Commander William T. Riker is charged with hosting Klingon commander Kurn, who takes his place as first officer as part of an exchange program. As expected his ruthlessly authoritative command style gets on everyone's nerve, but the worst is yet to come: Kurn reveals himself as Lieutenant Worf's younger brother, and demands he joins him in dealing with a blood feud, as their late father's honor is challenged by accusations of treason to the Empire in league with the Romulans during a bloody attack. The Enterprise sets course to the Klingon first city, while Picard fears legal and diplomatic repercussions. Data finds indications the Klingon records were doctored, possibly at Klingon High Council level, so the Enterprise crew sets out to find out the truth... Written by
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This episode won an Emmy in 1990 for Outstanding Art Direction in a Series. The award was given to Richard D. James
for production design and Jim Mees
for set decoration. See more
When Picard asks Kahlest if Mogh was a traitor, she responds, "No, Mogh was loyal to the Emperor." She should have said "Empire", as it is explained in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Rightful Heir
(1993) that there had been no Klingon Emperor for three centuries at this time. See more
The family of a Klingon warrior is responsible for his actions, and he is responsible for theirs. If I fail in my challenge, I will be executed. - Will you grant my leave, Captain?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
No. If I understand correctly, a Starfleet officer, a respected member of my crew, could be accused of a capital crime. Your actions in this matter will reflect on this ship and on the Federation. Therefore, it seems only appropriate that your Captain should be at your side while you make your challenge. I'm sure you...
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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