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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Episode cast overview:
Paul Lambert ...
Thad Lamey ...
Devil Monster
Tom Magee ...
Klingon Monster


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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The title paraphrases a quote from William Shakespeare: "The devil shall have his bargain; for he was never yet a breaker of proverbs - he will give the devil his due." (Prince Hal in Henry IV Part 1 Act 1 Scene 2) See more »


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 »


Ardra: And don't talk like some ancient prophet around me, with 'thees' and 'thoughs' 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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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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26 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to disagree with anyone who gives this episode a higher rating than 1 star. This is an embarrassingly bad episode on a lot of levels.

Essentially it is a warmed-over next gen version of "Plato's Stepchildren" from TOS. And in addition to that as it's been pointed out is a recycled script from "ST: Phase II" from the 70's Everything about this episode just irritates. Ardra, in addition to being annoying, is immature and petty. The whole "Picard as sex slave" deal is just kind of gross and is something that he would never agree to even if backed into a corner. On top of it all, Ardra looks like some sort of outer space prostitute. Picard seems particularly repulsed by her, yet the episode end with her making rather coy sexual overtones toward him.

UGH UGH UGH!!! Skip this one. You'll be glad you did.

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