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

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

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While the humorless Capt. Jellico leads the effort to prevent a Cardassian invasion, the captured Picard is tortured by an interrogation expert in an attempt to break him.



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Picard's team has been lured to the Cardassian planet Celtris 3's fake 'metagenic' biological weapon-installation where he is captured and interrogated at 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 spy POW status, so he'll 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 Gordi guess right Picard was tricked to betray the Federation defense plans for Minos Kordas and get permission to make a bold counter-move, requiring best pilot Riker, who openly ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Patrick Stewart prepared for the scenes of torture by reviewing tapes provided by Amnesty International. He agreed to perform the first torture scene naked, but only as long as it was on a closed set. 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.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Gambit: Part 1 (1993) See more »


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One of the finest performances in TNG
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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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