[TNG] The Drumhead

[TNG] Season 4, Episode 21: The Drumhead

the drumhead

Rating: 3

“The Drumhead” is one of the more straight forward trial episodes of Trek, both in theme and plot, but it’s well made and entertaining, hitting all the satisfying notes we’d expect from the genre. The McCarthyism connections are extremely direct, which we’d usually hold against an episode like this, but it provides us with fantastic scenes of Picard standing up for what’s right, and we’re total suckers for that.

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Notes:

Jean Simmons, the lead singer of KISS, is an admiral

Jean Simmons, the lead singer of KISS, is an admiral.

They uncover a Klingon that's collaborating with the Romulans!

They uncover a Klingon that’s collaborating with the Romulans!

They don't think the Klingon was alone, so they question this guy

They don’t think the Klingon was alone, so they question this poor guy.

He says he's a little bit Vulcan

He says he’s a ‘lil bit Vulcan.

But then the admiral's Betazoid friend says he's lying and scared

But then the admiral’s Betazoid friend says he’s lying and scared.

Geordi points at a thing to show that the sabotage was just a malfunction

Geordi points at a thing to show that the sabotage was just a malfunction.

They find out that this guy lied on his starfleet aplication, and that he's really part Romulan!

They find out that this guy lied on his starfleet application, and that he’s really part Romulan! The other ones with pointy ears!

Picard thinks things are getting out of hand with the accusations and investigation. Jean Simmons is just getting started though

Picard thinks things are getting out of hand with the accusations and investigation. Jean Simmons is just getting started though.

They question Picard, about how he has broken the prime directive 9 times, and let a Romulan spy get away in that other episode

They question Picard, about how he has broken the prime directive 9 times, and let a Romulan spy get away in that other episode.

Picard is cool though

You don’t try to take on Picard in a trial episode. It’s kind of his thing.

He uses a quote by Jean simmon's father, which puts her on edge

While Picard tells everybody what’s what he uses a quote from Jean Simmon’s father, which makes Simmon’s get crazy and HUMILIATE herself.

You don't just go trying to take down Picard in a trial episode.

Everyone’s had enough of her shenanigans.

 

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