want this ship ready for action, and I don't have time to give Will Riker or ...
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The first of the two episodes sets things up. It begins with an admiral coming on board and taking the Enterprise away from Picard. He accepts this because there is a serious mission he, Beverly, and Worf are to go on to stop some activities by the Cardassians. Captain Jellico (Ronny Cox) takes over the ship and begins to change everything. He is a tyrant and doesn't care that the crew and especially Commander Riker find him repugnant. He is arbitrary and cruel. He never takes into account that Picard has commanded with honor the flagship of the fleet. Meanwhile, the three mates find themselves on the Cardassian planet, moving through a series of tunnels to find the object of their mission. They are finally ambushed. The Cardassians, who will become more important in other Trek offerings, especially Deep Space Nine, are a nasty bunch, full of hatred because of their war-like history. While negotiations go on on board with the hot headed Jellico leading them into dangerous territory, the away team is in for a nasty surprise. Well set up and captivating.

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