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"The Drumhead"

trekhed68

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Report this Aug. 04 2009, 10:39 am

So I'm sitting on the sofa with my fiancee last night. We're watching TNG on SyFy, and the next-to-last episode of the night is season four's "The Drumhead" (click here for full synopsis), which IMHO, stands out as one of the series' best. As I was sitting there watching the story unfold, I couldn't help but be struck by the parallels between between the investigation of Simon Tarses, a medical technician who lied about his Romulan background in order to join Starfleet, and the hysteria that took hold in the U.S. following the 9/11 terror attacks. In both cases, a legitimate concern for security devolved into a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat (to borrow a memorable phrase from TV scribe Rod Serling).

In fact, the only difference I can detect is that in "The Drumhead," a deeply principled man (Picard) took a stand against Admiral Satie's witch hunt and put a stop to it, while our witch hunt continues into the foreseeable future with military tribunals, preventive detentions, warrantless wiretapping, and a host of other policies that the Norah Saties of our world would surely approve of. Which leads me to ask: Where's Jean-Luc Picard when we need him?

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Report this Aug. 04 2009, 12:16 pm

One of my favorites!! The chemistry between Picard and Satie is palpable.

WedgeBob

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Report this Aug. 04 2009, 6:00 pm

A pretty good episode, but certainly not what I call the best that TNG had to offer.  I believe the best ep from Syfy yesterday had to be Qpid, certainly was a lot more fun watching that one...

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Report this Aug. 04 2009, 7:57 pm

I really like this episode. Satie's mistake was handing Picard his soapbox. From then on, GAME OVER!

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Report this Aug. 04 2009, 11:11 pm

A brilliant episode with a fantastic Picard speech.

ENT567

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Report this Aug. 06 2009, 7:53 am

It's an ok episode. Maybe not really a sci-fi subject. And that Admiral's "nervous breakdown", when she let her feelings out, seems a bit farfetched.

DarthRage

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Report this Aug. 06 2009, 8:55 am

And the admiral they brought in, name escapes me, the one in charge of security, he was a chatty cathy wasn't he? He didn't utter a single word. I would liked to have him walk over to Satie and slapp her face, then walk out.

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Report this Aug. 06 2009, 1:06 pm

It's not my favorite but still a good one.

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Report this Aug. 06 2009, 1:19 pm

This was one of those episodes that TNG was so great at. Courtroom drama and a great Picard speech at the end. Satie gets owned at the end. I didn't like her or her weird accent.

CornishMonkey

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Report this Aug. 06 2009, 7:44 pm

Quote (subytrek @ Aug. 06 2009, 6:19 pm)
This was one of those episodes that TNG was so great at. Courtroom drama and a great Picard speech at the end. Satie gets owned at the end. I didn't like her or her weird accent.

She is from Britland! She talks correctly by default. :logical:

subytrek

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Report this Aug. 06 2009, 7:52 pm

She even had a weird accent for a Brit. It was like she had a lisp or something.

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Report this Aug. 06 2009, 9:34 pm

I like the old Oh Noes rant at the end of the episode when PIcard pushes over the edge... epic!

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Report this Aug. 06 2009, 9:47 pm

The Drumhead was one of the best TNG episodes.  It really was the first episodes that suggested that not all humans are perfect.

CornishMonkey

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Report this Aug. 07 2009, 4:55 am

Quote (subytrek @ Aug. 07 2009, 12:52 am)
She even had a weird accent for a Brit. It was like she had a lisp or something.

Lisps are not accents, are they?

WedgeBob

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Report this Aug. 07 2009, 6:42 am

If you want courtroom drama, I'd look at that episode where Data was asked to be judge between Picard and that one girl that talked about a contract on that paradise planet...  What was that episode again?

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