Brian Bonsall takes over the role of Alexander in this somewhat forgettable character driven episode that deals with Worf's struggle as an inexperienced, single parent. After the fabulous Worf stories the prior two seasons, this one is certainly a let down, though it has its moments. The B story, unremarkable in its own right, involves the testing of a cosmic surfing device that unexpectedly goes awry, putting lives in danger. The artificial drama at the end, tying up the two storylines, is particular embarrassing for a show of this caliber, as it would seem more at home in 1980s afterschool special.
I watched this again recently. Most of the episodes involving Worf are usually of a superior quality. This one is pretty flat. Though there is plenty of conflict between Worf and Alexander is poorly done. Maybe if theyd had more of a focus on the Klingon aspect of father/son relationship it would have had a bit more kick to it. As it was, it just rang with a hollow "another father/son" spat. Moreover, we knew theyd always resolve it in the end.
It hard to mark this one down, but it just didnt happen for me and if I were to miss an episode from ST:TNG - this would be one of them!
In terms of classic episodes, the 5th season of TNG is comparable to the 3rd and 4th. Unfortunately, though, the producers' quality control slipped and the season included at least 5 or 6 weak stories. "New Ground" leads off a particularly weak sequence of 4 episodes.
When Worf's arc came to a triumphant conclusion in "Redemption", the writers apparently didn't know what to do with the character - hence they brought back his son Alexander. Unfortunately, Worf's travails as a father are not particularly interesting and Worf stories during the rest of TNG's run would generally be average at best. It's a real shame and the character never recovered until they brought him back to DS9.
The B-plot of the episode - the soliton wave - is 3rd-tier TNG at best. Boring pseudo-scientific nonsense.
The “Enterprise” heads for Bilana III to witness the testing of a new propulsion method. The new method is called the Soliton wave. Meanwhile, Worf receives an unexpected visit from his mother Helena and his son Alexander.
The “Enterprise” heads for Bilana III to witness the testing of a new propulsion method. The new method is called the Soliton wave. Meanwhile, Worf receives an unexpected visit from his mother Helena and his son Alexander. Helena is getting old and feels Alexander should be with his father. Alexander is checked into class. Alexander has a hard time learning to adjust to life on the “Enterprise”. Alexander while on a class fieldtrip takes model lizard. Worf is angry with Alexander and explains that honor is the Klingon way. The Soliton wave is somewhat successful before it fails.
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