Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 21

Firstborn (23 Apr. 1994)

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In an effort to help him accept his Klingon heritage, Worf and his son, Alexander, attend an ancient Klingon ceremony.



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Worf is worried when his pre-teen son Alexander, at the age to commit to becoming a warrior, refuses the ceremony. Picard grants him a visit to a Klingon outpost, where the boy gets a taste for Klingon fight training. They also become the target of a murder attempt, which K'Mtar, a trusted adviser of Worf's House, ascribes to the surviving sisters of the House of Duras, who are tracked down, involved in illegal mining, but deny and suggest a mystery killer. K'Mtar fails to convince Alexander or Worf that the boy should enroll in a Klingon school to get rid of his human moralism. The truth is about a spectacular assumed identity. Written by KGF Vissers

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Armin Shimerman makes his first (and only) TNG guest-appearance as Quark in this episode. It is actually his fourth appearance in TNG. He previously played other Ferengi characters in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Last Outpost (1987) and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Peak Performance (1989), and a Betazoid Gift-Box in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Haven (1987). He would also appear as Quark in Star Trek: Voyager: Caretaker (1995), and in a scene cut from Star Trek: Insurrection (1998). See more »


Riker mentions bio-metic gel, the correct name is bio-mimetic gel. See more »


[first lines]
Lieutenant Worf: As time passes, a boy inevitably becomes a man. But what is not inevitable is that a man become a warrior. A warrior must be forged like a sword, tempered by... by...
Lieutenant Worf: [remembers] Tempered by experience.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Sort of Interesting Klingon Stuff
17 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Worf seems to never have made a commitment to his role as security officer. He has exhibited great distress over his connection to his son, who looks totally Klington but is pretty much basking in his white genes. He is a resistant little guy and Worf has designs for him to be a warrior. As the episode moves along, Alexander begins to become enthralled with Klingon stuff, but when push comes to shove, he moves back to his less aggressive self. This whole warrior thing and dying with honor seems sort of archaic, almost mythological in scope. A stranger enters the lives of the two and begins to bang the drum for Alexander to embrace his Klingon being, even suggesting that he go to a Klingon prep school (I wonder if they wear blazers). There is much more to this, however, and it ends on an interesting note. We also get to see the tussle between Worf's warrior side and the tender side of his role as father.

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