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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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Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Dr. Beverly Crusher
Colin Mitchell ...
Michael Danek ...


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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23 April 1994 (USA)  »

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One of many appearances from James Sloyan. As well as playing a Romulan in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Defector (1990), he appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Alternate (1994) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Begotten (1997) as the Bajoran scientist Dr. Mora Pol. He also appeared in Star Trek: Voyager: Jetrel (1995) as the eponymous Haakonian scientist. 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: Past Prologue (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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One of the weaker Worf episodes.
6 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

I was not thrilled by this episode--and this might be because I am a huge fan of Worf and so I tend to expect more from these shows. I almost always love episodes that focus on him (after all, what other member of the crew murdered someone in revenge and got away with it?!) but this one has a few problems--most likely the crazy twist at the end.

The show begins with Worf at wits end because Alexander is not a demented maniacal warrior like a good Klingon should be. When Picard hears about it, he recommends that Worf take his son to a nearby planet for a Klingon holiday celebration. Once there, Worf is nearly killed and he is saved by a family friend (sort of like Robert Duvall's relationship to the Corleone family). This guy sees Worf is upset about Alexander and tries to help the boy rise above common sense and cling to his berserker-like Klingon roots.

This isn't a bad episode...just the ending. See it...see what this dopey twist is and how quickly Worf just accepts this!

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