When the Federation promotes an officer exchange program, Commander Riker decides to accept an assignment aboard a Klingon war ship. As the first Federation officer to serve aboard a ...
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When the Federation promotes an officer exchange program, Commander Riker decides to accept an assignment aboard a Klingon war ship. As the first Federation officer to serve aboard a Klingon vessel, Riker has to gain the trust of his new shipmates and particularly that of his irascible captain. As part of the same exchange program, the Enterprise welcomes aboard Ensign Mendon from a culture that is forever seeking to improve operational efficiency. When he discovers a bacteria attacking the integrity of the ship's hull, he searches for a solution on his own rather than reporting it. When the same bacteria affects the Klingon ship, its Captain believes the Enterprise is responsible and orders an attack. Written by
Picard tell Ensign Mendon the Enterprise uses a chain of command system and he should report to Lt. Worf. But Worf is wearing an Operations uniform and Mendin wears a Science uniform, so they would not be in the same chain of command. See more »
[Riker is caught off guard when offered with a dish of live gagh]
Would you like something easier?
Commander William T. Riker:
Yes. If Klingon food is too strong for you, perhaps we could get one of the females to... breast-feed you.
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I have always thought that seeing a series or at least a few episodes of "Star Trek" from the viewpoint of a Klingon crew would be great. In other words, show the adventures of the Klingons as they explore space! It cannot consist only of killing everything they meet and could prove fascinating with its various possibilities. Much of my desire to see this was spurred on by "A Matter of Honor"--an interesting episode that briefly gives you a glimpse of what it would be like aboard such a vessel.
When the show begins, you learn that some new crew members from an exchange program are arriving. One looks just like Mordock from "Coming of Age" and this character is played by the same actor (John Putch). But, unlike Mordock, this guy is an arrogant know-it-all. In addition, an exchange program with the Klingons has been arranged and Riker volunteers to serve aboard one of their battle cruisers. Sadly, though, he is a series regular and you know this assignment probably will last no longer than the episode.
Watching Riker getting along with his new Klingon pals is priceless. What also is interesting is that Riker's new-found bromance with these folks is brought to a huge test when the captain of the vessel believes that they've been attacked by the Enterprise...and he plans on making an attack of his own. What is Riker to do?
This is one of the better shows of season two and helps to show that the series was improving as it progressed. Season one was a bit too cerebral and slow--season two was off to a better start. Well worth seeing and very exciting.
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