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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Episode cast overview:
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Tarrana (as Susan Christy)


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 second time Michael Dorn appears in a Star Trek production without his Klingon makeup. See also Star Trek: The Next Generation: Captain's Holiday (1990) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Far Beyond the Stars (1998). 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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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Pen Pals (1989) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Bad Writing
14 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is full of suppositions, plot holes, and really bad writing.

We meet Nikolai, Worf's foster-brother, the son of his Russian foster parents who we have met before and who also currently raising Alexander. When Nikolai introduces Worf to the village he tells them that Worf is his brother. Yet none of these suspicious people were chiming in with " well, why is your skin different colors then?" Yet later we are to believe the one guy is a little TOO inquisitive and finds his way onto the Enterprise. mmmmhmm. UNLESS they are an alien race that skin color is variable upon birth. There seemed to be wide demographic makeup in the village to support this theory.

Then they come back and get un-surgeried, only to turn around and be ordered back INTO surgery to get facially altered AGAIN within hours. Geez. If it's that easy why doesn't everyone look like supermodels? They could have made Dr. Polaski sexy?

They should have never been tricked by Nikolai in the first place... for many reasons. A:The crew is experienced, they have dealt with ferengi and Q alike. What's this one man compared to that? B. His intent was obvious to anyone and he had a motive which he displayed openly. C. Deanna Troi would detect his intent in about a nanosecond. D. Even through the convenient "interference" they would have detected that the transporters were being used - they have logs for a reason. E. Who operated those transporters? A civilian scientist who doesn't know his way around the ship, or that it had a "new" holodeck, one who failed out of the Academy in the first year. Hardly good enough to make such precise calculations to aim all of them into the holodeck unbeknownst to them. And how would he know when they were all asleep anyway?

Later the Captain is informed that they have to hurry because the holodeck is losing stability. Why not fix the other holodecks and transport them over in their sleep or whatever?

Then they just let him go? Why not make him stand charges as a civilian? They do have laws about that for civilians I'm sure too. It was never even discussed only that "You're career is over!" We can't have civvies going around and changing the universe whenever they feel like can we? Treating the prime directive like a suggestion? Rule of thumb? Wives' tale?

There was one funny moment in this episode and that was when that woman told Worf they should be family because she is pregnant with his brother's baby. His reaction is HILARIOUS.

There was just too many conveniently lined up variables that make up this craptastic episode all created by the writer/s. All to further some really inconsistent and bad writing and squeeze another one out before the finale. You may actually find yourself making fart noises while you watch this episode. (In the end when they pretend they are brothers who reconciled. lol.)

With the series coming to a close you think they wouldn't waste time filming a stinker like this one. 5/10 (hey it's still TNG)

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