When the Federation promotes an officer exchange program, Commander Riker decides to accept an assignment aboard a Klingon war ship. As the first Federation officer to serve aboard a Klingon vessel, Riker has to gain the trust of his new shipmates and particularly that of his irascible captain. As part of the same exchange program, the Enterprise welcomes aboard Ensign Mendon from a culture that is forever seeking to improve operational efficiency. When he discovers a bacteria attacking the integrity of the ship's hull, he searches for a solution on his own rather than reporting it. When the same bacteria affects the Klingon ship, its Captain believes the Enterprise is responsible and orders an attack.Written by
"Starbase 179" is mentioned five times within the first minute of this episode, including twice by Data, and twice by Commander Riker. See more »
When the Klingon captain is beamed onto the Enterprise bridge, he reaches for a weapon. Worf phase-stuns him while Data acts to shield Captain Picard. The crew's behavior is unnecessary as the transporter can detect and disarm weaponry. See more »
There's a cultural exchange program going on with Star Fleet and the Enterprise
welcomes several new crew members including some alien races on board. One
of them is played by John Putch and apparently one of the characteristics of these
folks is an overeagerness to please. For Worf who is in charge of Putch that
amounts to butt-kissing something that Klingons find loathsome.
But there are bigger problems. Commander Riker is sent aboard a Klingon
vessel and he is serving under a captain played by Christopher Collins who is
a belligerent sort. Getting a few pointers in Klingon culture from Michael
Dorn, Jonathan Frakes learns that assassination is a tradition from a subordinate if one things the superior officer isn't doing the job.
I'm an agreement with another reviewer because I can't see how that would
lead to anything but chaos. Still when a rust like virus infects the Enterprise
and the Klingon ship Frakes uses some Klingon rules to save both ships as
Collins is hell bent on a fight with the Enterprise.
I'll tell you one thing. After observing the Klingon Mess Hall scene I'm never
having them cater anything.
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