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



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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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15 June 1991 (USA)  »

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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 »


Guinan has stated that she wants to make Worf laugh before he reaches Lt. Cmdr, yet she has made him laugh at least once before. 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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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Past Prologue (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Every time the episode is about the Klingons, the show gets really, really good.
20 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode begins just before Gowron takes over as leader of the Klingons. However, despite his legitimacy to the title and his opponent being brutally killed by Worf in a previous episode, there is a schism that might just plunge the empire into war. The new opposition is led by two beastly sisters and their pipsqueak pretender to the throne. Can this schism also offer an opportunity for Worf to regain his honor? And, what part do the Romulans have in all this? As for Picard, he sure thinks they're behind all this and he's in the unenviable position of having to choose the next Klingon leader.

This episode features betrayals, civil war, intrigues and death-- exactly what the show generally avoids but which many folks like me love! And, because it's such an exciting episode, it's no surprise that they'd make it the first of a two-part series that ends season 4 and begins season 5. Well worth seeing and exciting throughout.

You might ask why did I only give this one an 8. After all, I love Klingon episodes. Well, the last 2 minutes of the show are BAD-- reintroducing a dead character which simply seems contrived and a bit stupid. Too bad...up until then, it was fantastic.

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