Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 26

Redemption (15 Jun. 1991)

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Both Capt. Picard and Lt. Worf must decide where their priorities lie as the Klingon Empire descends into civil war.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Slack ...
Nicholas Kepros ...
Toral (as J.D. Cullum)


The Enterprise goes attend on the Klingon home planet the installation of Gowron as new head of the High Council. Picard encourages Worf to seize the opportunity to clear his name. However Gowron boards, asking hasty help to prevent a Klingon civil war, claiming the sisters of the late traitorous pretender Duros head a corrupt conspiracy supported by at least three fleet commanders, Picard is the only established acceptable arbitrator. Gowron scorned Worf, till he tells Duros senior was the traitor to the Romulans- only to be told it's too late given the Duros fraction in the Council. Worf arranges a leave to visit his brother Kurn, serving on a Klingon ship- he feels both old fractions must be swept away, four commanders would side with their family. Worf pulls rank as family eldest, ordering loyalty to the confirmed Gowron, only later their support would be made dependent upon family rehabilitation. Picard is about to complete Gowron's installation, but the Duros family -secretly in... Written by KGF Vissers

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In 1991, former President Ronald Reagan visited the set during filming of this episode. After being introduced to several actors dressed in full Klingon warrior garb, Reagan was asked what he thought of the Klingons. "I like them," he said. "They remind me of Congress." See more »


Data says "The Bortas has lost its port shields. It is unlikely they can withstand another hit in that quarter." A moment later the Bortas is hit three times on the port side. It is clear that its shields are still intact. See more »


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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Captain's log, stardate 44995.3 - We're en route to the Klingon homeworld, where I will participate in the installation ceremony of Gowron, the next designated leader of the High Council. This visit should also provide an opportunity for one of my officers to correct a grave injustice.
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The Klingon Civil War begins.
24 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:100 - "Redemption, Part I" (Stardate: 44995.3) - this is the 25th and last episode of the 4th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 100th episode overall! This is another cliffhanger episode (which will be concluded in the 5th season opener, "Redepemption, Part II".

This episode climaxes the story arc that began in "The Sins Of The Father" , where Worf accepted dis-commendation, being branded a traitor so that the Klingon Empire will not fall in Civil War, and continued in "Reunion".

However, as the Enterprise is on its way to attend the installation of Gowron (again played by Robert O'Reilly) as the new leader of the Klingon High Council, with Picard again playing the Arbitor of Succession, Gowron intercepts them saying that he needs the Enterprise's help in preventing Civil War.

And of course, the Romulans are involved (including someone who sounds like Tasha Yar!).

Trivia note: we see the Batleth sword again. The Duras sisters are introduced here (Lursa and B'Etor), and Tony Todd also returns as Commander Kurn, Worf's brother. And, Whoopi Goldberg also returns as Guinan, and Worf's son Alexander is mentioned (he lives on Earth).

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