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TNG 1-20

TNG 1x20
"Heart of Glory"

Original airdate: 3/21/1988
Rewatch date: 8/1/2011

The Enterprise picks up some Klingon fugitives, and Worf must decide where his loyalties lie.

Spoiler-free notes:

When Worf reports that there's a battle in the Neutral Zone, it's the most excited we've seen him so far. He's practically grinning from ear to ear.

The opening of this episode is a little too close to the Kobayashi Maru scenario. Every bridge officer familiar with that test, assuming they still use it, is probably nervous when they cross into the Neutral Zone.

I really like the conversation Picard has with La Forge when he's watching what La Forge sees, but it seems like an awfully strange time to be conducting this experiment. Shouldn't they do this at some other time, like between missions, when there isn't such a high probability of danger?

We finally get to see the 24th Century replicators. Good thing they're programmed with Klingon cuisine.

"Why do you wish to anger me?" "To see if it is still possible." Good exchange.

The Klingon death ritual is bad-ass.

We finally get some backstory on Worf, and we finally find out there is peace--an alliance--between Klingons and the Federation. We also get the sense that there are many Klingons not happy about it.

I love that Klingons can make weapons out of their armor.

"I have tasted your heart!" Klingons know how to turn a phrase, don't they?

Picard trusts all of his crew implicitly, but he still keeps a nervous eye on Worf. He's a Klingon, after all.

Spoiler section:

This episode also sets up a lot of story to come. Though the main focus is on Worf, the story still gives us the problem of the Klingons, who feel half-impotent thanks to the Khitomer Accords. The story of the Klingons is a long one that reverberates throughout TNG and DS9, but it definitely didn't start here; it's been part of Star Trek's DNA from the very beginning.

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