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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?


At the 50th anniversary "Star Trek" convention in Las Vegas in August 2016, fans voted this and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Chain of Command: Part I (1992) the joint seventh best episode of the "Star Trek" franchise. 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 »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [shouting defiantly] There... are... *four*... lights!
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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And now, the (superb) conclusion
27 July 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Now this is exactly the reason people remember "Chain of Command"; the superior second part. And right from minute one, it's hard to watch because of the subject matter: Captain Picard being tortured by a Cardassian officer (David Warner) while Jellico (Ronny Cox) is gumming up the works on the Enterprise. But it's not the physical abuse that's so effective here, rather the psychological results. It's miserable to see Picard's systematic dehumanization and just as hard to see him in such a weakened state. It's the acting here that really sells this' Warner offers up one of the great TNG villains in a performance that varies from affectionate to sheer menace. And Stewart is his equal, no question. Even Ronny Cox turns the one-note Jellico into someone interesting.

I've seen this before (several times) and it never once fails to suck me right in. It's cold, vicious and undeniably powerful.


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