Star Trek: The Next Generation

“Chain of Command, Part II”

Episode Number137 (6.11)
Production Number237
Original Airdate28-Dec-1992
StoryFrank Abatemarco
TeleplayRonald D. Moore
DirectorRobert Scheerer
Gul Madred asks Picard how many lights he sees

While Picard is tortured by his Cardassian captors, Captain Jellico infuriates the crew with his callous behavior and endangers the Enterprise by planning a first strike on the Cardassians.

Guest Cast

David Warner (Gul Madred)
Ronny Cox (Capt. Edward Jellico)
John Durbin (Gul Lemec)
Heather Lauren Olson (Jil Orra)
Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

  • The Cardassians are interested in the Minos Korva system. The Cardassians tried to annex the system during the war.
  • This episode results in the signing of the Federation-Cardassian Armistice, which creates the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a buffer between Federation and Cardassian space.
  • Riker's quarters are on Deck 9, Room 0912.
  • Patrick Stewart's performance in this episode prompted the producers to lobby for an Emmy nomination, including a full-page ad in Variety. Unfortunately, the Academy continued to overlook the show, with the exception of the technical categories.
  • David Warner (Gul Madred) also played Talbot in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Klingon Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.