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The Enterprise responds to a distress call from Ventax II. The planet is in chaos as the return of their "devil" is imminent...
An episode about ones fears, starting off with Data portraying Scrooge on the holodeck to an impressed Picard. Ardra was an interesting villian-of-the-week, not the usual stock standard enemy that the Enterprise encounters... but someone that dresses up standard tech to make it appear that she is all knowing and all powerful.

I loved Picard's drive to expose her as a fraud, and their admiration for the art of the con. And then there was the moment Ardra beamed Picard down to the planet in his PJ's. Data's emotionless responses to Ardra's outbursts in the arbitration provided more light heartedness to this ep as well.

When Picard took over the powers, I love that he chose clicking his fingers (a homage to Q.)
Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard
Jonathon Frakes
as Commander Riker
Gates McFadden
as Doctor Crusher
Brent Spiner
as Lt. Commander Data
LeVar Burton
as Lt. Commander LaForge
Michael Dorn
as Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis
as Counselor Troi
Guest Cast:
Marta Dubois
Paul Lambert
Marcelo Tubert

Teleplay By:
Philip Lazebnik

Story By:
Philip Lazebnik
William Douglas Lansford
Directed By:
Tom Benko
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