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After an accident that leaves him no longer able to walk, Worf asks Riker to help him commit suicide.


Chip Chalmers


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ronald D. Moore (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Caroline Kava ... Dr. Toby Russell
Brian Bonsall ... Alexander Rozhenko
Patti Yasutake ... Nurse Alyssa Ogawa


After one of the containers Geordi and he were checking in cargo-bay crushes seven of Worf's vertebrates, Dr. Crusher and neuro-specialists see no therapy to get him any use of his legs again, Klingon medicine having a bias against neuro-research. Worf quickly asks Riker, as his best friend aboard, to assist him in Hegh'bat, the Klingon suicide for a permanently disabled warrior, to save his and his family's dignity. Crusher's visiting scientific friend Toby Russell proudly shows her an invention in development, the genetronic replicator, which she believes can scan and reproduce the damaged neuro-system even in Worf's case, but he would be the first humanoid test-patient so Crusher is against. Pride makes Worf decline either seeing his son Alexander or trying implants which can restore 60% of his motor-functions. The Enterprise goes assist the USS Denver, with many patients in need of medical help after a Cardassian attack, but after Crusher sees Russell use an experimental drug on ... Written by KGF Vissers

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This was the last episode to be filmed in 1991. See more »


When Worf is hit by the barrel at the beginning of the episode, he falls with his two arms in front of him, his left hand next to his head. In the next shot, his left arm is resting along his body, with his hand close to his knee. See more »


[first lines]
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: No question about it. She was bluffing, Worf.
Lieutenant Worf: Bluffing is not one of Counselor Troi's strong suits -... - No, it would've been unwise to call. Yes, my hand was not strong enough.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: You had jacks and eights, and she bluffed you with a pair of sixes.
Lieutenant Worf: How did *you* know what I had?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Let's just say I had a special insight into the cards.
[points at his VISOR]
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Maybe next time you should bring a deck that's not transparent to infrared light.
[Worf looks at him suspiciously]
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: [jovially] Not to worry, ...
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The right to die
25 February 2016 | by skiopSee all my reviews

Worf's spine is crushed, leaving him paralyzed. He wants to perform a ritual suicide to die with honor, but the self-righteous Crusher and Riker want to force him to live with the disability. Meanwhile, a specialist comes on board with an experimental procedure that could make it possible for Worf to walk again, but she meets constant resistance from Crusher.

For a normally left-wing show, this episode has a strong stench of the right-wing moral police. We're lead to believe that Worf shouldn't commit suicide, because of some moral objection two other characters have (when it's not about their lives). Other reviewers have mentioned "Half a Life" and how the message was not to interfere with another culture with a ritual suicide, but here, the exact opposite message is preached. They're right about the contradictory messages between these two episodes.

The episode reminds me of the Terri Schiavo case. She was in a persistent vegetative state and as per her positions from before going into a coma, she didn't want to be on prolonged life support, but the conservatives decided to stick their nose in and there was a huge polemic where there didn't need to be.

On the other hand, if this episode had focused on the ethics of the specialist using patients as objects of experimentation, it might have had a good message, but in the end, it seems to have been written by a preacher who wanted to push his life-is-sacred dogma even when he's not in church.

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29 February 1992 (USA) See more »

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