Episode 236: "Chain of Command, Part I" 

As tensions between the Federation and the Cardassians grow, Picard is ordered to leave the U.S.S. Enterprise to lead a top-secret mission. Beverly and Worf are also "reassigned" and begin rigorous training sessions with Picard, although only the captain knows the nature of their upcoming task. Among the crew, speculations about whether Picard will return arise when a now commanding officer, Captain Jellico, is assigned to take over instead of Riker. Jellico adds to everyone's anxiety by quickly implementing several major procedural changes that disrupt their daily lives.
Jellico is especially hard on Riker and Geordi, which naturally creates a great deal of tension. Troi uses her position as counselor to plead for a period of readjustment, but Jellico disregards her input, coldly insisting the situation with the Cardassians demands immediate action. Later, in a conversation with Picard, Jellico says he feels war with the Cardassians is unavoidable, and that he doubts Picard will ever return to the Enterprise. The ship is now his, and he plans to run it his way.

When Picard, Beverly and Worf finally embark on their mission, Picard is able to relay the enormous gravity of their situation. The Cardassians are rumored to be developing metagenic weapons genetically engineered viruses that destroy all living things in their path on an abandoned planet called Celtris III. Picard and his team have been ordered to locate these weapons and destroy them at any cost.

Back on the Enterprise, Jellico meets with Gul Lemec, a Cardassian leader, ostensibly in hopes of averting war. However, Jellico does everything he can to enrage Lemec, making him wait for over an hour and acting unreasonable once the meeting begins. He engages Riker and Troi in this "good cop, bad cop" game, hoping to intimidate the Cardassians into abandoning their plans. But Jellico's own plan appears to backfire when Gul Lemec reveals that he has information regarding the secret Federation mission.

On Celtris III, Picard, Worf and Beverly survive a difficult trek over the rocky, barren planet and finally arrive at their destination a sealed cavern. They devise a plan to break the seal and it goes off without a hitch. However, once inside, they find nothing there. Realizing the cavern is a trap, they run to make their escape just as several armed Cardassians attack them. Beverly and Worf escape, but Picard is kidnapped and returned to Cardassian leader Gul Madred, who informs him that he must answer all questions asked of him or he will die.

Production: 236
Season: 6 Episode: 10
Air Date: 12.14.1992
Stardate: 46357.4
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William 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
Natalija Nogulich as Admiral Nechayev
John Durbin as Gul Lemec
Lou Wagner as Solok
Ronny Cox has a unique distinction in the series. He is the only guest star who ever did a "captain's log" entry when his character was in charge of the Enterprise while Captain Picard was on a mission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                              
                  "Chain of Command, Part I" 
                          #40276-236 
                              
                           Story by 
                       Frank Abatemarco 
                              
                          Teleplay by 
                        Ronald D. Moore 
                              
                          Directed by 
                        Robert Scheerer 
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Reserved. This script is not for publication or
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lost or destroyed, please notify the Script Department.
                         FINAL DRAFT
                       OCTOBER 6, 1992
    STAR TREK: "Chain of Command, Part I" - 10/07/92 - CAST 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                  "Chain of Command, Part I" 
                             CAST                               
                              
                PICARD             NECHAYEV
                RIKER              JELLICO
                DATA               GUL LEMEC
                BEVERLY            MADRED
                TROI               SOLOK
                WORF               
                GEORDI             
                COMPUTER VOICE 
    
                Non-Speaking       Non-Speaking
                  N.D. CREWMEMBERS   N.D. ALIENS
                                     GLIN CORAK
                                     GLIN TAJOR
                                     SIX CARDASSIANS
    STAR TREK: "Chain of Command, Part I" - 10/06/92 - SETS 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                   "Chain of Command, Part I"
                       
                             SETS 
            INTERIORS                  EXTERIORS
          
            USS ENTERPRISE             USS ENTERPRISE
              MAIN BRIDGE
              CORRIDOR                 CAIRO
              ENGINEERING
              OBS. LOUNGE              CARDASSIAN SHIP
              PICARD'S QUARTERS
              READY ROOM               SHUTTLECRAFT
              SHUTTLECRAFT
              TEN FORWARD              CELTRIS THREE
              TRANSPORTER ROOM
              HOLODECK (CAVERNS)
          
              CAVERNS
                CAVE BOTTOM
                ENTRANCE
                INSTALLATION ENTRANCE
                LARGE CHAMBER
                LAVA TUBE
                PRECIPICE
          
              TORMAN BAR
STAR TREK: "Chain of Command, Part, I" - 10/07/92 - PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                  "Chain of Command, Part I" 
                     
                      PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 
                     ALYNNA        al-EE-ah-na
                     CELTRAN       sell-TRAN
                     CORAK         KOR-ack
                     LA BARRE      la BAR
                     LYNARS        LIE-nars
                     MADRED        muh-DRED
                     PITONS        PEE-tons
                     TAJOR         TAY-jor
                     TORMAN        TOR-man
                     NECHAYEV      NEH-che-yev
                     LEMEC         leh-MEK
                     SOLOK         soh-LOK
                     DAIMON        DAY-mon


 

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