Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 9

The Sword of Kahless

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Nov 20, 1995 on Syndicado

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  • Bit of a disappointment, but okay

    "You know what I like about Klingon stories, Commander? Nothing. Lots of people die, and nobody makes any - Quark

    The Klingon equivalent of the search for the Holy Grail, this Worf/Kor/Dax episode is reminiscent of second season's "Blood Oath" but features a more internal conflict. While the premise might sound like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, it plays out more like Frodo's quest in The Lord of the Rings. Finding the sword is easy (perhaps too easy) but bearing it back to the ship is like taking the One Ring to Mount Doom. It's not just a burden but a divisive force.

    Featuring one character from each of Star Trek's first three live action shows, the episode is a treasure trove of Trek history, with references to quite a few past episodes, yet remains accessible to new fans by giving them enough information to get by. Director LeVar Burton plays up the biblical moments of the episode, from Kor's stories (well told by the lively John Colicos) to the finding of the Sword (which David Bell scores in a way that would make Howard Shore proud).

    Unfortunately, the episode takes place almost exclusively in the cave set, giving it a limited look and scope, and the internal conflicts get tedious by the second half of the episode. While it is fun to see Kor again, and it's great to see Worf get finally get an A story (there is, in fact, no B story) the episode ultimately falls short of its potential, although its conclusion does leave the story open to a sequel; perhaps someday in the future there will be a new Star Trek series that does "The Sword of Kahless 2"!
  • Another lackluster Worf/Klingon episode.

    Early in Star Trek: The Next Generation, episodes exploring Worf and his Klingon heritage tended to be really good ("Sins of the Father", "Reunion", "Redemption", etc). At a certain point that changed and they became average or worse ("Birthright", "Rightful Heir", "Firstborn"). This seemed to carry over to this DS9 episode.

    Jadzia, Kor, and Worf go to find a long-lost Klingon weapon/relic. While they do find it, it turns out that the weapon (not unlike Sauron's Ring) has unpleasant effects on those Klingons who hold it. Despite their initial hopes that acquiring the sword will restore the Klingon Empire to its former glory, the weapon's presence makes them experience delusions of grandeur. They also start fighting over who will keep it. Jadzia plays the exasperated "mom", demanding that her "children" stop bickering.

    The story ends abruptly when Jadzia, running out of patience, zaps both of them with a phaser and beams them aboard the runabout. They beam the Sword into space, realizing that "we aren't ready for it." At the end I'm not sure what we were supposed to get out of this story. This episode actually had a decent premise, but it went nowhere in execution.

    This episode is also noteworthy for being the first Worf-Jadzia plotline, though at this point romance was a long way off.
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