Riker's delight at being offered a command of the USS Aries turns to frustration when the man sent to prepare him for his mission is his estranged father; Worf's behavior leads Wesley to delve into Klingon tradition.

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When Riker is offered the command of the the USS Aries he and Picard are pleased. They are stopping at Starbase Montgomery where they are taking a civilian on board to brief Riker on his new assignment. When it turns out to be Riker's father -they haven't seen each other for some 15 years - it seems he knows Dr. Pulaski with whom he obviously at one time had a serious relationship. It takes a physical encounter for father and son to solve their issues. Worf meanwhile has been quite irascible lately and it's left to Wesley Crusher to figure out what he needs. While at the base, the crew is also taking advantage of the facilities to have the engines looked at. Written by garykmcd

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John Tesh: erstwhile host of Entertainment Tonight (1981) appears as the Klingon K'Tesh in Worf's Ascension Chamber on the holodeck. His appearance was heavily featured in "Entertainment Tonight" at the time. See more »

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Wesley says "Breaking synchronous orbit,", but Enterprise is shown moving in a counter-rotational orbit. Synchronous orbit would mean the ship was moving in the same direction as the planet, and maintaining the same position over a specific land-mass. See more »

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Kyle Riker: You know... it's funny. I can talk to a whole roomful of admirals about anything in the galaxy. But I can't talk to you about how I feel.
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The Father-Son Factor
12 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Riker has a chance to leave the Enterprise. His leadership and his overall competence has brought an offer of command on another ship. There are two issues. One is the fact that the ship he would go to wouldn't have the spirit of adventure this one does. I assume he may be bored. The other factor is that Will's father is on board and there is no love loss on Riker's part. He is resentful and full of almost childhood hatred. Somehow, the father is seen as indifferent to his son and not adequately affected by the death of his wife, Will's mother. This is a tired old plot where the guy can't speak to his son for more than a few seconds without the son taking off. Riker's father is a handsome, impressive man, highly respected in Starfleet. He apparently also has had some romantic connection to Dr. Pulaski. Of course, we know what's coming.

The second plot is that Worf has been acting distant and silent. It turns out that he is in the tenth year of his age of ascension, and he needs to transition into a warrior. This is done by his surviving a painful ritual where he is subjected to incredible pain by a gauntlet of Klingon warriors with pain sticks. This is supposed to be set up by a family, but since Worf has no family, he must rely on his friends, Geordi, Will, and Data. Of course, Worf would never ask for this since it is a question of honor.

It's an OK episode but not really memorable.


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