Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 5, Episode 21

Soldiers of the Empire (28 Apr. 1997)

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Dax and Worf accompany Martok on his first command since being held by the Dominion. But the ship they are given hasn't seen victory in months and the crew is near mutinous.



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Dax and Worf accompany Martok on his first command since being held by the Dominion. But the ship they are given hasn't seen victory in months and the crew is near mutinous.

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Martok: [of the Jem'Hadar] They're soulless creatures, Worf. Fighting for no goal or purpose except to serve the Founders. They take no pleasure in what they do, nothing is glorified, nothing affirmed. To the Jem'Hadar, we are nothing more than, than targets to be destroyed! I must not let them destroy us, Worf...
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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This is an Episode of "Star Trek: Klingon" as it takes place almost wholly on the Ro'Tarran, a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. But there is trouble brewing on this little ship - They've been getting their butts kicked by the Jem Ha'Dar and they have not had a victory for a long time.

General Martok is the leader of the 9th Fleet based out of Deep Space Nine. As good a general as he is, he had been a prisoner of the Jem Ha'Dar for two years while his Doppelganger set the Empire on a War-Tangent.

Martok was rescued by Worf and Garak in the excellent two-parter "In Purgatory's Shadow/By Inferno's Light," but this is the first Command given to Martok after that harrowing experience which they narrowly escaped. Is he up to it?

Worf agrees to be Martok's first officer, and Jadzia-Dax tags along, as science officer. As good a Klingon Worf is, he does not recognize the danger signals brewing on the Ro'Tarran, it takes Dax to confront him with it, and now it is up to Worf to Assassinate Martok if Martok cannot command the ship. Can he do it, and will he do it?

This was an excellent look into Life on a Klingon Ship. We saw a little of this in the Season 2 Next Generation Episode "A Matter of Honour" and a little more when Worf and Kurn pilot a Bird of Prey in "Redemption" and Kurn kills a flock of Bird of Prey using a sun.

But those were just quick glimpses of Klingon Ships: We never got any elongated visits to a Klingon Bridge. Here, we begin as Worf accepts the Ro'Tarran's Battle Record and we stay on The Ro'Tarran while Worf and Dax learn to deal with the low spirits of the Ro'Tarran crew.

Dax as Curzon was an "expert" in all things Klingon, Jadzia claims she has nothing but a passing interest. But here, it is shown she may as well have a bumpy forehead rather than Trill Spots, because she blends right in with the Ro'Tarran crew. She was the one who showed Worf the trouble the crew was in, and Worf eventually makes a decision designed to ultimately get Martok off of his passive bIng pItlh and into Battle!

Worf succeeds brilliantly. Martok initially thinks Worf is a Traitorous Patak, but in pItlh-sight, realizes that Worf had given him incentive to properly command his Ship.

Martok joins Worf to his own house in gratitude for this.

This episode gives us something we had never before seen in Trek: Life on a Klingon Ship. This was done so well here, a show could have been designed around it.

As Deep Space Nine progressed, we got to see several more shows which took place on The Ro'Tarran: Tough Little Ship. This episode also is another first: Sandra Nelson as "Tavana" is the first Red-Haired Klingon Woman ever seen.

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