Picard is replaced as captain of the Enterprise so he, Lt. Worf and Dr. Crusher go on a top-secret mission into Cardassian space. Meanwhile, his replacement, Captain 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 the 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 Dr. Crusher have a top-secret mission, to find and sabotage the presumed biological superweapon 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 Cardassian planet, but by the time they have intruded the subterranean installation... Written by KGF Vissers

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12 December 1992 (USA)  »

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The producers wanted to establish Jellico as a more by-the-book Captain than Picard through subtle differences. Whenever he enters the bridge, a member of the crew announces his arrival. He insists on crew members wearing full uniform whenever they are on duty. And where Picard says "Make it so", Jellico has a catchphrase of his own, the less friendly "Get it done". See more »


When Capt. Picard, Worf, and Dr. Crusher reach the chasm, they realize that the signal they are looking for is at the bottom, which is 500 meters (over 1650 feet) down, and that they will have to use their ropes and climbing equipment to repel down over the edge. The amount of rope that each carry appears to be much too small to equal 500 meters length, and appears to be at most 100 meters length. See more »


Captain Edward Jellico: Lemec is a Cardassian, and Cardassians are like... timber wolves, predators - bold in large numbers, cautious by themselves, and with an instinctive need to establish a dominant position in any social gathering.
Counselor Deanna Troi: So you're trying to establish a dominant position by making him wait for *you*?
[Jellico makes an affirmative gesture]
Counselor Deanna Troi: The trouble with wolves is that... sometimes in the fight for dominance, one of them ends up dead.
Captain Edward Jellico: In that case, the trick is... to be the wolf that's still standing at ...
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Attached (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Gut Wrenching!
25 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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