Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2, Episode 20

The Emissary (24 Jun. 1989)

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The Enterprise is ordered to proceed to an emergency rendez-vous to collect a special envoy who is traveling from Starbase 153 to meet them. They are given no information about the nature of the emergency, just that they will be briefed by the emissary on arrival. She is K'Ehlyar, a Klingon who has been sent to deal with a Klingon ship, the T'Ong, that has been found in deep space with a crew in long term stasis. They pre-date the current peaceful co-existence Between the Federation and Klingon Empire and as far as they are concerned, the Klingon warriors aboard the T'Ong are still at war with the humans. Worf has a solution to dealing with with the warriors. Meanwhile, it appears that K'Ehlyer - who is half human - has a history and perhaps at one time a romance, with Lt. Worf. Written by garykmcd

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The original story had K'Ehleyr being the product of a Vulcan mother and a Klingon father, but the editors felt that was too unrealistic. See more »

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When K'Ehleyr asks the computer to list the holodeck calisthenics programs, it shows the list and highlights Worf's program before she tells it to. See more »

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Lieutenant, I order you to relax.
Lieutenant Worf: [agitated] I *am* relaxed!
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A brilliant piece of character development
14 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode starts in suspense -- what is the emergency, what is the mission, and who is the envoy? -- but the real story is between Worf and the half-human, half-Klingon emissary K'Ehleyr. Some cheesy humor (from Troi and K'Ehleyr) and a slight anticlimax at the end (when it's a bit too obvious that Worf's idea will work), but neither of those get in the way of the excellent verbal sparring and complex relationship between Worf and K'Ehleyr. The science fiction premise, of a Klingon vessel coming out of cryogenic suspension, makes an effective backdrop for this interesting story.

Picard plays a key role with some well-aimed comments about the separation of the professional and the personal. K'Ehleyr is played with a wonderful (if at times slightly overacted) blend of humor, intelligence, stubbornness, and sexiness, and she brings the episode to life.

The poker game at the beginning fits right in, too, with Worf as "the iceman" at the poker table -- is he also the iceman in his romances?


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