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A Matter of Honor 

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 ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lt. Geordi La Forge (credit only)
Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
Lt. Commander Data
Christopher Collins ...
Chief Miles O'Brien
Laura Drake ...


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 garykmcd

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4 February 1989 (USA)  »

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The only episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), as well as the first episode in any Star Trek series to contain subtitles. Subtitles in a Star Trek series would be used again in Star Trek: Voyager: Tattoo (1995) and, more prominently, in Star Trek: Enterprise (2001). See more »


When the Klingon captain is beamed onto the Enterprise bridge, he reaches for a weapon. Worf phase-stuns him while Data acts to shield Captain Picard. The crew's behavior is unnecessary as the transporter can detect and disarm weaponry. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: It is different.
Lieutenant Worf: Many things will be different.
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Featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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How Could They Keep the Klingons Under Control?
6 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Federation has encouraged its starships to participate in an "exchange" program. As part of a multi-cultural thing, a group of aliens comes on board the Enterprise. They are eager, and one in particular, a Benzite, like the one who beat Wesley out of a position at the Academy, becomes a bit of a nuisance. A combination of scientific ability and sycophancy make this character intriguing. Like his predecessor, his existence requires him to breath vapors emanating from a tray under his chin. When Picard talks to Number One, asking if he could suggest a crewman to go on board a Klingon ship for the exchange, Riker quickly jumps at the chance. Worf helps prepare him a bit and there is a scene of the Commander eating all manner of Klingon food, including a bowl of worms. It's interesting that not only are these guys the bad boys of the universe, but they eat absolutely nothing conventional (as far as the crew goes). Because they are disgusting, their food must be also. Anyway, Riker must face off against the aggressive, dangerous Klingons to gain status on the ship. Because of his rank in Starfleet, he assumes his same role on board the new ship. There is trouble, of course, because these warlike characters see him as trying to subvert their ship. They will not listen to reason and Riker must act. These Klingon episode always make me wonder how they managed to do rudimentary things on a day to day basis if they spend so much time killing an maiming each other. This "dying with honor" thing still involves dying, a seemingly counterproductive activity. The episode does a good job of showing us the ship, and Riker is a worthy match for its crew.

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