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TNG 2-20

TNG 2x20
"The Emissary"

Original airdate: 6/29/1989
Rewatch date: 9/28/2011

A Klingon emissary comes on board to brief the crew on a top secret mission, but her previous relationship with Lieutenant Worf threatens to derail the situation.

Spoiler-free notes:

At the beginning of the episode, Worf says "Klingons never bluff," and yet, at the climax, that's exactly how he defuses the situation with the T'Ong. It's a nice, subtle, and ironic bit of foreshadowing.

Why, exactly, haven't the Klingons done anything about the T'Ong before now?

This is twice in as many episodes that Data has been used as a "chaperone."

The way they deliberately avoid showing Worf and K'Ehleyr for several minutes after Worf announces he has a plan, and the way Picard doesn't explain the ruse in his log, is a little too obviously scripted to set up the audience. Granted, it's a great reveal.

I don't have a lot to say about this one, but I do enjoy it. Episodes that deal heavily with klingons and klingon relationships are always a touch more operatic in tone, and I am a sucker for it. I especially like the build up to K'Ehleyr and Worf's mating, as they fight out their sexual tension in Worf's battle simulation and then proceed to hone that passion into, well, sex. The ending is also poignant, ending on a slightly down note.

Spoiler section:

This is really just the preface to "Reunion," an even better (and even more operatic) episode.

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