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Rightful Heir 

During Worf's crisis of faith on Boreth, Kahless the Unforgettable makes his promised legendary return, but Klingon leader Gowron challenges his authenticity.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ronald D. Moore (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge (credit only)
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Alan Oppenheimer ... Koroth
Robert O'Reilly ... Gowron
Norman Snow ... Torin
Charles Esten ... Divok
Kevin Conway ... Kahless
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


Caught for dereliction of duty, Worf is placed on leave and given time to get his personal affairs in order. In the process of doing so, he summons forth Kahless, the ancient Klingon who, legends claim, will bring the Klingon empire together as one, even though his appearance threatens to split the Empire into two. Written by Moviedude1/edited by statmanjeff

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English | Klingon

Release Date:

15 May 1993 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Much of the lore of Kahless, revealed here, originated from dialogue cut for time from "Birthright, Part II," See more »


When Kahless walks into the holodeck to meet Gowron, when the holodeck door closes (off-screen) the wrong door sound effect is heard. The sound effect heard is the "whish" sound associated with cabin and turbolift doors, not the sound associated with the much larger cargo bay and holodeck doors. See more »


Gowron: I oppose you. I say you are not Kahless, and I will not bend my knee to you as long as I can draw breath - or pick up a blade.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Klingon Fundamentalism
2 October 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is an odd one. Worf is distracted because of another one of those Klingon times where he is having trouble doing his job. When Picard checks in with him, the Captain makes the decision to send his security officer to a planet where a council is meeting. We have heard there is a kind of Klingon Mohammed, Kehless, who is supposedly to return at some time to bring the Empire to greater heights. As Worf meditates, he suddenly sees the guy in the flesh. He has all the credentials as a DNA and brain analysis shows. He also has great knowledge of all the things he should. The kicker, however, is that when he engages with the head of the council, he is defeated, and Kahless would never be defeated. Now Worf, who has been taken in and defended the guy, is faced with a loss of faith. What can be done now? This man has the potential to bring the Empire into a new era, but he is really a fake. Not to mention that Gowren, the current leader is immersed in all his war-like glory and power. That's what this is all about. I don't know. It's awfully far- fetched in its presentation and a little too contrived.

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