Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 13

Devil's Due

Aired Unknown Feb 04, 1991 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Stardate: 44474.5 The crew of the Enterprise must defend the planet Ventax from a mythological Devil who re-appears when a 1,000 year long era of peace comes to an end.

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    .... "Devil's Due" isn't as clever, thoughtful or fun as the writers apparently thought it would be. The basic crux of the plot is that a being, Ardra, returns to a planet that she claims she has a contract with to rule after one thousand years. She proves her authenticity by creating earthquakes and shape-shifting but leaves Cpt. Picard cynical and unimpressed. Now it's up to Picard and the Enterprise to figure out how to save the planet from her evil grip.

    The character of Ardra (played adequately by Marta DuBois) was meant to come back in future episodes to bug Picard and the Enterprise some more, as clearly seen through the episode's ending. However, since the character was not interesting in the least and bordered on annoying, she never did return to the show. "Devil's Due" is preachy and predictable; hardly one of the stronger episodes of Season 4 let alone the entire TNG series. Thankfully this has a number of funny scenes and impressive moments from Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner (regrettably not his Ebenezer Scrooge) or "Devils Due" would be a Season 4 write-off.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Despite the fact that in TOS the Klingons claimed they have no "devil," Ardra transforms herself into the Klingon version of the devil here.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Picard: Very well done, Data. Your performance skills really are improving.
      Data: Your courtesy is appreciated, sir, but I am aware that I do not effectively convey the fear called for in the story.
      Picard: Well, you've never known fear, Data, but as an acute observer of behavior, you should be able to approximate it.
      Data: Sir, that is not an appropriate basis for an effective performance - not by the standards set by my mentors.
      Picard: Your mentors?
      Data: Yes, sir. I have studied the philosophies of virtually every known acting master. I find myself attracted to Stanislavsky, Adler, Garnov, proponents of an acting technique known as "the method."
      Picard: Method acting, huh? I'm vaguely familiar with it but why would you choose such an old-fashioned approach?
      Data: Perhaps because the technique requires an actor to seek his own emotional awareness, to understand the character he plays.
      Picard: But surely that's an impossible task for you, Data?
      Data: Sir, I have modified the method for my own uses. Since I have no emotional awareness to create a performance, I am attempting to use performance to create emotional awareness. I believe if I can learn to duplicate the fear of Ebenezer Scrooge, I will be one step closer to truly understanding humanity. (The comm sounds)
      Riker: (Over comm) Captain Picard, please report to the Bridge. (Picard taps his comm badge)
      Picard: On my way, Number One. (to Data) Data, the moment you decided to stop imitating other actors and create your own interpretation, you were already one step closer to understanding humanity.

    • Data: The advocate will refrain from expressing personal affections for her opponent.

    • Picard: Mr. LaForge, my reputation as a litigator, not to mention my immortal soul, is in serious jeopardy.

    • Data: The advocate will refrain from making her opponent disappear.

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