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Chain Of Command, Part I 

Picard is replaced as captain of the Enterprise so he, Lt. Worf and Dr. Crusher go on a top-secret mission into Cardassian space. Meanwhile, his replacement, Captain Jellico, meets his new command with some resistance from the crew.


Robert Scheerer


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ronald D. Moore (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Ronny Cox ... Capt. Edward Jellico
Natalija Nogulich ... Vice-Adm. Alynna Nechayev
John Durbin ... Gul Lemec
Lou Wagner ... DaiMon Solok
David Warner ... Gul Madred
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


Because of a feared imminent Cardassian invasion, Vice Admiral Alynna Nechayev comes to the Enterprise on the USS Cairo, to replace Picard as its captain by Cairo's captain, Edward Jellico, who immediately makes his mark on crew and ship, tells Troi there's no time for a 'honeymoon' with either for he expects the negotiations with the Cardassians he's charged with to fail and hastily deploys big plans to prepare the flagship for battle. Meanwhile, Picard, Worf and Dr. Crusher have a top-secret mission, to find and sabotage the presumed biological superweapon which can wipe out all life on a whole system prior to invasion. After their training, the trio bribes a Ferengi smuggler ship to reach the suspected Cardassian planet, but by the time they have intruded the subterranean installation... Written by KGF Vissers

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This episode was intended to establish the Cardassians as the main villains of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), about to begin its run. Ronald D. Moore, the writer, would become senior writer on DS9 when ST:TNG ended. See more »


Considering Beverly is buried in a pile of rubble in the caves, she is surprisingly clean and unhurt. See more »


Captain Edward Jellico: Lemec is a Cardassian, and Cardassians are like... timber wolves, predators - bold in large numbers, cautious by themselves, and with an instinctive need to establish a dominant position in any social gathering.
Counselor Deanna Troi: So you're trying to establish a dominant position by making him wait for *you*?
[Jellico makes an affirmative gesture]
Counselor Deanna Troi: The trouble with wolves is that... sometimes in the fight for dominance, one of them ends up dead.
Captain Edward Jellico: In that case, the trick is... to be the wolf that's still standing at the...
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Be careful, thems Cardassians are tricksy!
28 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the first of a two-part episode about the Cardassians. It appears to have been timed to coincide with the beginning of the spin- off series, "Star Trek: Deep Space 9"--as the Cardassians were HUGE adversaries throughout that series.

The show begins with an admiral visiting Captain Picard. It seems he's begin reassigned, at least temporarily, on a special mission with the Doctor and Worf. And, instead of making Riker the new captain of the ship, a new captain (Ronnie Cox) is brought in--ostensibly because of his toughness and prior experiences with the Cardassians.

The special assignment turns out to consist of the three infiltrating a Cardassian base which might have banned weapons. However, it really made NO SENSE why these three (especially the Doctor and Picard) would be in on such a mission. Why not some sort of 24th century Seal team or the like?! How tough is Dr. Crusher?! And, Picard appears to be about 50! Overall, it is an interesting episode will stupid casting for the team. Part two is a bit better.

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