Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 10

New Ground (4 Jan. 1992)

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Geordi can barely curtail his enthusiasm at being able to test out a new theory of transportation, as Worf's mother boards the Enterprise with his son and news that Worf's Earthly parents can no longer care for him.

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The Enterprise goes to planet Belena 3 to assist in testing the new propulsion method soliton waves. Lieutenant Worf is visited by his mother Helena and young son Alexander Rozhenko, who intends to stay with him. He soon finds the burdens of paternal duties cumbersome, especially as the frustrated schoolboy proves dishonorably mischievous. The experiment goes horribly wrong... Written by KGF Vissers

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When the senior officers enter the bridge after the initial briefing on the Soliton Wave by Dr Ja'Dar, Deanna, speaking to Worf about Alexander's teacher, should have referred to MISS Kyle rather than MRS Kyle. See more »

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Lieutenant Worf: I apologize for being late Captain. I was detained in school.
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Crappy parenting lessons from Lt. Worf
22 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Worf's son, Alexander, unexpectedly arrives on the Enterprise along with Worf's mother. It seems that she and Worf's father are having problems with the boy and they think it best that Worf keep him and show him a good manly example. Unfortunately, Worf is about as qualified to parent as he would be teaching ballet--and he has no end of trouble with the child. Mostly it's because the boy has never felt wanted and is a burden to everyone--and Worf never makes this easier because of his own difficulty with emotions (other than anger) and tenderness. Together, they work on it...and by the end there is a glimmer of hope that things will work out for the better.

I never was thrilled with Alexander on the show simply because the kid went from an infant to a 6 year-old almost instantly. I hate this sort of logical mess, as it always seemed contrived and silly. However, it is mildly interesting and you could show these episodes to teens to show them how NOT to parent!


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