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Both Captain Picard and Lt. Worf must decide where their priorities lie as the Klingon Empire descends into a bitter civil war.


Cliff Bole


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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
Robert O'Reilly ... Gowron
Tony Todd ... Kurn
Barbara March ... Lursa
Gwynyth Walsh ... B'Etor
Ben Slack Ben Slack ... K'Tal
Nicholas Kepros Nicholas Kepros ... Gen. Movar
JD Cullum ... Toral (as J.D. Cullum)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan


The Enterprise goes on the Klingon homeworld to attend the installation of Gowron as the new head of the High Council. Captain Picard encourages Lt. Worf to seize the opportunity to clear his name. However Gowron boards, asking hasty help to prevent a Klingon civil war, claiming the sisters of the late traitor Duras head a corrupt conspiracy supported by at least three fleet commanders, Picard is the only established acceptable arbitrator. Gowron scorned Worf, before he tells Duras' father was the traitor to the Romulans - only to be told it's too late given the Duras faction in the Council. Worf arranges a leave to visit his brother Kurn, serving on a Klingon ship - he feels both old factions must be swept away, four commanders would side with their family. Worf pulls rank as family eldest, ordering loyalty to the confirmed Gowron, only later their support would be made dependent upon family rehabilitation. Picard is about to complete Gowron's installation, but the Duras family - ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Worf's departure scene, in which the crew stand to attention on deck as he passes through to the transporter room, is echoed in Star Trek: Voyager: Homestead (2001) when Neelix leaves the USS Voyager. See more »


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[first lines]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Captain's log, stardate 44995.3 - We're en route to the Klingon homeworld, where I will participate in the installation ceremony of Gowron, the next designated leader of the High Council. This visit should also provide an opportunity for one of my officers to correct a grave injustice.
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Every time the episode is about the Klingons, the show gets really, really good.
20 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode begins just before Gowron takes over as leader of the Klingons. However, despite his legitimacy to the title and his opponent being brutally killed by Worf in a previous episode, there is a schism that might just plunge the empire into war. The new opposition is led by two beastly sisters and their pipsqueak pretender to the throne. Can this schism also offer an opportunity for Worf to regain his honor? And, what part do the Romulans have in all this? As for Picard, he sure thinks they're behind all this and he's in the unenviable position of having to choose the next Klingon leader.

This episode features betrayals, civil war, intrigues and death-- exactly what the show generally avoids but which many folks like me love! And, because it's such an exciting episode, it's no surprise that they'd make it the first of a two-part series that ends season 4 and begins season 5. Well worth seeing and exciting throughout.

You might ask why did I only give this one an 8. After all, I love Klingon episodes. Well, the last 2 minutes of the show are BAD-- reintroducing a dead character which simply seems contrived and a bit stupid. Too bad...up until then, it was fantastic.

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