Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 18

Allegiance

5
Aired Unknown Mar 26, 1990 on CBS
7.9
out of 10
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Stardate: 43714.1 Picard is secretly abducted and switched with an alien double. The crews' suspicions are raised when he starts exhibiting unusual behaviour. Meanwhile the real Picard must deal with three other prisoners in a series of bizarre tests.

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  • One of Trek's poorer mystery episodes.

    6.0
    This is a "mystery" story, with the main focus on the real Picard, trying to figure out why he has been captured. The B story, with the fake Picard, takes place on the ship and is simply there to lend some comedy and give the regular characters something to do. The end result is a filler, budget saving episode that doesn't have much to say and lacks a memorable payoff to the mystery.moreless
  • An episode that explores both the Picard we know, and the one we don't. Nice but not earthshattering.

    8.0
    It's unusual for both the A- and B-plots of an episode to center around the same character, but I suppose one has to make an exception for alien abductions.



    The plot with Picard and the three aliens is enjoyable but not great. It's the B-plot, with a slightly different clone, that really makes the episocde. You can tell that Patrick Steward enjoys playing the character in a different fashion. The romantic interaction with Beverly, the singing scene in Ten Forward, the hostile confrontation with Riker near the end - are a nice shift from Picard-business-as-usual.



    Interesting that we learn more about a character when he is not behaving like himself!moreless
  • If I could sum this episode up in a word, it would be "forgetable".

    4.3
    While traveling through an unnamed sector of Federation space, "Capt. Picard" is relaxing in his quarters when something with an unusual energy reading beams him off the ship. However, when "Worf" (Michael Dorn) and two security guards investigate, "Picard" answers the door to their surprise. But "Picard" also wakes in a room with three aliens, one of which appears after he wakes.



    Back on board the Enterprise, the crew begin to notice "Picard" is acting out of character and begin to question his mental status to the point of relieveing him of duty.



    Back where "Picard" is in what he now considers a prison, he learns of his cellmates: "Tholl" (Stephen Markel), a peace-loving "Mizarian"; "Haro" (Joycelyn O'Brien), an "Algolian" and Starfleet Academy cadet; and "Esoqq" (Reiner Schone), a beast-like member of the "Chalnoth" race. Each with extremely different personality traits.



    Confused yet?



    This episode is a failed attempt at character development of the "Picard" character. In the episode, Stewart plays two versions of "Picard" -- one of which is a double who has traits that the real Enterprise captain apparently does not, or does not show.



    Another bad point are the alien captors. Surely not even an alien can be that easily captured, though momentarily at the end of the episode, without realizing they are being setup.



    Now let's talk about the visuals of the episode. Specifically the cell the real "Picard" is in with the other prisoners. This is easily one of the cheapest sets in the entire history of the show -- and it shows. You can even tell this is a phony room with no ceiling (there are camera angles shooting down from the ceiling). The only good visuals in these scenes are the makeup of the alien prisoners rooming with "Picard", even though one has the worse set of dentures in the history of science-fiction.



    For being presented with a bad story surrounding his character, Stewart does put forth a pretty good performance in the episode. The scenes where, as the duplicate, he shows traits the "Picard" doesn't show are performed pretty well.



    The rest of the cast only do unusually fair performances in this episode. None of them help advance the storyline of the duplicate placed on the "Starship" by the aliens.



    This one is easily one of the most forgettable episodes in the show's seven years.moreless
  • Picard is secretly taken hostage. In his place a imposter that looks like Picard, but the personality is all wrong. Riker quickly catches on. Meanwhile Picard is in some observation room Picard and three other hostages try to escape, But get nowhere. Meanmoreless

    8.1
    Picard is secretly taken hostage. In his place a imposter that looks like Picard, but the personality is all wrong. Riker quickly catches on. Meanwhile Picard is in some observation room Picard and three other hostages try to escape, But get nowhere. Meanwhile back on the "Enterprise", the fake Picard puts the crew in risk of radation when he orders the ship to move in closer to a pulsar. Dumb move if you ask me. Don't worry Riker stands his ground and relieves the imposter of command. I rate this one a 8.4 for the great story plot.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

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