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The Emissary 

The Enterprise addresses the emergency of an old Klingon ship coming out of stasis and ready to fight the Federation. A half-Human/half Klingon emissary arrives to help, who once knew Worf intimately.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Richard Manning (television story by) | 5 more credits »


Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher (credit only)
Diana Muldaur ... Doctor Pulaski
Suzie Plakson ... K'Ehleyr
Lance LeGault ... Capt. K'Temoc (as Lance Le Gault)
Georgann Johnson ... Adm. Gromek
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Anne Ramsay ... Ensign Clancy (as Anne Elizabeth Ramsey)
Diedrich Bader ... Tactical Crewman (as Dietrich Bader)




The Enterprise is ordered to an emergency rendezvous to collect a special envoy traveling from Starbase 153. They are given no information about the nature of the emergency, just that they will be briefed by the emissary on arrival. She is K'Ehleyr, a half-human/half-Klingon who has been sent to deal with the Klingon warship T'Ong that has been found in deep space with a crew in long-term stasis. They predate the current peaceful coexistence between the Federation and the Klingon Empire and, as far as they are concerned, the Klingon warriors aboard are still at war. Worf has a solution to dealing with the warriors. Meanwhile, it appears that K'Ehleyr has a history - and perhaps at one time a romance - with Lieutenant Worf. Written by garykmcd

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Footage of the Klingon battle cruiser is reused from Star Trek (1979) with added disruptor and cloaking device effects. See more »


When K'Ehleyr asks the computer to list the holodeck calisthenics programs, it shows the list and highlights Worf's program before she tells it to. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Lieutenant, I order you to relax.
Lieutenant Worf: [agitated] I *am* relaxed!
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Firstborn (1994) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Worf's in love...
14 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a Worf episode--and Worf episodes are always quite good, as he is a very interesting character with a strong and likable presence. The show begins with an emissary from the Federation arriving at the Enterprise. However, speed is of the utmost importance, so this agent is sent in a tiny coffin-like machine flying at warp 9! Worf is surprised when out of the device walks K'Ehleyr--a woman he knows and who is of human and Klingon parentage. It's very obvious that they have a past--but what it is you'll have to see as the episode progresses. As to why she's there, it turns out that a ship filled with Klingon warriors has been in suspended animation for decades--well before the Empire joined the Federation. So, the worry is that when they awaken, they'll once again renew attacks on Federation space...needlessly killing untold innocent people.

As I said, it's a Worf episode and spends time allowing his character to grow and evolve. I wonder if they way the story eventually went with K'Ehleyr is what they originally intended or was someone else once envisioned for this could...

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24 June 1989 (USA) See more »

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