Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 11

Chain of Command: Part 2 (19 Dec. 1992)

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While the humorless Captain Jellico leads the effort to prevent a Cardassian invasion, Picard is captured and tortured by a ruthless interrogator in an attempt to break him.



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Picard's team has been lured to the Cardassian planet Celtris III's fake biological weapon-installation where he is captured and interrogated at the threat of death and truth-drugged. The Enterprise's present Captain Edward Jellico believes the negotiations with the Cardassians are heading for war, especially now Picard's failed intrusion is reported by the scandalized Cardassians. Picard is stripped naked and suspended by the wrists for a thirsty night before torture by a pain-inducing implant made with a geminite knife. The Cardassians prove to Jellico that Picard is captured but deny the agent POW status, so he will suffer a terrorist's fate unless the Federation admits starting a war or retreats from the sector. After scanning the Cardassian ship for indications where they were, Jellico, Data and Geordi guess right Picard was tricked to betray the Federation defense plans for Minos Kordas and get permission to make a bold countermove, requiring best pilot Riker, who openly ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Did You Know?


While Frank Abatemarco got the writing credit, the entire script was virtually written by Jeri Taylor, with a last minute polish by Ronald D. Moore. See more »


When Madred tells Picard "the Enterprise is burning in space", he probably uses a figure of speech rather than the literal meaning of "burning". See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: When children learn to devalue others, they can devalue anyone, including their parents.
Gul Madred: What a blind, narrow view you have. What an arrogant man you are.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Gambit: Part 1 (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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One of the finest performances in TNG
2 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

By far, one of the best episodes of all TNG. While the regular cast was good, the performance by Ronny Cox and particularly David Warner were terrific. Warner's performance was superb as Gul Madred as he held and tortured Picard, most of it psychologically and emotionally. Two scenes were especially good, one with Gul Madred's daughter and the other with the starving Picard eating a raw Cardisian dish. Cox, playing Captain Jellico, gave a very solid performance as the arrogant captain who replaced Picard. The confrontations between Cox and Frakes were almost as compelling as the interaction between Warner and Stewart. Definitely one of the best performances for acting of all TNG episodes.

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