A Klingon commander comes aboard the Enterprise in an officer exchange program initiated by Starfleet, much to the chagrin of the crew.



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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 KGF Vissers

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17 March 1990 (USA)  »

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This is listed as one of the "Ten Essential Episodes" of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) in the 2008 reference book "Star Trek 101" by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. See more »


During the fight outside Kahlest's home, one of the assassins gets in a shot on Picard's right cheek. However, for the rest of the episode, he has a bruise on his left cheek. See more »


Lieutenant Worf: 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...
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Family (1990) See more »


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The Klingon Empire and its beloved sense of honor....
16 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

'I never kill anyone at the supper table...'--Commander Kurn

When the episode begins, there is another exchange between the Klingon and Federation. In this case, the Klingon, Kurn, is now acting commander. Kurn is very strict and disliked by the crew but things are worst for Worf, as Kurn is extremely nice to him--an obvious insult to a Klingon! Eventually, Worf has had enough and he's ready to rip Kurn's head off--at which point you learn that Kurn was testing him to see if he was indeed a Klingon in spirit. This is because Kurn is actually Worf's brother--and the pair have a huge task ahead of them. It seems that their father was recently blamed for the attack, long ago, on Kitimer and it's up to the family honor for the pair to go before the Klingon High Council and restore his honor...or die trying.

I really enjoyed this episode because it gave wonderful insights into just how dishonorable and dysfunctional the Klingons could be. Their inflated sense of honor is actually just a ruse and Worf's love of everything Klingon is certainly put to the test. Additionally, it was very nice to see Picard act at Worf's second--a very touching scene. Overall, while this plot unfolds very slowly over several episodes, it is exceptional and among the better stories in season three.

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