Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Rules of Engagement

Season 4, Ep 18, Aired 4/8/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate: 49665.3 Worf faces extradition to his homeworld when he destroys a Klingon transport and is solely responsible for the deaths of the 441 passengers.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Armin Shimerman


  • Terry Farrell

    Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

  • Michael Dorn

    Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

  • Rene Auberjonois

    Constable Odo

  • Nana Visitor

    Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • The gripping drama of Worf sitting in a chair for an hour.

    By Celedorian, Jul 08, 2013

  • Worf is tried for war crimes after the Defiant accidentally blows up a civilian ship on his orders.

    By pharoahsdance, Jul 18, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Ch'Pok: It's an interesting system of justice you have, Captain. It does have its flaws however. It emphasizes procedure over substance... form over fact.

    • Ch'Pok: (referring to Worf's trial) I look forward to fighting on your terms.
      Sisko: This is not a fight! It's the search for the truth.
      Ch'Pok: The truth must be won! I'll see you on the battlefield.

    • Ch'Pok: I apologize, Worf. Actually, I pity you. But you know who I pity more? Alexander. Because someday he will turn to you and say, "Father, who am I?" And you'll have to tell him that he is the son of a small, frightened man who destroyed a ship full of children just to prove his own courage.

    • Worf: Life is a great deal more complicated in this red uniform.
      Sisko: Just wait until you get four pips on that collar. You'll wish you'd gone into botany.

    Notes (3)

    • Ron Canada (Ch'Pok) also played Martin Benbeck on The Next Generation episode "The Masterpiece Society" and Fesek in the Voyager episode "Juggernaut".

    • Christopher Michael (Helm Officer) also played Coalition Lieutenant on The Next Generation episode "Legacy".

    • Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) does not appear in this episode.

    Trivia (3)

    • Goof: Worf's hearing takes place on Stardate 49665.3, while the incident occurred on Stardate 49648.0.

    • Goof: Worf ordered Kira to prepare the quantum torpedoes just before firing on the de-cloaking transport. However, the torpedoes shown on the view screen glowed red-orange, using the photon torpedo special effect. Quantum torpedoes are usually shown using a blue-glow effect.

    • Goof: Sisko is only wearing commander (3) pips at the end of Dax's questioning, but he wears captain's (4) pips the rest of the time.

    Allusions (2)

    • Episode Plot:
      Writers David Weddle and Bradley Thompson based the episode's story on the 1988 Vincennes incident, where a US warship shot down an Iranian passenger aircraft when it wandered into hostile territory.

    • Rules Of Engagement The episode title refers to the standards military forces use in deciding whether or not to engage an enemy.

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