The Great Star Trek TNG Rewatch: The Emissary

When Federation emissary K’Ehleyr is sent to the Enterprise, her mission is to deal with a ship of cryogenically frozen Klingons from the 23rd century, who must be convinced that they at peace with the Federation before they go on the attack. But K’Ehleyr is not only half Klingon herself, she also has a history with Lieutenant Worf – one he seems reluctant to acknowledge.

It’s Worf’s turn to get some action in this episode, with the introduction of the brilliant K’Ehleyr. Half-Klingon, half-human, she has the violent temper and primal urges of a Klingon, coupled with a very human sense of humour. The main framing story is only slightly interesting, but it’s a good character piece, which gives Worf something to do beyond opening hailing frequencies and having his decisions overruled.

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  • K’Ehleyr explains that humans and Klingons have ‘compatible’ DNA, but that conceiving a child requires ‘some help’. That being said, she and Worf conceived Alexander in this episode, so it can’t take that much help. Especially as K’Ehleyr’s mixed species heritage could have easily meant that she was sterile.
  • In Klingon tradition, after a couple has sex they should take an oath and get married. What about casual sex? Anyway, Worf tries to force K’Ehleyr into this marriage, even though she is reluctant – it feels a lot like the Klingon patriarchy riding roughshod over individual choices. Worf basically tries to forcibly marry K’Ehleyr and then sulks because she doesn’t want to.
  • Another poker game between the senior officers, and more string betting! I am contractually obliged by my viewing companion to mention this, so apologies for the inevitable repetition.
  • Are all holodeck programs public, or can people make their individual programs private? “Picard Wanking Program 1, please”.

Summary – The Emissary: Another good Klingon episode.

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