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The Emissary 

The Enterprise addresses the emergency of an old Klingon ship coming out of stasis and ready to fight the Federation. A half-Human/half Klingon emissary arrives to help, who once knew Worf intimately.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Richard Manning (television story by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher (credit only)
Diana Muldaur ... Doctor Pulaski
Suzie Plakson ... K'Ehleyr
Lance LeGault ... Capt. K'Temoc (as Lance Le Gault)
Georgann Johnson ... Admiral Gromek
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Anne Ramsay ... Ensign Clancy (as Anne Elizabeth Ramsey)
Diedrich Bader ... Tactical Crewman (as Dietrich Bader)


The Enterprise is ordered to an emergency rendezvous to collect a special envoy traveling from Starbase 153. They are given no information about the nature of the emergency, just that they will be briefed by the emissary on arrival. She is K'Ehleyr, a half-human/half-Klingon who has been sent to deal with the Klingon warship T'Ong that has been found in deep space with a crew in long-term stasis. They predate the current peaceful coexistence between the Federation and the Klingon Empire and, as far as they are concerned, the Klingon warriors aboard are still at war. Worf has a solution to dealing with the warriors. Meanwhile, it appears that K'Ehleyr has a history - and perhaps at one time a romance - with Lieutenant Worf. Written by garykmcd

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24 June 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original story had K'Ehleyr being the product of a Vulcan mother and a Klingon father, but the editors felt that was too unrealistic. See more »


When Worf wins the poker hand, Dr. Pulaski laments that he took her last chip. Yet when Data deals the next hand, he deals her into the game. With what was the doctor going to play if she was out of chips? See more »


[in a poker round, Riker seems unsure about how to proceed]
Doctor Pulaski: 50 is the bet. What's the matter? Your feet getting cold?
Commander William T. Riker: My cards are getting cold.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: The Q and the Grey (1996) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The only way to travel
3 January 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

To emphasize the gravity of the situation on its next assignment the Enterprise is told that a Klingon envoy is traveling by space probe. When they rendezvous with the probe it's a female Klingon officer played by Suzie Plakson. Before the characters meet you know that she and Worf have had some history.

Seems back in the day she and Worf kind of had an arranged thing between their families. As we've learned Klingon culture puts a great deal of store in those arranged relationships.

But the business at hand has Plakson trying to rendezvous with a Klingon battle vessel from the previous century that was put in a cryogenic sleep before those Organians forced that peace between the Federation and the Klingon Empire in Star Trek prime. Their captain Lance LeGault has decided business as usual. Her mission is to stop him, but do it peacefully if at all possible.

Can't say a word, but Patrick Stewart, Plakson, and Michael Dorn arrive at a clever way to get their attention.

As for Plakson and Dorn, this is the resumption of a Klingon romance carried over into several episodes.

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