Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 13

Homeward (15 Jan. 1994)

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In an effort to preserve a race of people on a planet being bombarded by storms that would kill them, Worf's foster brother violates the Prime Directive, leaving the Enterprise crew in a difficult position.



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The Enterprise answers a distress call from Worf's older, willful foster-brother Dr. Nikolai Rozhenko (cultural observer on Barral 2), about sudden atmospheric dissipation which may render the Enterprise inhabitable in hours. In Picard's failed attempt to stop the apocalyptic phenomenon and save the primitive culture, he broke the Federation's prime directive of non-intervention in natural development. Worf is furious to discover that Nicolai has secretly transported a village to their simulation of caves inside the holodeck, but Picard grudgingly accepts his plan to transport them to a comparable M-class planet as new home. However Gordie has a hard time keeping the holodeck running because of plasmodic interference-caused damage, so Worf joins Nicolai as 'seer' with supernatural powers, and discovers Nicolai has another close tie with a Borallan. Written by KGF Vissers

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The stardate for this episode (47423.9) places it before the events of the previous episode, Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Pegasus (1994) (stardate 47457.1). See more »


Dr. Nikolai Rozhenko: I wasn't going to let those people die just because your Captain started quoting Federation dogma to me.
Lieutenant Worf: Your duty was to respect the Captain's orders and to uphold the Prime Directive.
Dr. Nikolai Rozhenko: Duty. That's all that really matters to you, isn't it? Well, I refuse to be bound by an abstraction.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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More of Worf's family revealed.
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ST:TNG:165 - "Homeward" (Stardate: 47423.9) - this is the 13th episode of the 7th and last season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In another episode that delves into Worf's family, we meet his human brother Nikolai Rozhenko (played by the great actor Paul Sorvino). The Enterprise responds to an emergency distress call from Worf's brother who is stationed on Boraal II, a planet whose atmosphere was rapidly deteriorating and will soon disappear.

While Nikolai pleas with Picard to save the people down there, the captain says they can't do anything because of the Prime Directive. However, the rebellious Nikolai countermands the captain's orders and transport the people to the Holodeck in a bold plan to take them on a "journey" to a new place where they can live (aka, a new hospitable planet), without them ever knowing they left their own planet. It is Nikolai and Worf who will lead them.

The plan seems to work except for one Boraalin who discovers the Holodeck Door and finds himself on the Enterprise. Because Dr. Crusher can't erase his memory, this leaves the Enterprise crew in a conundrum. To top that, Nikolai has another "little" surprise up his sleeve.

Find out what happens in this thought-provoking episode.

Trivia note: Worf hasn't seen his brother in 4 years (presumably since the 4th season episode "Family" when Worf visited his human parents on Earth). Penny Johnson also stars as one of the Boraalins (she will later play Sisko's love interest Kasidy Yates in the "Deep Space Nine" series).

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