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In an effort to help him accept his Klingon heritage, Worf and his son, Alexander, attend an ancient Klingon ceremony.


Jonathan West


Gene Roddenberry (created by), René Echevarria (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
James Sloyan ... K'Mtar
Brian Bonsall ... Alexander Rozhenko
Gwynyth Walsh ... B'Etor
Barbara March ... Lursa
Joel Swetow ... Yog
Colin Mitchell Colin Mitchell ... Gorta
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Michael Danek Michael Danek ... Singer


Worf is worried when his pre-teen son Alexander, at the age to commit to becoming a warrior, refuses the ceremony. Picard grants him a visit to a Klingon outpost, where the boy gets a taste for Klingon fight training. They also become the target of a murder attempt, which K'Mtar, a trusted adviser of Worf's House, ascribes to the surviving sisters of the House of Duras, who are tracked down, involved in illegal mining, but deny and suggest a mystery killer. K'Mtar fails to convince Alexander or Worf that the boy should enroll in a Klingon school to get rid of his human moralism. The truth is about a spectacular assumed identity. Written by KGF Vissers

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The only time Brian Bonsall appears as Alexander with longer hair. See more »


On the outpost during the festival, Dr. Crusher asks Worf what "Molor" is saying, since he is speaking in Klingon. What happened to the ubiquitous universal translator? See more »


[first lines]
Lieutenant Worf: As time passes, a boy inevitably becomes a man. But what is not inevitable is that a man become a warrior. A warrior must be forged like a sword, tempered by... by...
Lieutenant Worf: [remembers] Tempered by experience.
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References Superman (1978) See more »


Ni'tokor O-ta-ke ta Kor [in Kligon]
Performed by Michael Danek and John K. Shull
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One of the weaker Worf episodes.
6 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was not thrilled by this episode--and this might be because I am a huge fan of Worf and so I tend to expect more from these shows. I almost always love episodes that focus on him (after all, what other member of the crew murdered someone in revenge and got away with it?!) but this one has a few problems--most likely the crazy twist at the end.

The show begins with Worf at wits end because Alexander is not a demented maniacal warrior like a good Klingon should be. When Picard hears about it, he recommends that Worf take his son to a nearby planet for a Klingon holiday celebration. Once there, Worf is nearly killed and he is saved by a family friend (sort of like Robert Duvall's relationship to the Corleone family). This guy sees Worf is upset about Alexander and tries to help the boy rise above common sense and cling to his berserker-like Klingon roots.

This isn't a bad episode...just the ending. See it...see what this dopey twist is and how quickly Worf just accepts this!

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23 April 1994 (USA) See more »

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