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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The first time a POV from Geordi LaForge's visor is seen. See more »


When Worf addresses the Klingon captain on the bridge, a mic can been seen in the top of the screen. See more »


Captain Korris: I do not wish to anger you. We are, after all, brothers, lost among infidels.
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Heart of Glory
20 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Heart of Glory" really feels like the beginning of how The Next Generation will incorporate the 24th Century Klingons into the Star Trek Universe and I couldn't think of a better way to explore and define the Worf character than with this superb episode. Three Klingon warriors are found on board a rapidly deteriorating Talarian freighter, a ship that suffered extensive damage after a major battle. After a hair-raising transportation that nearly saw away team members Riker, Data, and Geordi (testing out a new visual device which would allow Picard and the Bridge to see "through his eyes" while on missions away from the Enterprise) almost perish as the interference of emanating deutronium gas disrupted the ability of transporting them, Worf spends time with two of the Klingons (the third, in bad condition, dies from his injuries) and begins to find a connection with their warrior spirits, in turn, coming closer to understanding his heritage, not to mention, the fire that burns within. This episode really informs not only the viewer but the Enterprise crew (Picard, Riker, etc) of the Klingon way; they are the first humans to actually see the Klingon Death Oath (basically a growl to the heavens informing the dead that a Klingon warrior is about to enter). Honor, loyalty, respect, and duty are applicable Klingon traits, but Worf must confront his brothers of how they lost their sight of what it truly is to be a Klingon, when using the freighter, they tricked a Klingon ship into letting down their shields, firing upon them, destroying them. This will be an ongoing theme, Worf's uneasy relations with his Klingon brethren who have a hard time with his being a Federation officer. Considered weak and puny like the humans, Worf, time and again, must prove his meddle, often resulting in an internal struggle, torn between sides, his people and the Federation. Because of this, The Next Generation provided some great storytelling. The dialogue between Worf and Captain Korris (a formidable Vaughn Armstrong, who instills a pride and unyielding desire in his character to live, breathe, and die as his warrior ancestors once did) is the heart and soul of this emotionally stirring episode. I imagine "Heart of Glory" is a key fan favorite of those who love the Klingon character and their history as defined by Star Trek. The tension of the Klingon and Federation relations is quite visible here, such as when Picard seems almost offended by a Klingon Commander's offer to help him capture Korris, who has escaped confinement from Security and is loose on the Enterprise. One of the most memorable scenes I imagine is when Worf leaves his Bridge crew stunned at a potential acceptance of an offer by the Klingon Commander to join him once his time with the Federation is complete.

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