Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 6 Episode 16

Birthright (1)

Aired Unknown Feb 22, 1993 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Stardate: 46578.4 While visiting Deep Space Nine, Worf learns that his father is still alive and being held captive in a secret Romulan prison camp.

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  • What Dreams May Come

    The first part of this two parter crosses over with Deep Space Nine (to promote the new series in its infancy) and features a unique structure that works quite well for its two plotlines. The A story, featuring Worf, begins on the station, and although our favorite Klingon doesn't interact with any of the DS9's regulars (he instead meets an alien memorably played by James Cromwell,) it's an historically intriguing visit, foreshadowing his future as a regular on the spinoff series. The B story, featuring Data, explores the world of dreams in a deliciously abstract and mystical way, quite unlike anything the Star Trek franchise has done before. The two stories, thematically linked through their paternal explorations, work well together and even include an overlapping scene with Worf and Data. The result is a satisfying episode that serves as a great lead-in to the second part.moreless
  • Not bad, but suffers from a slow plot.

    The main problem I have with this episode is it almost seems like the writers are bored with Worf and want to stir up some drama with him. It's not very surprising, or genuine-feeling. It doesn't even really bring something new to Worf's character, either. We dealt with Worf's dad already in Sins of the Father. What could this episode possibly do? I really just wasn't into the premise.

    Data's subplot was nice, but doesn't become a factor again in Part 2, which makes me wonder why it's part of a 2 part episode. The dream was pretty cool, though, and I always like seeing Brent Spiner play as a different character. "You are the bird." :)moreless
  • The first half of TNG's weakest 2-parter.

    It's not atypical for the first half of a two-parter to feature lots of build-up. Unfortunately, in this case, it builds up (very slowly) to nothing.

    The Data story is dull, with Dr. Bashir grafted on in order to juice DS9's ratings. The final sequence (with Data transforming into a bird) is nice - it's a shame it got grafted into the rest.

    The Worf story has even less redeeming features. I guess the writers decided that Worf needed something more interesting than Alexander to keep his character afloat, but this was the wrong way to do it. I don't think there were any good "Klingon" episodes for the rest of the series.

    Disappointing, though part 2 is even worse.moreless
  • The “Enterprise” docks at Deep Space Nine, to assist in repairs of Bajoran technologies which were damaged by Cardassian occupation. Worf while on Deep Space Nine is approached by an Yridian named Jaglom Shrek.moreless

    The “Enterprise” docks at Deep Space Nine, to assist in repairs of Bajoran technologies which were damaged by Cardassian occupation. Worf while on Deep Space Nine is approached by an Yridian named Jaglom Shrek. Jagolom Shrek says he has info the Worf might want for sale. Jagolom Shrek tells Worf his father is still alive on a planet in the Romulan territory. Dr Bashir the CMO of Deep Space Nine has a device that he wants to runs test on. So Data suggest running the tests in engineering. While conducting the tests, Data is knocked unconscious and into a dream.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • As Bashir is leaving at the end of the episode, you can see that he is wearing white tennis shoes, rather than the regulation black boots that he wears the rest of the episode.

    • When Data is hit by the power from the alien device the second time the camera zooms in on his face. The interface cable that was previously attached to his head is gone, later when he wakes back up, the cable is reattached.

    • If Bashir wasn't allowed to use the sickbay equipment, why did the sickbay staff let him use it? Are we to assume that there was no one on duty in sickbay? (Crusher was down on DS9) It sure seems that sickbay is left unattended a lot!

    • When Data is sent to stop Dr. Bashir from using sickbay equipment, he immediately offers to help him with his experiment, suggesting they should bring it to engineering-- but isn't Data on duty?

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Worf: What is this?
      Geordi: Pasta al fiorella. One of my favorites. Don't worry, you're gonna love it. You know, I really want to take a look at those Ktaran antiques. I understand they've got a 21st-century plasma coil in almost perfect condition.
      (tasting the pasta and pushing the plate away) I'll have to talk to Chief O'Brien about these replicators. Worf, I don't see how you can eat that stuff. It tastes like liquid polymer.
      Worf: Delicious.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Dr. Julian Bashir (Siddig El Fadil) is one of only four characters to appear on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine before appearing on this series. The other three are Quark (Armin Shimerman), Gul Evek (Richard Poe) and Admiral Chekote (Bruce Gray).

    • This is the only episode of any Star Trek series in which Morn (Mark Allen Shepherd) appears but Quark (Armin Shimerman) does not.

    • Alexander Siddig crosses over in his role of Dr. Bashir from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.