Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 13

Devil's Due

Aired Unknown Feb 04, 1991 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • In the episode teaser, Data and Picard discuss Data's acting technique. Data says he studied "Stanislavsky, Adler, Garnav, proponents of an acting technique known as The Method." This is inaccurate. Stanislavky's System was the first Western acting technique to invoke the actor's emotional experience and subconscious behavior. It was his student, Strasberg, who modified his original ideas into what is now known as "The Method."

    • 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

    • 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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