First Contact: ‘The Drumhead’ Season 4 Episode 21

Following a minor explosion in the warp core, a Klingon exchange officer is found to have been working with the Romulans and sending them classified information. However, he denies sabotaging the warp core. Suspecting a conspiracy on board, Starfleet sends the legendary Retired Admiral Norah Satie on board to investigate. While she and Picard work well together, soon she and her staff begin to use underhand tactics to gather intel, make unfounded accusations and create connections to imply guilt before opening up the interrogations to the public. When Picard objects, he is put on the stand, but can he make a big speech which stops the witch hunt while drawing parallels with history and our contemporary situation? You bet he can.

Listen to our previous episode, ‘Qpid’ here.