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Star Trek episode reviews: Devil’s Due and Clues

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Devil’s Due

It’s been over a month, but I’ve got two more episode reviews finished. These are episodes 13 and 14 from season four, Devil’s Due and Clues. I’d say overall they’re of a roughly equal caliber, which is middle of the road.

Devil’s Due is about a planet that’s gone nuts because their version of the Devil has returned to enslave them all. She’s a pretty hot looking devil, sure, but enslavement isn’t so good, right? The Enterprise is just there to pick up the people running the Federation science station, but then Picard gets a bee in his bonnet about debunking her, we’re along for the ride as they go for each other.

What may blow your mind here is that this is the single most-watched episode of TNG up to this point. Not even the pilot got ratings as high as this one! Want my theory on why? Click here to check out my full review and I’ll tell you.

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Uh, Clues. Not to be redundant.

Clues begins with the Enterprise being sucked into a wormhole, the entire crew getting knocked out except Data. They were only out for 30 seconds he says, but more and more “clues” point to it being a whole lot longer than that. What happened? Why would Data cover it up? The mystery builds until all is revealed in the fairly disappointing climax of an otherwise enjoyable episode.

What you probably don’t know about this episode is that the script was written by a Trek fan. He submitted it, Michael Piller liked it and had Joe Menosky punch it up a bit. Kinda makes me wish I’d taken a shot at a script myself, even though I was only a teenager at the time. Click here to check out to read my full review and tell me what your thoughts are.

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