Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 21

The Drumhead

Aired Unknown Apr 29, 1991 on CBS

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  • great episode

    Episodes like these remind me why I love TNG so much. TNG is often subtle and this subtlety is played out beautifully here in this episode, "The Drumhead". Like all great TV (or movies or books or plays or whatever) the most important thing is the writing and the writing here, like all great writing, only states a fraction of what is really being communicated. The words spoken by the characters in this episode only represent one moment in the overall lives of these characters and therefore there is so much more to the actual true nature of each individual character. Picard's knowledge and devotion to justice, Worf's loyalty to Picard and the admiral's obsession in defending the federation all come to a head and what transpires is not what is stated by any of them, but instead what is communicated by all of them intrinsically. This episode dances with ambiguity and does so unapologetically. When the admiral questions Piccard's involvement with the Borg and when she questions his cloudy interactions with Romuleans, should we not question Piccard and his actions? Is she correct? Is she wrong, misinformed? Or is she right, though only half-way? Does Worf's loyalty to the captain wane? And if so, why? Has the captain done anything to allow Worf to be disloyal? Questions like these arise and often go unanswered. But questions like these are what make TNG great, they leave the viewer with wanting more and they leave the viewer left to wonder and think about the show long after it has ended.