Chain of Command, Part II 12.21.92
Posted 27 May 2005 - 10:54 PM
Episode #: 11
Production #: 237
Episode Name: Chain of Command, Part II
Original Air Date: 12.21.92
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Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William Thomas Riker
Brent Spiner as Data
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Worf
Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Ronny Cox as Captain Jellico
John Durbin as Gul Lemec
Heather Lauren Olson as Jil Orra
David Warner as Gul Madred
Director: Les Landau
Written By: Frank Abatemarco
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Posted 08 June 2005 - 01:05 AM
A simply incredible episode as you would expect because Ronald Moore (DS9 genius) wrote the script.
The two plots in this episode were both superbly written.
The first was a change of command on NCC 1701-D where the style of Picard was replaced by the micro-management style of Captain Edward Jellico who was superbly played by the brilliant Ronny Cox of RoboCop fame.
Watching him wind up and antagonise the crew was wonderful.
I loved the verbal sparring with Commander Riker and the way he immediately changed everything on the ship, including getting rid of Picard's deadly poisonous Lionfish, similar to the one that almost killed Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon.
He was also able to finally get Deanna Troi out of her dress......
Sadly, he only wanted her to wear her standard uniform, which I think she looked sexier in, but hey maybe that's just my own perversion speaking. I can never be sure.
Interestingly, Data became XO in this episode and wore the red command uniform.
Of course, the Jellico Reign Of Terror was only half of this episode....
The other half was the incredible performances of David Warner and Patrick Stewart. Aside from the obviously powerful and memorable torture scenes, it also provided us with a great deal of information about Cardassians and Cardassian society.
The battle of wits between Picard and Madred was superb, made even more powerful by Picard's admission at the end of the episode that he was very close to breaking before he was released.
Rating = 5
Posted 11 January 2008 - 08:13 PM