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.
Did You Know?
Director Rob Bowman
recalls, "It was a very late script that [co-executive producer] Maurice Hurley
wrote in two days. I read it and was pretty blown away. That episode was, I think, one of the easiest of my shows, because everything worked so well. Once I got the script, ideas on how things should look came very quickly. For instance, the final battle in Engineering was supposed to be played on the first deck. Worf shoots the Klingon, he falls down and that's it. However, nobody had shot vertically in the chamber before, so we did some things in the end with the camera that hadn't been done on the show. One thing I added is that it took three phaser hits to take care of a Klingon. I wanted to make these guys as tough and as bad as I could. I think it helped to give the show balls. That episode to me, had lots of strength." See more
When in Engineering, Yar tells Picard Korris has a phaser/disruptor aimed at the dilithium crystal chamber (Worf incorrectly says the same in the Observation Lounge). He is targeting the warp core/core casing. See more
What burns in their eyes, fires my soul. I hear their words, and I see it all as it was. Part of me longs for that time.
It's bred in the bone. We all do.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more