Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 8

A Matter Of Honor

Aired Unknown Feb 06, 1989 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (7)

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

    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.
  • Not an unmitigated triumph, but a fun Klingon episode and important for Riker's character.

    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.
  • As part of a Federation exchange program, Commander Riker transfers to a Klingon warship, and an alien transfers to the Enterprise.

    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.
  • Could have been so much better... Kerrrr-PLAH!

    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!
  • 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

    '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.
  • The "Enterprise" is participating in a officer exchange program. A Benzite named Mendon comes aboard the "Enterprise", meanwhile Commander Riker is being transfered to a klingon ship named the "Pagh". Before leaving Lt Worf gives Riker a lesson on dealing

    The "Enterprise" is participating in a officer exchange program. A Benzite named Mendon comes aboard the "Enterprise", meanwhile Commander Riker is being transfered to a klingon ship named the "Pagh". Before leaving Lt Worf gives Riker a lesson on dealing with Klingon officers and gives him a emergency transmitter. Riker beams aboard the "Pagh" to serve as first officer. He is authority is challenge by the second officer of the "Pagh". Riker proves he has what it takes to serve on a Klingon ship by fighting the second officer. He does a good job. I rate this one a 8.2
  • This was a pretty good episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It involved the workings of a klingon ship with Riker going to serve as its first officer.

    This was a pretty good episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It involved the workings of a klingon ship with Riker going to serve as its first officer. It had some exciting scenes and was worth watching. It will not be remembered as one of the best episodes, but it worked as a prelude to previous episodes where they showed improved relationships with the Federation and Klingons.
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