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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Episode uses classic film-noir plot device of having witnesses flashback and give their testimony as if they were third-party observers of the events they are testifying to. 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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Worf on trial
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After an indecent when a Klingon civilian vessel is destroyed after decloaking in the middle of a battle the Klingons want to extradite Worf who was in command of the Defiant at the time. At his hearing his friends and colleagues are called to give evidence but the more evidence we hear the more it seems that Worf lost control in the heat of battle. While the hearing is going on Captain Sisko has asked Odo to use his contacts in the Klingon Empire to see if he can find any possible motive for the Klingon ship to have deliberately decloaked in the middle of a battle.

This was a decent episode and Ron Canada did a good job as Ch'Pok, the Klingon advocate seeking Worf's extradition. In an break from the usual for the series we the people giving evidence explain what happened while we see a flashback of the events; so, for example, we see Dax giving evidence while she is engaged in combat training with Worf. While it was eventually revealed to be a Klingon plot to discredit Worf and the Federation it was nice to see that Sisko still reprimanded Worf; after all it could easily have been a genuine civilian vessel he destroyed.


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