Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 13

Devil's Due (2 Feb. 1991)

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While answering a distress call, Picard finds himself not sure of exactly who he is dealing with, but he's sure he's NOT dealing with the planet's version of The Devil, as she claims to be.



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The Enterprise obliges a planet which acutely faces an original problem: the mysterious Ardra demands they honor a contract concluded 1,000 years ago, under the terms of which it now becomes entirely her property, with all inhabitants as her slaves and everything in orbit, as payment for her settling their ancestors' apparently hopeless problems then with war and environment decay. Picard is told she is known by many names in various systems, all frightening and almost almighty, but he refuses to believe she's the planet's version of The Devil, and decides to challenge her legal claim. Data finds under the planet's law the only possible way is by choosing an arbitrator- she proposes ever objective Data, who warns Picard he'll be impartial, and is accepted... Written by KGF Vissers

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Based on an unused script for an episode of the aborted series "Star Trek: Phase II," written around 1978. See more »


During the Holodeck scene at the start of the episode Data uses several contractions in his speech whilst replying to the 'ghost', words like don't and there's which he is not supposed to be able to say. See more »


Lt. Commander Data: Since I have no emotional awareness to create a performance, I am attempting to use performance to create emotional awareness. I believe if I can learn to duplicate the fear of Ebenezer Scrooge, I will be one step closer to truly understanding humanity.
[Picard is called to the bridge, which he acknowledges]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Data - the moment that you decided to stop imitating other actors and create your own interpretation, you were already one step closer to understanding humanity.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hide and Q (1987) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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I Thought Troi's Mother Was Bad!
25 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's sad that a television series must suffer through ups and downs when it comes to creativity and screen writing. Unlike a police drama or a sitcom, science fiction banks on creativity each week, and when it fails, it is really obvious. This episode is incredibly lacking. You have a culture that had incredible strife a thousand years previous to the events of this episode. In their mythology, the planetary inhabitants believe that a female figure named Ardra will come back, requiring quid pro quo for saving their civilization. She shows up and is quite formidable. She is able to shape-shift and make the world vibrate. She also teases Picard and makes his life uncomfortable. In retrospect, she might have done better, leaving him alone or at least using a lighter touch. The people on the planet have evolved so far technologically and culturally and have turned into complete idiots when it comes to their religion. The thing plods toward an ending where Data is made an impartial judge and Ardra and Jean-Luc do the Darrow/Bryan thing. It's certainly not surprising that we are pulling for Picard in this simplistic venture, but it is really weak.

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