Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 14

The Icarus Factor

Aired Unknown Apr 24, 1989 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (6)

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  • Riker is offered his own command, and the news is delivered by his estranged father.

    This is a character-based episode, with an A story featuring Commander Riker and his father (with Dr. Pulaski shoehorned in) and a B story featuring Worf – and some of his shipmates who are concerned about him. The Rikers' story is interesting in that it's one of the first times TNG uses friction between two "good guys" as a source of drama. This sort of thing would be explored more successfully in fourth season's "Family" but the writer's struggle with it here. The Worf subplot is short and sweet (and painful from his point of view, but that's a good thing for a Klingon) and includes John Tesh as a Klingon in a cameo. Mostly, though, this one's forgettable.