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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.



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Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Vice-admiral Alynna Nechayev
DaiMon Solok
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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The static shot of the biosphere in an earlier episode, "The Masterpiece Society", is re-used in this episode. See more »


When Capt. Picard, Worf, and Dr. Crusher reach the chasm, they realize that the signal they are looking for is at the bottom, which is 500 meters (over 1650 feet) down, and that they will have to use their ropes and climbing equipment to repel down over the edge. The amount of rope that each carry appears to be much too small to equal 500 meters length, and appears to be at most 100 meters length. 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 ...
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Attached (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The WORST t.v I ever suffered through
26 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Two episodes for what? To see a rehash of the old "anti-appeasement" argument. One year after the Gulf War with all its sinister lead-up, three years after the fall of the USSR and the 'triumph' of MAD and Cold War containment, nine years before endless war, we get a homage to the Duke Wayne brand of human nature: war is too important to be left to diplomats." The militaristic, 'just follow orders,' no negotiations style is what secures the niceties of a democratic, open society (starship). Such BS. Might Paul Wolfowitz be the co-writer. My enjoyment of this series has almost been negated.

Oh yes, that dime-store psychology of the 8 year old being bullied turning to torture as a career does NO justice to the horrors victims of torture endure, especially when carried out by a country cloaking themselves as protectors of freedom and civility - as happened in our endless wars.

Abatemarco - you should rot, since that is what your story does to free-thought.

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