Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 7 Episode 21

Firstborn

3
Aired Unknown Apr 25, 1994 on CBS
7.3
out of 10
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4

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Stardate: 47779.4 A disinterested Alexander must face his first Rite of Ascension passage, but a mysterious warrior by the name of K'Mtar brings with him a disturbing request.

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  • "Alexander, be a warrior." "I don't want to be" "You must be." "No" Wash and repeat.

    6.0
    Popular Star Trek guest star James Sloyen plays the mysterious "family friend" and "advisor" in this Worf/Alexander story reminiscent of "Yesteryear" from the Star Trek animated series. "Firstborn" begins with promise: Sloyen plays the Klingon well, and writer Rene Echevarria fleshes out some interesting Klingon rituals as the plot begins to take shape. Unfortunately, while Sloyen and Bonsall (Alexander) develop a chemistry that only becomes more intriguing as the story progresses, Sloyen and Dorn (Worf) are not a good pairing. Their characters bring out the worst in each other, and their relationship becomes tedious to watch, especially as it becomes the focal point of the episode.



    The B story, about the hunt for the Duras Sisters, includes a cameo from Quark and is mostly filler but good fun.

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  • Worf’s son has reach the age for the first Rite of Accession , a ceremony in which a young Klingon declares his intention to become a warrior. Worf is shocked to find that his son does not want to become a warrior.moreless

    9.1
    Worf’s son has reach the age for the first Rite of Accession , a ceremony in which a young Klingon declares his intention to become a warrior. Worf is shocked to find that his son does not want to become a warrior. Worf being a little detached at a Senior Officer’s meeting has Picard worried. Worf tells Picard of Alexander not wanting to hold up a klingon tradition. Picard suggests Alexander attend the festival of Kot’baval on Maranga IV. Alexander is somewhat impressed until his dad is attacked. Worf handles it well. I rate this one a 9.1moreless
  • Another boring post-"Redemption" Klingon episode.

    6.5
    It's in noteworthy that for at least 4 or 5 years, the best Klingon episode was one that did not at all involve Worf ("Blood Oath"). The resolution of Worf's arc in "Redemption" really killed Klingon episodes for the rest of the series. The character's tortured internal conflict was settled, forcing him either into the role of a dad (Alexander episodes) or a mediator ("Birthright", "Rightful Heir"). This episode brings closure to these experiments, at least until Worf would reappear in DS9's 4th season.



    We get some bits of Klingon culture here - obviously there is a niche of Star Trek fandom that finds this interesting, but I do not. The plot moves along incredibly slowly, has a thoroughly boring search-for-the-Duras-sisters tanger, and has more annoying Alexander than I could stomach. I feel bad for James Sloyan, who as future-Alexander offers another one of his typically fine guest appearances.



    The finish line is awfully close at this point...moreless
  • Alexander Travels Back In Time......

    10
    ...... I like this episode because of the scene with this one guy and Alexander, when he tries to convince Alexander about becoming a warrior, and it was very well written, and it worked perfectly, and Worf has been trying to convince Alexander to become a warrior for a long time, then this guy comes in, and it works perfectly. It turns out that he cares about Alexander becomeing a warrior more than Worf does, but later we learn that this person is actually Alexander, who went back in time, to tries to convince Alexander to learn how to defend his family, since he lost Worf in the future, but this entire episode was surprising, I learned a lot by watching it twice.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

Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Guest Star

Barbara March

Barbara March

Lursa

Guest Star

Gwynyth Walsh

Gwynyth Walsh

B'Etor

Guest Star

Brian Bonsall

Brian Bonsall

Alexander

Recurring Role

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Computer Voice

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Worf seems to recognize K'Mtar when they first meet. Then K'Mtar gives a false account for himself but Worf believes him. If an advisor were so well trusted as to become part of the family, you would think that the members of that family would know what he looked like.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Worf: (practicing his speech before Rite of Ascension passage)...as time passes, a boy inevitably becomes a man. What is not inevitable, is that a man become a warrior. A warrior must be forged like a sword, tempered by... by experience. The path of the warrior begins...

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