Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 1

The Way of the Warrior (1)

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 02, 1995 on Syndicado
9.3
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Stardate: 49011.4 An overwhelming Klingon task force mysteriously arrives at the station, supposedly to aid their Federation allies in the fight against the Dominion. Desperate to learn their true motives, Captain Sisko brings Lieutenant Commander Worf aboard DS9.

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  • Opening the season with a bang

    8.5
    "First, it was the Cardassians. Then it was the Dominion. Now it's the Klingons! How's a Ferengi supposed to make an honest living in a place like this?" - Quark



    With its new title sequence, new version of the theme song, and new storytelling direction, this two hour season premier serves as a rebirth for a series that was already gaining strength down the stretch for the prior season. More importantly, "The Way of the Warrior" brings together all the successful elements that would go on to define Deep Space Nine for its fans and spins them into a fun, exciting story that just keeps getting more interesting as it goes along.



    The first half begins without a strong central theme, and viewers can be forgiven if they spend twenty minutes wondering where the writers are going with this one. It's begins as a "mystery" story, moving from one character to another without focus until shaping itself into a military thriller involving the Klingons. That opens the door for Worf to step in, and the beauty of his involvement is that he doesn't overwhelm the rest of the characters but actually make them more interesting; even if this was to be one-time appearance for Michael Dorn (Worf) on Deep Space Nine, it would be a justifiable choice because of how he brings out the best in everyone else. (In fact, "Warrior" isn't even a pure Worf episode but flips back and forth between Worf and Sisko as the focal character of the ever changing A story).



    The second half is more action packed, with a mind blowing number of special effects for battle sequences and an exciting sense of events spinning out of control, reshaping the future of the series and Star Trek as a whole. (We even get to see hand to hand combat!) Yet it also retains its focus on the characters and their choices, nicely tying in Worf's story here to Sisko's story in the original pilot. With this dynamic and rich guest star performances from old favorites, including Andrew Robinson (Garak), Mark Alaimo (Dukat), and Robert O'Reilly (Gowron), "The Way of the Warrior" takes what looks like a ratings stunt on paper and turns it into a natural continuation of the series that's a must see for any fan of Deep Space Nine and a darned good one for anyone else, too.moreless
  • An exciting roller-coaster ride.

    9.0
    This isn't the first Klingon episode on DS9 - by this point we'd already had "Blood Oath" and "The House of Quark"; they also played a significant role in "Visionary". After "Way of the Warrior", though, they stop being occasional guests and play an integral role in the series.



    It is also Worf's first appearance here. The first time I saw this, I found his arrival annoying - he seemed to knock the cast's already strong chemistry off-balance. It would really take about a season or so for that chemistry to build up to normal.



    Nevertheless, on repeated viewings, I appreciate this one a lot more. There's the kind of intense, militaristic menace that appeared in the later seasons of the show. There's also humor - O'Brien teaching Worf how to play darts or laughing about the holodeck malfunctions on the Enterprise.



    Worth watching.moreless
  • War between the Kingons and Cardacians, a Klingon fleet attacks Deep Space Nine, Worf is assigned to DS9... this episode has LOTS!

    9.4
    A change in power in the Cardacian government shifting it toward civilian power (after the downfall of the Obsidian Order) makes the Klingons suspicious that the Cardacian government has been taken over by Founders. Great premise! The Klingons have been itching for war anyways, so this is a good excuse.



    It is great to see the Klingon fleet in action, although it would have been more plausible to see it in action against the Cardacians than against Deep Space Nine. Would they really have risked an attack on a Federation station, even if they were confident of success? That said, it was neat to see the station fully battle-ready and in action. The fight scenes on the station were fun, although it seems strange to me that Klingons would still not use many ranged weapons.



