Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 7 Episode 21

Firstborn

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Aired Unknown Apr 25, 1994 on CBS
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7.3
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  • 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...
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