Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 17

Rules of Engagement (8 Apr. 1996)

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When Worf destroys a civilian shuttle during an engagement with the Klingons, an extradition hearing is held to see if he must face charges.

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The Klingon Empire has asked the Federation to extradite Worf for murder. Worf commanded the Defiant which was guarding a Cardassian convoy offering medical aid to the Pentath colony. The convoy was attacked by the Klingons and in the heat of battle Worf gave the order to fire on a decloaking ship. It was a civilian transport, 441 Klingons died. The Klingon advocate Ch'Pok is trying to prove to admiral T'Lara in a hearing that Worf's bloodlust took over. Ch'Pok has a hidden agenda and he openly admits it. The Klingons see this as the perfect opportunity to gain sympathy and weaken the Federation. Captain Sisko is defending Worf and asks Odo to try to find out why the civilian transport joined the battle. Sisko's defense in the meantime is not going well. With every witness Ch'Pok's reasoning seems more and more plausible. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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More biographical details of Chief O'Brien emerge: By this episode he has been in Starfleet for 22 years, has been in 235 combat situations, and has been decorated 15 times. See more »

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During Worf's trial, Captain Sisko starts with 4 rank pips on his uniform, but in subsequent shots, only 3 pips are present. (This is not only a continuity error, but a factual error too: Sisko is indeed a captain.) See more »

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Captain Sisko: You made a military decision, to protect your ship and crew. But you're a Starfleet officer, Worf. We don't put civilians at risk or even potentially at risk to save ourselves. Sometimes that means we lose the battle, and sometimes our lives. But if you can't make that choice, then you can't wear that uniform.
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Those Klingons can be tricky jerks!
2 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In a recent humanitarian mission, Worf commanded the Defiant and was responsible for destroying a Klingon vessel that de-cloaked in the Pentath system. Now a Klingon prosecutor, Ch'Pok (Ron Canada) has arrived on DS9--looking to prosecute Worf for his heinous act. Admiral T'lara will preside over a tribunal, Ch'Pok will prosecute and Captain Sisko will defend Worf. However, there is far more to the case--and Ch'Pok freely admits outside of court that he doesn't care if Worf is guilty or not!

This is an odd episode in that this is the only plot. Usually, shows have two concurrent plots--but not this one. Overall it's well worth seeing and shows a tricky side of the Klingons that seems very unusual to say the least!


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