Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991): S04E26 – Redemption, Part 01


Introduction

“Redemption” is the name of a two-part episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Parts I and II of “Redemption” comprise the 100th and 101st episodes of the series, also being the fourth season finale and the fifth season premiere.

Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet crew of the Federation starship Enterprise-D. In this episode, as Captain Picard travels to the Klingon homeworld to oversee Gowron’s installation as leader of the High Council, the Enterprise is intercepted by a ship bearing the future leader himself. Gowron reveals he has learned that the surviving members of the vengeful Duras family are plotting to incite civil war within the Empire. Not long after, Gowron’s installation ceremony is interrupted by the arrival of the Duras sisters, Lursa and B’Etor, who announce that Toral, the son of their dead brother Duras, will challenge Gowron for leadership. Worf, taking a leave of absence from Starfleet, meets with Gowron and offers him the support of an alliance of Klingon warships led by his brother Kurn, if Gowron will restore his family’s honour. Gowron would prefer United Federation of Planets’ help, but when the Duras faction attacks his ship, it seems that Worf is the only ally at hand.

Although previously opposed to getting the Federation involved in the Klingon civil war, Picard decides that he must help expose a disturbing fact: Romulans are supporting the disruptive Klingon faction led by the conniving Duras sisters. In the meantime, Worf is kidnapped and delivered to Lursa and B’Etor, who want Worf to join their side. Picard is unnerved when he is approached by Sela, a mysterious Romulan officer who bears an uncanny resemblance to Tasha Yar, the Enterprise’s dead security chief.

Outline

Captain Jean-Luc Picard (as K’mpec’s chosen “Arbiter of Succession”) and the Enterprise-D are asked to attend the installation of Gowron as the Leader of the Klingon High Council. Gowron informs Picard that the House of Duras will challenge Gowron’s position and may lead to a Klingon civil war. Meanwhile, Worf requests a leave of absence to visit his brother, Kurn, who controls a small fleet of Birds of Prey, and to urge him to back Gowron, as, once installed as the Leader, Gowron can reinstate their family name.

Interrupting the ceremony, the Duras sisters present their deceased brother’s illegitimate son, Toral, who has the lineage to challenge Gowron. Picard is called on to determine Toral’s candidacy. Relying on Klingon law, Picard comes to the conclusion that Toral is too inexperienced to be Leader. Gowron returns to his ship to meet with Worf, who offers his brother’s fleet’s support in exchange for the return of his family name to honour. Gowron initially refuses, but they are attacked by two ships loyal to the House of Duras. Worf and the arrival of Kurn’s fleet dispatch the attackers. Picard completes the rite and installs Gowron as Leader; Gowron restores Worf’s family honour.

Gowron and the Enterprise crew learn that the Duras sisters are assembling a fleet to incite a civil war. As the Federation cannot get involved in internal affairs, Worf resigns his commission from Starfleet to assist Gowron and Kurn. As the Enterprise evacuates the area before open conflict begins, Toral and the Duras sisters consider Picard a coward, but their Romulan ally, a woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to the late Tasha Yar, emerges from the shadows and warns them that Picard may return.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Cliff Bole.
  • Writer(s): Ronald D. Moore.
  • Release Date: 17 June 1991.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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