The Enterprise responds to a disturbance in the neutral zone with reports of a possible Romulan attack on a Talerian freighter. There is debris in the area and the freighter has obviously suffered some damage. On board, they find 3 Klingons with one of them seriously injured. The survivors are not very forthcoming about what happened on their ship nor how three Klingon warriors even ended up on a space freighter. After the injured Klingon dies, the remaining two try to recruit Worf to their cause by appealing to his Klingon heritage and pride. They tell him they were looking for a new world where they could be true Klingons and that the debris the Enterprise found was actually that of a Klingon battle cruiser they fought and destroyed. The Enterprise soon comes into contact with a second Klingon cruiser that wants the renegades arrested and turned over to them.
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thought that the episode was the closest experience he had on the show to directly placing his own personal philosophy into a script. He later credited fellow executive producer Rick Berman
with helping to write the script, saying "When I had a problem, I could go in and we could sit there, close the door, yell and scream. I'd pace, he'd make suggestions. The two of us made stories work in that room that had to be shot within a couple of days. We were under enormous time pressure, and we were working hand in glove. We had a wonderful time, on that show, especially." See more
When Data informs Picard that the energy residues might indicate that the Romulans are involved, Picard notes that they haven't heard about the Romulans in "a while". Yet in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Angel One
, a potential battle with the Romulans is one of the secondary plot points. See more
To fit in, the Humans demand that you change the one thing that you cannot change. But because you cannot, you do. That, too, is the mark of a warrior. You said I mock you. I do not. I salute you!
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more