Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 19

Heart of Glory (19 Mar. 1988)

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The Enterprise searches for answers as to why 3 Klingon warriors were the only survivors aboard a freighter just inside the neutral zone that was attacked by what seemed to be Ferengi ship.



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Episode cast overview:
Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
Wesley Crusher (credit only)
Charles Hyman ...
Lt. Konmel (as Charles H. Hyman)
David Froman ...
Robert Bauer ...
Brad Zerbst ...
Medical Technician
Dennis Madalone ...


The Enterprise responds to a disturbance in the neutral zone with reports of a possible Romulan attack on a Talerian freighter. There is debris in the area and the freighter has obviously suffered some damage. On board, they find 3 Klingons with one of them seriously injured. The survivors are not very forthcoming about what happened on their ship nor how three Klingon warriors even ended up on a space freighter. After the injured Klingon dies, the remaining two try to recruit Worf to their cause by appealing to his Klingon heritage and pride. They tell him they were looking for a new world where they could be true Klingons and that the debris the Enterprise found was actually that of a Klingon battle cruiser they fought and destroyed. The Enterprise soon comes into contact with a second Klingon cruiser that wants the renegades arrested and turned over to them. Written by garykmcd

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Klingon Glory Teaches Us of Different Cultures
23 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise runs into a suspicious Talarian ship and sends an 'away team' to check it out, including Geordi with a special visor recorder. Picard is fascinated with Geordi's visual acuity sensor, which allows the Enterprise to receive the same signals from Geordi's visor that Geordi receives.

But Geordi doesn't experience the same perceptive world we experience. Geordi is accustomed to filtering the flux and bombardment of his cluttered information while we experience a jumble of nonsense. (Never mind that Geordi has similar experiential networks in his mind as us and that his mind never evolved to interpret such information better than us.)

In any case, most of "Heart of Glory" (Season 1, Episode 19, Air Date 03/21/88, Star-date 41503.7) introduces Worf's cultural history and his interaction with two Klingons found in the Talarian ship. It's mainly an episode about anthropology and the Klingon ethos. It introduces the theme of a warrior ethos: the Klingon code of honor and glory.

The Klingon ethos reminds me of some of the values of heroes in ancient Greek epic poems, such as Achilles in Homer's "Iliad". Klingons are fierce fighters and believe glory is won on the battlefield (but the Greek heroes were more emotional and quick to fall into tears, which went out of style in our modern view of masculinity).

We learn some of the Klingon superstitions and their ethics. They will not take little girls hostage (since there is no honor in such an act). Times have changed and the two Klingons burn for traditional Klingon virtues. But Worf tries to teach his fellow Klingons that glory includes internal discipline, loyalty, and duty, not just courage on the battlefield.

This episode showcases the very thing the new "Star Trek" (2009) movie absolutely lacks in every way. It introduces a new species and then contrasts them with our own values, as a way to show that different races may have very different values and still be technologically and scientifically advanced. It doesn't humanize the Klingons and turn them into cuddly emotional human mirrors (like "star Trek" does to the Vulcans); it forces us to tolerate different values, different cultures, and different races or face the genealogy of our ugly prejudices (and their ugly history).

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