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
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During the Holodeck scene at the start of the episode Data uses several elisions in his speech while replying to the "ghost", words like don't and there's which he is not supposed to be able to say. See more
Oh, you doubt me. A non-believer. Really, Jean-Luc Picard of the Federation Starship Enterprise, no doubt you have traveled the galaxy, encountered a diverse universe of creatures. Is there no room for the likes of me?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
I've encountered many, who're more credibly to be called the devil than you.
The devil! Now, there's one I haven't heard in a long time.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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