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Chain of Command: Part II 

While the humorless Captain Jellico leads the effort to prevent a Cardassian invasion, Picard is captured and tortured by a ruthless interrogator in an attempt to break him.


Les Landau


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Frank Abatemarco | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Ronny Cox ... Captain Edward Jellico
John Durbin ... Gul Lemec
David Warner ... Gul Madred
Heather Lauren Olson Heather Lauren Olson ... Jil Orra
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


Picard's team has been lured to the Cardassian planet Celtris III's fake biological weapon-installation where he is captured and interrogated at the threat of death and truth-drugged. The Enterprise's present Captain Edward Jellico believes the negotiations with the Cardassians are heading for war, especially now Picard's failed intrusion is reported by the scandalized Cardassians. Picard is stripped naked and suspended by the wrists for a thirsty night before torture by a pain-inducing implant made with a geminite knife. The Cardassians prove to Jellico that Picard is captured but deny the agent POW status, so he will suffer a terrorist's fate unless the Federation admits starting a war or retreats from the sector. After scanning the Cardassian ship for indications where they were, Jellico, Data and Geordi guess right Picard was tricked to betray the Federation defense plans for Minos Kordas and get permission to make a bold countermove, requiring best pilot Riker, who openly ... Written by KGF Vissers

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19 December 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor David Warner took over the role of Gul Madred on three days' notice. He could not learn his lines in that short time, so he had to use cue cards. He said, "Every line I said, I actually was reading over Patrick Stewart's shoulder or they put it down there for me to do it. After I finished it, I thought it worked, which obviously it did.". See more »


When Madred tells Picard "the Enterprise is burning in space", he probably uses a figure of speech rather than the literal meaning of "burning". See more »


[last lines]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: At the end, he gave me a choice - between a life of comfort... or more torture. All I had to do was to say that... I could see *five* lights, when in fact there were only four.
Counselor Deanna Troi: You didn't say it.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: No. No. But I was going to. I would've told him anything. Anything at all. But more than that - I believed that I could see... five lights.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Gambit: Part I (1993) See more »


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Performed by Patrick Steward
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Picard is tortured
13 August 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In this second part of a two part TNG story we learn a bit of Cardassian history and culture. Turns out they weren't always the ruthless warriors TNG fans came to know. In fact they were at one time a planet of poets and philosophers.

All that's changed now as Patrick Stewart learns that the tip about Cardassians building biological weapons is a hoax. It was all to lure Jean Luc Picard into hands that would deliver him to the Cardassians. They want information on Starfleet defenses and aren't to squeamish on how they get it.

As for the Enterprise the crew grumbles under Ronny Cox but in the end he proves to be a wily adversary for the Cardassians.

One of the better TNG stories out there.

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