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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Scenes were filmed outdoors in the Bronson Caves area of Griffith Park at the time of wild fires which occurred there in November, 1993. As a result, cast and crew had to be evacuated for a brief time, which resulted in a reshuffling of the filming schedule, but no props or filming equipment were lost to the fire. See more »


Dr. Nikolai Rozhenko: The village will need a new chronicle. Someone has to begin it. My child will need a father. My place is here. I'm finally taking responsibility.
Lieutenant Worf: You were never good at drawing. How will you keep a chronicle?
Dr. Nikolai Rozhenko: I learn quickly.
Lieutenant Worf: Then perhaps there is hope.
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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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Inferior Episode
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Paul Sorvino guest stars, playing Worf's dangerously careless brother, Nikolai (born of two human parents). He has embedded himself with a group of people whose planet is doomed. They have taken refuge underground, but their days are numbered. Because of the prime directive, Picard refuses Nikolai's request to save them. Brother decides to go it on his own, using the Holodeck as a holding place, causing these people to believe they have not left their planet. To get to the point, he forces Picard, et. al., to search for a planet that can sustain them. They will then be beamed down as they sleep. There is a slip up when one of them escapes the Holodeck and must be dealt with appropriately. This is such a hare-brained scheme to start with that it really pushes the limits of reality (even for science fiction).

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