    Despite the usual inconsistencies and questionable characterizations, this was one of my favorite episodes. Getting to see the Defiant and the space station in action, and a decent premise, make this one of the better episodes.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

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

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Obi Ndefo

Obi Ndefo

Drex

Guest Star

Christopher Darga

Christopher Darga

Kaybok

Guest Star

William Dennis Hunt

William Dennis Hunt

Huraga

Guest Star

Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Gul Dukat

Recurring Role

Robert O'Reilly

Robert O'Reilly

Gowron

Recurring Role

J.G. Hertzler

J.G. Hertzler

Martok

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • This is the first episode Sisko appears with a shaven head, which he would keep for the rest of the series.

    • Nitpick: Garak relays more information to Dukat than he overhears while measuring Captain Sisko for a new suit. It is not explained how Garak knows the Klingons' motivation for invading Cardassia.

    • When Martok cuts his hand, he bleeds red. It was previously established in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, that Klingon blood is pink.

    • Nitpick: Everybody in Ops is stunned when the Klingon fleet decloaks. However, in previous episodes ("Improbable Cause", "The Die Is Cast") we've learned that large groups of cloaked ships can be detected by the station sensors, even if the ships cannot be located precisely.

    • Worf uses a back-hand blow when he attacks Drex. In the season 5 episode "Apocalypse Rising", Worf states that a back-hand blow is a challenge to a fight to the death. If you want anything less, you need to use the closed fist. However, if you look closely (frame by frame), Worf uses his closed fist. It's unclear, though, if a back-hand blow with the closed fist is a challenge to a fight to the death as well.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Odo: I may be a shapeshifter, but I'm also chief of security of this station. So either move along, or you'll be continuing this conversation from inside a holding cell.
      Drex: As long as you wear that Bajoran uniform, we're allies. Make sure you never take it off.

    • O'Brien: Well, what did the Federation Council say?
      Sisko: They've decided to condemn the Klingon invasion. In response, Gowron has expelled all Federation citizens from the Klingon Empire and recalled his ambassadors from the Federation.
      Kira: You're saying he's cut off diplomatic relations?
      Sisko: He's done more than that. The Klingons have withdrawn from the Khitomer Accords. The peace treaty between the Federation and the Klingon Empire... has ended.

    • Garak: Having trouble keeping the civilians in line?
      Dukat: How do you know about that?
      Garak: I'm afraid since the fall of the Obsidian Order, Cardassian security isn't what it used to be.
      Dukat: (sarcastic) Yes. Shame about the Order. I suppose there won't be much need for your services anymore. Looks like you'll be hemming women's dresses for the rest of your life.
      Garak: We can sit here all day reminding ourselves of how much we hate each other, but you don't have the time. The Klingon fleet will reach Cardassian territory in less than one hour. I suggest you prepare for them.

    • Martok: You're saying my son is without honor?
      Worf: I'm saying your son is a coward and a liar!
      Martok: And what of his father?!
      Worf: That remains to be seen.

    • (Drex and lackeys enter Garak's shop)
      Garak: Let me guess. You're either lost, or desperately searching for a good tailor.
      Drex: Guess again! (punches Garak)

    • Worf: You forget, I am not only a Klingon warrior; I am a Starfleet officer, and Starfleet deserves an explanation.
      Martok: They will get one, soon enough. Until then, know this: my mission will determine the fate of the Klingon Empire. Interfere, and you risk destroying us all.

    • Bashir: Care for a game of darts?
      Worf: I do not play games.
      O'Brien: It's like poker. But with pointed tips.

    • Sisko: Curzon told me once that in the long run, the only people who can really handle the Klingons, are Klingons.

    • Odo: I didn't know you spoke Klingon.
      Garak: Oh, you'd be surprised at the things you can learn when you're doing alterations.

  • NOTES (16)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • King Arthur

      The holosuite program of Lancelot romancing a married woman is a reference to the legend of Camelot and King Arthur. Lancelot, a knight and best friend of King Arthur, was rumored to have been having an affair with Queen Guinevere.

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