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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.


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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 ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander 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 ... General 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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English | Klingon

Release Date:

15 June 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The revealing costumes for the Duras sisters, designed by Robert Blackman, were quickly dubbed "Klingon kleavage" amongst fans. According to the production staff, neither actress used chest padding. See more »


Worf grabs with the ritual blade with his hand. When he removes the hand, red blood is left on the blade. Although Klingons have purple blood in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, they have red blood in all other Star Trek productions before and after that, so it is that movie that is in error, not this TV show. See more »


[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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A Zenith of the Series
13 July 2014 | by QanqorSee all my reviews

Wow, only *one* review for this fabulous episode? How can this be? This two-parter really is Star Trek: The Next Generation at its very best. I'm reluctant to say too much, lest I spoil anything for those who haven't see it yet. Exciting, engaging plot, some good characters, some good surprises. And it wraps up a bunch of loose threads.

As a two-parter, it is hard to review what is essentially half-an-episode. Fortunately, the second half is as strong as the first, making this, in my opinion, the very best of the cliff- hanger two-part episodes. Yes, even better than The Best Of Both Worlds.

My only complaint is that much of the spoken Klingon is gibberish. Yes, "naDev ghoS" is correct for "come here!" And "Gowron, Dajon, Dajon!" makes good sense: Gowron, you have captured it, you have captured it. But, for instance, the line about the son sharing in the honors or crimes of the father does not contain anything resembling the word for father (vav), son, (puqloD), honor (batlh), or crime (HeS).

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