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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Devil Monster
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Klingon Monster


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 KGF Vissers

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2 February 1991 (USA)  »

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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 »


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.

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Ardra: And don't talk like some ancient prophet around me, with 'thees' and 'thous' and 'most powerful ones'. It was appealing for a few centuries, but I bore easily. And stop cowering. When I want you on your knees, I'll let you know.
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19 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Normally, my favorite episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" are those with are monumental in scope--and are often two-parters involving the Borg or Klingons. However, there are a few standalone episodes that are truly wonderful. They don't relate to any other episodes but they are nonetheless terrific. The best of these, clearly, is "The Inner Light", but another wonderful one, with a VERY different mood, is "Devil's Due".

The episode begins with the Enterprise being brought to a planet after some Federation folks are kidnapped (this is a rather frequent theme, by the way). WHY this occurred is a trip. It seems that the planet's version of the Devil is coming...and in a panic, the people will do anything--even kidnap Federation staff. Picard is a bit annoyed by all this but his annoyance grows exponentially when this devil appears before him and the leader of the planet! This incredibly cool and rather sexy being announces that she's come to collect her due...and her due is the planet as well as anything orbiting it--which includes the Enterprise. What follows is a silly "Devil and Daniel Webster" sort of court case in which Picard tries to invalidate the contract with this 'lady'--but really it's just a delay tactic in order to allow LaForge to seek out the source of this woman's magical and very formidable powers!

So why did I like this episode so much? Well, it's something most episodes of the series never were...FUN. The performance of Marta Dubois as this evil and mythical 'Ardra' was simply delicious. While a bit over-the-top, it was done in such a fun and seductive manner that I was simply captivated by her...and you wonder why Picard didn't just shut up and give his soul to her! Lots of fun and a great change of pace.

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