Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 5 Episode 1

Redemption (2)

4
Aired Unknown Sep 23, 1991 on CBS
8.7
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Stardate: 45020.4 Picard suspects a Romulan influence in the recent Klingon civil war, and must force the Federation to intervene before the Empire collapses.

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  • Worf sings the Bob Marley song

    8.0
    This military thriller is not only filled with exciting battles and political intrigue but also includes some nice character moments. The A story features Captain Picard walking a tightrope, trying to not involve himself in the Klingon Civil War while simultaneously trying to keep the Romulans from interfering - and all the while having to deal with his superiors who would rather he stay out of the whole thing. It's fun to see Picard deal with these weighty issues, and Patrick Stewart handles the part well. The B story involves the Klingons, and develops Worf's character even more than the first part, setting the table for more great Worf stories in the future. The C story, about Data's first command, is not given much time and is just sort of tacked on. With Sela tossed in, the episode covers a lot of ground, but it's a great way to kickstart the fifth season.moreless
  • An enjoyable but somewhat anticlimactic ending. The Worf story is the best part, but the other storylines leave something to be desired.

    8.0
    The conclusion to season 4's excellent cliffhanger leaves me somewhat underwhelmed.



    Worf's arc concludes in an extremely satisfying manner. (The final scene consciously echoes its counterpart in "Sins of the Father", providing a nice symmetry.) Throughout the previous 4 seasons, Worf had been grappling with his identity as a Klingon and trying to come to terms with his heritage; here, he realizes that, while serving among humans has not made him "soft" or less of a warrior, his perspective on honor and duty has irrevocably diverged from that of his people. Unfortunately, this resolution left writers at a loss in later Worf/Klingon episodes, which were generally mediocre for the rest of the series.



    The other stories are not as great. I'm not a big Denise Crosby fan. There were some great Romulan adversaries in TNG played by Andreas Katsulas ("The Enemy", "The Defector", "Future Imperfect") and Carolyn Seymour ("Contagion", "Face of the Enemy"), but unfortunately they do not appear in this episode. In fact, Sela's aide is more convincing than Sela herself.



    The story with Data as a starship captain was of course inevitable, but the writers give it a cliched, predictable and prefunctory reading. This is really the kind of story that should have been developed over a full 45 minutes.



    Still, a more than enjoyable episode.moreless
  • Worf has joined with the Klingon High Council in a Civil War against Duras family and followers. It seems the elder Duras who died in episode “Reunion” has a son. It seems Duras has a lot of followers maybe influenced by Romulans.moreless

    9.6
    Worf has joined with the Klingon High Council in a Civil War against Duras family and followers. It seems the elder Duras who died in episode “Reunion” has a son. It seems Duras has a lot of followers maybe influenced by Romulans. Picard suspects this and consults with Starfleet. A blockade across the Klingon border helps catch the Romulans in the act. They try to break through where Data is command of the “Sutherland”. Data despite orders to retreat, Data exposes the Romulans. Good job Data. Guess who is aboard the Romlulan ship? Sela the daughter of Tasha Yar.moreless
  • "Sequel" to Yesterday's Enterprise.

    9.1
    This episode is a personal favorite of mine for many reasons. The first of which is the rather creative, but very Star Trek, way in which the Sela charactor came into being. Although this is not the first time she has appeared in an episode it is the first time she is seen outside of the shadows and gives an explanation of how she could be Tasha Yar's daughter (and coinincidently be played by Denise Crosby). This episode also saw Gowron officially become chancellor as his opposition, the Duras family, fell due to lack of support from their secret allies. If you ignore many of the obvious errors in the episode, such as the tachyon detection grid in space, I think you will enjoy it greatly.moreless
Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt./Lt. Cmdr. Worf

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Tony Todd

Tony Todd

Cmdr. Kurn

Guest Star

Barbara March

Barbara March

Lursa

Guest Star

Gwynyth Walsh

Gwynyth Walsh

B'Etor

Guest Star

Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby

Commander Sela

Recurring Role

Robert O'Reilly

Robert O'Reilly

Gowron

Recurring Role

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Guinan

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • When Data was commanding the USS Sutherland, he was still wearing his engineering (yellow) uniform. As the ship's captain, he should have been wearing a command (red) uniform.

    • Near the close of "Part I", Worf resigns his commission as a Starfleet officer. However, at the end of this episode, he simply requests permission from Picard to return to duty, which Picard grants. Presumably, it should be far more difficult to return to duty after resigning one's commission.

    • As was common on many episodes of TNG, Chief O'Brien is mistakenly shown wearing lieutenant's pips.

    • Sela says that the Federation fleet consists of exactly 23 starships, however both Federation and Romulan computer displays show no more than 17 vessels in the fleet.

    • The Federation puts out a tachyon net to track the Romulan Ships. However, this net cannot extend infinitely into space. Why don't the Romulan ships just cloak and go around the net? Also, if the ships are ten million kilometers apart, the net has gaps big enough for a fleet of ships to fly through.

    • The ships form a line to create a sort of dragnet, hoping to detect any cloaked ships which attempt to cross it. Picard, and Sela, seem to forget that space is 3 dimensional. They could easily go above or below it.

    • In the fight in the beginning, Worf reports that "aft shields are gone." In the very next scene, the two Klingon ships attacking them fire and the ship Worf is on absorbs the shots with its aft shielding.

    • In the fight in the beginning, a Klingon reports that the ship is entering the chromosphere. While the later scene involving the ship destroying the two behind it does appear to be close to the star, the scene in which that is reported shows the star well away on the viewscreen.

    • Picard's chair in his ready room is a different chair in this episode from that used in the rest of the series.

    • Worf gave no reaction when he saw Sela on the viewscreen in Lursa and B'Etor's quarters. Given that he worked closely with Tasha and had no prior knowledge of Sela's existence he should have given some sort of reaction.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Riker: Nicely done. I sure hope we know what we're doing.
      Picard: As do I, Number One.

    • Larg: May you die well.

    • Kurn: You and I will fight battles that others can only dream of. The time for glory is here. It is not a time to worry about stabilizers! It is a time to celebrate! For tomorrow we all may die!

    • Worf: You drink with our enemies?
      Kurn: How many are Gowron's men? How many Duras's? Does it matter? When we meet in battle, we fight to the death, but here, here we're all warriors! All Klingons!

    • Kurn: What's wrong? Kill him!
      Worf: No.
      Kurn: But it is our way. It's the Klingon way.
      Worf: I know. But it is not my way.

    • Larg: You are lucky, Kurn, but luck always runs out. Someday I will stand over your broken corpse and drink to the victory of the Duras!

    • Kurn: Celebrate, for tomorrow we all may die!

    • Lt. Cdr. Hobson: I'd like to request a transfer... I don't think I'll make a good first officer for you... I don't believe that an android is a particularly good choice for captain.
      Data: I understand the reasons for your concern. Request denied.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Sela gave Picard 20 hours to withdraw, which is close to one Romulan day.

    • The Nebula-class starship appears again in this episode, and has been slightly modified, as the Sutherland is noticably different from the Phoenix. This is most notable in the "dish" on the back of model; the Sutherland has a more triangular "dish" than the round dish of the Phoenix.

    • Robert O'Reilly and Jordan Lund would later be reunited in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Bounty."

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