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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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