Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 26

Redemption (1)

Aired Unknown Jun 17, 1991 on CBS

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  • Do you hear the cry of the warrior, calling you to battle?

    This Worf episode, a sequel to "Sins of the Father" and "Reunion", features a boatload of amazing guest stars and ends the fourth season on a strong note. (To make room for Guinan and all the Klingons and Romulans that do appear, regulars such as Geordi, Troi, and Dr. Crusher are left on the sidelines. However, this serves the episode well, as the audience feels even more alone in the foreign culture as a result, which is appropriate for the story.) Michael Dorn has a field day with Worf, sinking his teeth into this character that doesn't fit in with either the Federation or the Klingon Empire. But once again, it's Patrick Stewart who quietly steals the show, as Picard must butt heads with virtual every principal character in the episode, the one hundredth hour of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Everything comes to a close with one of Trek's better cliffhangers.
  • Worf's arc approaches a climactic conclusion in an excellent cliffhanger.

    While "Redemption" doesn't match the heights of "Best of Both Worlds", it does provide a nice conclusion to TNG's 4th season. That season was the first in which the writers really took the seriality of the show seriously - episodes were no longer purely standalone, but what happened in one could have serious implications for its successors.

    The key turning point was Worf's arc, which officially began in "Sins of the Father" (season 3) and culminated in "Redemption". The writers referenced this arc repeatedly during season 4, not just in Worf episodes like "Reunion" but also in "Family", "The Drumhead", and "The Mind's Eye". Unfortunately, this arc resolved Worf's arc pretty conclusively - which meant that most Klingon episodes for the rest of TNG's run were average at best. It was only with DS9 that these episodes became interesting again.

    As with "BoBW", a well-written plot with little or no fat allows the writers to string fans along to a shocking conclusion. Robert Reilly makes another great appearance as the creepy Gowron. I was never that enamored with the Duras sisters, who seem to be fan favorites, but they are enjoyable enough. Denise Crosby's appearance at the end of the episode is a shocker, though I think once that shock wore off in season 5 her cartoonish villain would run into the same problem that Tasha Yar did - just not that interesting.

    Recommended viewing.
  • Picard must finish his task as Arbiter of Succession for the Klingons and install Gowron as leader of the Council. The family of Duras, however, may plunge the Empire into civil war. Worf, torn between Starfleet and his people, must make a choice.

    The finale for season four brings a number of threads to a head, giving us continuation to storylines begun in "Sins of the Father" and followed up in "Reunion" as well as "The Mind's Eye" and (though we're not supposed to know it yet) "Yesterday's Enterprise". Picard is finally ready to conclude his role as Arbiter of Succession, Worf and Kurn hope to restore his family's honor, Gowron hopes to become the next chancellor and the House of Duras will do whatever they can to prevent this, even if it means plunging the Klingon Empire into civil war. For those Klingon fans out there, and there are plenty of us, it's another exciting chapter in Klingon lore, made even more intriguing by the behind-the-scenes inclusion of the Romulans. The cliffhanger, with the Klingons in civil war and advantage with Duras' house, Worf's final decision, and the reveal of the shrouded Romulan's identity all make for things to think about. Not the best cliffhanger, however, but the episode itself more than makes up for it.
  • While The “Enterprise” is enroute to the Klingon home world to attend the installation of Gowron the new Leader of the High Council. Gowron shows up along the way and informs Picard that the Duras family is plotting a Klingon civil war.

    While The “Enterprise” is enroute to the Klingon home world to attend the installation of Gowron the new Leader of the High Council. Gowron shows up along the way and informs Picard that the Duras family is plotting a Klingon civil war. During the installation proceedings a challenger comes forward it is Toral , the illegitimate son of Duras. Picard rules in favor of Gowron. This angers the Dura’s family. They then attack Gowron’s ship. Kurn’s ship showed up to help Gowron. In doing this Worf’s Family Honor is restored when Gowron is appointed leader of the high council.
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