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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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 »

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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 »

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Captain Edward Jellico: I'm not going to argue with you, Gul Lemec. Every one of your ships has a mine on its belly, my finger's on the button, and you're in a very bad position.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Gambit: Part 1 (1993) See more »

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Unusual Integrity
6 August 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Torture is a common plot device in American media. It is powerfully provocative. But while most media portray torture, falsely, as effective and fast though messy, TNG portrayts it truthfully as unreliable and spoiling of potential intelligence as well as a horrible crime.

Besides the incredible integrity shown in this episode so characteristic of the Star Trek franchise, and TNG especially, this episode contains superb acting and writing. The primary characters all appear to have depth and aren't easily distinguished as the "evil enemy" and the "great hero". It really goes to show that expensive production costs are not required for great dramatic performance.


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