Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 21

The Drumhead (27 Apr. 1991)

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A retired admiral boards the Enterprise in an effort to determine the actions aboard the ship surrounding an act of sabotage and possible treason.

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A Klingon traitor is arrested: engineer Lieutenant J'Ddan, who passed secrets to the Romulans via fluid in a medical syringe, sabotage is feared. Retired female Federation Admiral Satie and her former assistants arrive to take charge of the investigation, with security chief Worf. Meanwhile Data and LaForge look into the sabotage risk. J'Ddan's denial of sabotaging the vital dilithium chamber is credible, which implies another traitor aboard, so the crew is grilled, starting with medic Simon Tarses who gave J'Ddan his injections. After a paranormal counsel believes Tarses a liar, he's tricked by lies into acting guilty, even though the 'sabotage' was in fact found to be an accidental failure, and confesses he lied about his ancestry to hide a Romulan grandfather. Picard objects against the unethical procedure, Satie calls upon Starfleet chief of security Admiral Henry to look for an even wider conspiracy, starting with Picard himself, based on his long-term record, and Worf, based on ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Lieutenant Worf: [referring to Admiral Satie] I believed her. I, I helped her. I did not see what she was.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Mister Worf, villains who twirl their moustaches are easy to spot. Those who clothe themselves in good deeds are well camouflaged.
Lieutenant Worf: I think... after yesterday, people will not be so ready to trust her.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Maybe. But she, or someone like her, will always be with us, waiting for the right climate in which to flourish, spreading fear in the name of righteousness. Vigilance, Mister Worf - that is the ...
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Joe McCarthy--Where Are You?
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When an overzealous retired commander, played by Jean Simmons, one of our greatest actresses, comes on board the Enterprise to investigate suspected espionage, she proves to be a take-no-hostages type. At first this seems like an admirable trait. But before she arrives they have already got their guy. They also have concluded that a malfunctioning system in the drive system was caused by faulty workmanship, a part that was defective. However, during the investigation, a young ensign gets caught in a lie. He misrepresented himself on his Starfleet application because of Romulan heritage. She now begins to poison the crewman against this guy, ignoring facts and leading a witch hunt. When PIcard intervenes, she begins to attack his integrity and his successes and to imply that his experiences with the Borg have compromised his decision making. She takes Worf in as they begin to make lists of possible acquaintances this guy had as a child and at the Academy. Of course, this is like the House Un-American Activities Committee of the fifties and her agenda is not much different than Senator McCarthy's was back then. This is an extremely well-acted and gripping episode.


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