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When the leader of the Klingon High Council passes on, Picard finds himself in the middle of the struggle for the now-vacant position. Meanwhile, Worf reunites with a past love, only to find he now has a son.


Jonathan Frakes


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Thomas Perry (teleplay by) | 8 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
Wil Wheaton ... Ensign Wesley Crusher
Suzie Plakson ... K'Ehleyr
Robert O'Reilly ... Gowron
Patrick Massett ... Duras
Charles Cooper ... K'mpec
Jon Paul Steuer ... Alexander Rozhenko (as Jon Steuer)
Michael Rider ... Security Guard
April Grace ... Transporter Technician Hubbell


When the leader of the Klingon High Council passes on, Picard finds himself in the middle of the struggle for the now-vacant position. Meanwhile, Worf reunites with a past love, only to find he now has a son.

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The Vor'cha class Klingon cruiser that makes its debut in this episode was designed by Rick Sternbach. He wanted to pay homage to the original Klingon cruiser design by Matt Jefferies, but also show some Starfleet influences in the design, since the Klingons and the Federation were now allies, and presumably shared technology. He stipulated that the Vor'cha would about three quarters the size of a Galaxy class starship. So when Greg Jein supervised construction of the studio model, he made it three feet long - precisely 3/4 the length of the newly constructed Enterprise D studio model. This is one of the few occasions when studio models were actually built to scale with one another. See more »


When Gowron meets K'Ehleyr in the observation lounge, the camera points toward the ceiling. For a brief second the top of the wall/set is visible in the upper right corner of the screen. showing that there is no ceiling. See more »


Gowron: Have you never wondered about serving the Klingon Empire?
K'Ehleyr: I serve in my own way.
Gowron: As a Federation ambassador. A few rewards - but little glory.
K'Ehleyr: What do you want?
Gowron: What do YOU want? Command of a ship? A seat on the Council? There are many opportunities for you in the Empire.
K'Ehleyr: Opportunities that will present themselves only if YOU come to power. You talk like a Ferengi.
Gowron: K'mpec was also stubborn; he, too, refused to listen. *Now*... he is gone. You need not make the same mistake.
K'Ehleyr: K'mpec was old and weak! I ...
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References Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Very, very good except for one annoying problem...
18 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am a sucker for Klingon episodes of "Star Trek"--and they are almost always among my favorites. They are always exciting and action-packed. This one is no exception, though one huge logical error really ruined the episode in some ways.

The show begins with Worf's lady love, K'Ehleyr, coming on board the Enterprise. Surprisingly, she's accompanied by a son Word never knew he had--and Alexander is about 6 years-old. However, Worf and K'Ehleyr got their groove on only a season earlier and at least by human standards, the boy should have been a few months old. But, here the freakish little beast is old--and can talk!! This is the same sort of stupid plot device that occurred when "Family Ties" jumped the shark and brought on a freaky little baby who almost instantly was about 6. What's with this?!?!?!

If you can ignore the stupidity of Alexander's age, the rest of the episode is terrific and has to do with more behind the scenes intrigues. As the Klingon leader is dying, he calls for Picard-- someone he can trust since he can no longer trust his own people. Why? Because SOMEONE is poisoning him and he'll soon be dead! So, Picard is given the task of helping to select the Klingon Empire's next leader!! What's next....just see this one.

Well written (aside from Alexander), exciting and with a lot of character development involving Worf (a LOT happens with him)--this one is still well worth your time and is a must-see for Worf-lovers.

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