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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


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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. Commander Data
Caroline Kava ... Dr. Toby Russell
Brian Bonsall ... Alexander Rozhenko
Patti Yasutake ... Nurse Alyssa Ogawa


After one of the containers Geordi and he where checking in cargo-bay crushes seven of Worf's vertebrates, Dr. Crusher and neuro-specialists see no therapy to get him any leg-use again, Klingon medicine having a bias against neuro-research. Worf quickly asks Riker, as his best friend aboard, to assist him in 'hekba', the Klingon suicide for a permanently disabled warrior, to save his and the family's dignity. Crusher's visiting scientific friend Toby Russell proudly shows her an invention in development, the genotronic 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 used an experimental drug on one of ... Written by KGF Vissers

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English | Klingon

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29 February 1992 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Geordi mentions that he was able to see his poker opponents' hole cards during their last game with his VISOR. He laughs it off to Worf by mentioning that he checks only after the hand is concluded, but this would still constitute a massive breach of etiquette for poker players. This is why you have to call the last bet, after all. See more »


In Sickbay after the accident, Dr. Crusher tells Worf that the falling barrel shattered seven of his vertebrae and crushed his spinal cord. However, during the operation, when Worf's spine is removed and placed into the genitronic replicator, it looks remarkably intact and shows no damaged vertebrae. 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 ...
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Honor above all
10 May 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

well, if you're going to do an episode on assisted suicide, Worf's the right character; to a Klingon, paralysis is a death sentence, and those guys do not abide disgrace.

As written, this is standard morality stuff. Debate rages between Riker and Work, Riker and Picard, Picard and everybody, all the while a cavalier scientist is onboard with a risky untested procedure.

It's the acting from almost everyone that makes this work as well as it does. Frakes' pleas are heartfelt, McFadden's indignation comes from a place of caring for her patient, and Stewart knows how to play up the grand moralizing.

It's nice to see an emphasis on the crew as family, but it also feels like these characters are convenient topical mouthpieces.


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