The Enterprise obliges a planet which acutely faces an original problem: the mythic being Ardra demands they honor a contract concluded 1,000 years ago, under the terms of which that world now becomes entirely her property, with all its people 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 will be impartial, and is accepted...
Did You Know?
While Picard is talking with Data, Riker's voice comes over the com system saying "Captain Picard, please report to the bridge." But Picard is the most senior officer on board, and would not "report" to Riker or anyone else. Riker should have said "please come to the bridge". See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Method acting? I'm vaguely familiar with it...
Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: Exile
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more