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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Worf: I have accepted the crew's battle records, and on their behalf I pledge you our lives and ask that you lead us as Commander of this ship.
Martok: I accept your lives into my hands.
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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When General Martok is given command of a bird of prey and ordered to investigate the disappearance of another Klingon ship near the Cardassian border. He invites Worf to join him as his first officer, Dax also joins the crew as the ship's science officer which doesn't please Worf too much. Once on board it becomes clear that that their is a severe moral crisis; they have been up against the Jem'Hadar several times but have never won. It doesn't help that Martok isn't keen to engage the enemy and when they find the lost ship he decides not to attempt to rescue the crew as the ship has drifted across the border. Realising that the crew is on the point of mutiny Worf challenges Martok for control of the ship; he loses deliberately but the taste of combat shows Martok what he needs to do and by the time they are back at DS9 they are covered in glory.

This was a good episode, given that it was centred on a Klingon ship it came as quite a surprise that the leading character turned out to be Dax, she noticed the problems amongst the crew and alerted Worf, she even threw a Klingon out of the chair she wanted to sit in to show that she was capable of following Klingon traditions as well as those of Star Fleet... in fact I got the impression that she preferred them. Terry Farrell was great in the role, Michael Dorn also put in a fine performance as Worf.

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