Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 8

A Matter Of Honor

6
Aired Unknown Feb 06, 1989 on CBS
8.3
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Stardate: 42506.5 Commander Riker participates in an officer exchange program which lands him an assignment on a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. Meanwhile, a Benzite ensign has trouble assimilating to the routines of the Enterprise.

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  • Even without Worf at the center, Star Trek: TNG offers a nice Klingon episode....

    8.0
    Worf plays a smaller part in a type of episode that he will come to rule - "A Matter Of Honor" sees Riker serving on a Klingon ship as a part of the officer exchange program. Unfortunately the part of the story that focuses on the officer who is serving aboard the Enterprise as apart of the exchange is a dud. The Benzite officer Mendon is a stuck-up know-it-all who screws up on the job. Yeah, these Benzites are too weird for their own good - they look like a Trekkie who walked off the convention floor and onto a Star Trek show trying to be a cool alien. They are lame in every aspect. Thankfully this is the last episode that features these stupid aliens in The Next Generation.



    Luckily, the episode takes the biggest time looking at Commander Riker's Klingon experience whether than is sampling a variety of Klingon dishes in 10-Forward, showing the seniority of his rank and strength of character by beating the snot out of his Klingon 2nd officer, or single-handedly preventing a war between the Klingons and Federation. "A Matter Of Honor" takes a lot of quality time looking at not only how much Riker learns about the Klingons but how much the Klingons learn about humans from him as well. This is a successful comment on how peoples' outer differences may need to be studied and taken into consideration but really only hide what we have in common. Plenty of suspense, humor, and action is featured in "A Matter Of Honor," one of the better episodes of season two.moreless
  • Not an unmitigated triumph, but a fun Klingon episode and important for Riker's character.

    7.5
    Aside from "1001001", this is the first episode to focus on Riker's character. (I suppose I should include that lame "Hide and Q" episode in season 1.) In a lot of ways, this is where the character of Riker (as we know him for the rest of the series) was born.



    It's also the second Klingon episode in TNG, after "Heart of Glory" in season 1; unlike most of its successors, it is unusual because (A) it doesn't feature Worf and (B) it adds some humor and avoids the extreme seriousness of its successors. (Riker himself nods to this when he evinces surprise that Klingons laugh - perhaps we see too much of Worf.)



    The story with Riker aboard the Klingon ship is quite enjoyable and on its own would be worthy of a higher rating. Riker's final dinner on the Enterprise, with Picard and Pulaski gagging at the Klingon food, is a hoot. And the twist at the end (I won't spoil it) as Riker saves the day is pretty clever.



    However, the B-plot, with the alien ensign struggling to fit in aboard the Enterprise, is largely a waste of time and is something of a drag on the episode.moreless
  • As part of a Federation exchange program, Commander Riker transfers to a Klingon warship, and an alien transfers to the Enterprise.

    8.0
    Either because the writers didn't have a handle on his character, or because they couldn't think of story possibilities for him, there aren't too many Commander Riker episodes up until this point. Here, he gets the A story, and Frakes (Riker) is not only fabulous, he adds much to the Commander's character, leading to more Riker stories in the future. Credit must be given to director Rob Bowman as well, whose way of handling the Klingons would become the template for future episodes. The B story, with the alien ensign, is interesting as well and will strike a chord with anyone who has had difficulty on their first day of a new job dealing with new rules, new people, and new situations.moreless
  • Could have been so much better... Kerrrr-PLAH!

    7.7
    A good premise which unfortunately has to rely on a bad device (the corrosive lifeform hanging onto the ships hull)



    I found the whole Ensign Mendon / corrosive entity to be a distraction from Rykers stinit on the Klingon bird of prey. Yet it was necessary and does provide the valid reason for the Klingons suspicion to grow. The plot therefore should be looked at a pretty good, interesting because of the locations showing Klingon ship life and thus providing a comparison with life on the crew.



    The gut wretching food is the worst that Ryker ultimately faces as this Klingon crew accepts him to readily. However, the conflict between the two is done justice through the sequences of dialogue, esp. when in the Klingon canteen. Very funny stuff. The middle act shows the crew bonding quite well with reservations as the final act is setup well if with alot of inevitability. Back on the Enterprise, the less impressive plot element of the new ensign does its job of showing the newbie entering the environment of the highly important starfleet ship and the need to follow orders and the chain of command.



    Essentially, the sources for this episode are two misunderstandings and mistrust which have the potential for catastrophe. It is a good story, moreso for the chance to glimpse life on a Klingon ship and their attitude to humans.



    Worth a watch!moreless
  • An interesting look at the Klingons in a time before we all got sick fed up of them, but hampered by a dramatically implausible plot

    6.5
    'A Matter of Honor' is a reasonably engaging episode that gives the series something of a breath of fresh air. It was made at a time, of course, long before Klingon episodes had become stale and tedious, so much of what we saw here was reasonably fresh and interesting. It also goes a fair way to making Riker a more likable character: the writers seem to making a concerted effort to make him more accessible than the stolid, charmless Kirk clone we were treated to in season one.



    Where this one slips is the forced climax, in which we're expected to believe that the Klingons are going to engage the Enterprise in battle. Just WHY would the Klingon captain be so paranoid and distrustful of their Federation allies, to the extent he'd be willing to destroy the Enterprise and risk war? I just didn't buy it.



    The subplot with the Benzite exchange officer, Ensign Mendon, isn't terribly interesting but is passable. It would have been far more interesting if a Klingon exchange officer had taken Riker's place.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt./Lt. Cmdr. Worf

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton

Wesley Crusher

Diana Muldaur

Diana Muldaur

Dr. Katherine Pulaski

John Putch

John Putch

Ensign Mendon

Guest Star

Christopher Collins

Christopher Collins

Captain Kargan

Guest Star

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson

Klag

Guest Star

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The captain of the Klingon ship tells his crewmember to speak in Riker's language. So what happened to the universal translator?

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Vekma (looking Riker over): He is not very attractive... but I will have him.
      Male Klingon: They are inquisitive. They would like to know how you would endure.
      Riker: Endure what?
      Klag: Them.
      (Riker looks over the two Klingon women)
      Riker: One or both?

    • Klag: Gagh is always best when served live. Would you like something easier?
      Riker: Easier?
      Klag: Yes. If Klingon food is too strong for you, perhaps we could get one of the females to breast-feed you.

    • Riker: It is my understanding that one of the duties of the first officer on a Klingon vessel is to assassinate his captain.
      Worf: Yes, sir.
      Riker: Wouldn't that bring about chaos?
      Worf: Of course not. When and if the captain becomes weak or unable to perform, it is expected that his honorable retirement should be assisted by his first. Your second officer will assassinate you for the same reasons.
      Riker: This method of attrition could take a little getting used to.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Several of the Klingon dishes that Riker eats during his farewell feast are stylized sushi. The sushi had been under the hot production lights for a long time for rehearsals, getting the set ready, etc. Jonathan Frakes actually ate all the sushi during the filming.

    • The Pagh was also the name of the Klingon ship that was destroyed in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

    • Geordi LaForge (LeVar Burton) and Counselor Troi (Marina Sirtis) do not appear in this episode.

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