The Enterprise obliges a planet which acutely faces an original problem: the mythic being Ardra demands they honor a contract concluded 1,000 years ago, under the terms of which that world now becomes entirely her property, with all its people 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 will be impartial, and is accepted... Written by
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Captain Picard critiques Data's performance as Ebenezer Scrooge. Patrick Stewart
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It seems unlikely Ventaxian law would allow for someone to contract with another in a way in which it would allow for a claim to property of a third party. The Ventaxians did not own the Enterprise, and could not give it away.
Even Picard could not give the ship away, because he didn't own it. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
A wise man once said: "There is a sucker born every minute."
Lt. Commander Data
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