Episode #46: The Emissary

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Episode #46: The Emissary

Post  BoG on Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:21 pm

THE EMISSARY - episode #20 of 2nd season / Air Date: 6/26/89
written by Richard Manning, Hans Beimler; Directed by Cliff Bole

The Emissary is the half-human/half-Klingon K'Ehleyr (Suzie Plakson), sent to the Enterprise by the unconventional means of being inside a probe to prep everyone for a tricky mission: confront a Klingon ship of which the crew has just awoken from a long cryogenic sleep. The bad part: these Klingons have been asleep for 75 years; when they went to sleep, the Federation and the Klingon Empire had been at war; their first step will be to attack nearby Federation colonies. K'Ehleyr is of the strong opinion that there will be no reasoning with these Klingons and Picard will just have to destroy them. But, Picard asks for other options (he is a.. pacifist).

Another fly in the ointment: Picard commands Worf to work with K'Ehleyr on another solution, but Worf & K'Ehleyr have some kind of history (it's a small galaxy, I guess, or quadrant). Worf gets even more grouchy than usual (I've always wondered how Worf was able to get as far in Starfleet as he did when, in episodes such as this, even Picard can barely control him in his mood changes). Worf and K'Ehleyr get together in the holodeck for Worf's calisthenics program and end up doing it (off camera) after the fighting. The results of this will be known in the future episode Reunion.

Plakson as K'Ehleyr offers an interesting character - she has a biting sense of humor, always laced with sarcasm, but also suppresses a lot of Klingon anger. There's some overacting on the part of Plakson here and some of the dialog is overdone, but overall she presents a colorful, memorable character. She also oozes a lot of sex appeal, Klingon forehead or not, so it's no wonder she was returned and she has her share of fans. Also, the eventual solution here (by Worf) is pretty good. BoG's Score: 7 out of 10

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