Thursday, March 22, 2018

Episode Review - Initiations (Voyager, Season 2)

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Overview – While on a solo mission to perform a sacred and personal ritual, Chakotay encounters a young Kazon boy named Kar who has been sent to kill him. Defeating the boy, but not killing him, Chakotay is eventually captured by Kar’s sect, the Kazon Ogla. Chakotay soon finds himself having to fight to not only save himself, but to help Kar avoid being executed for failing to kill Chakotay. The two develop a unique bond.

Score: 7/10 – The second episode pf the second season gives us our first Chakotay-centric episode. The episode does a good job of really giving us an insight into the Maquis-turned-first officer, establishing him as a man of compassion balanced with action. We are given a look at the Kazon society, who up to this point just seemed like a lesser version of the Klingons. In preparing the script for this episode, it was decided that the Kazon should be modeled after street gangs that were in Los Angeles. The influence is recognizable as the young children (all males) are expected to earn their name by killing an enemy, or at least to die trying. It adds some depth to a species that has largely been overlooked after their introduction in Season 1. We also have the treat of seeing Aron Eisenberg play his second Trek character as the youth Kar. Kar is very different from Eisenberg’s more popular character, DS9’s Nog, but Eisenberg does a great job in this role. The story is fairly basic, with Chakotay trying to befriend Kar and help him escape the brutal life of a Kazon. He even goes as far as being willing to be killed to help Kar earn his name (with the idea that Voyager can resuscitate him shortly afterwards). The two share a unique bond, and the story does not quite turn out the way we would expect, but it is a good ending.

Relevance – 2 points. Scoring a point for the return of the Kazon Ogla, who were first encountered in “Caretaker”. They have had at least one new leader since then (the previous leader, Jabin, is not seen, and the new leader is Razik). Of course, by the end of this episode, Razik is also offed and a new leader is crowned. Another point is scored for the first mention of the Trabe, a civilization that once enslaved the Kazon and will be seen later this season.

Continuity – 3 points. Story continuity works here, as does the universe continuity. Most notably is how the Kazon are fleshed out a bit more. They have only been given a minimal degree of development, and now we get a better understanding as to why they are the way they are. Character continuity is also a go here. Chakotay acts in a way that we had not seen much of since the series’ pilot episode, being all spiritual one moment, all business the next, mixing iron will with compassion as only he can.

Character Development – 2 points. This is all about Chakotay. We see more of his spiritual side, his action side, and, more importantly, his nurturing side. It almost makes me wonder why he rose to be a leader among the Maquis as he shows himself to be full of compassion for an enemy. There is not much else in character development for this episode, and that is fine as Chakotay, being the first officer, has largely been a background character or has had to share the spotlight in previous episodes. There is a little hint of something with Neelix being left out of training drills that he wanted to be a part of, and we see a rare example of his experience being useful to Janeway, but the rest of the crew is there to simply find Chakotay.

Social Commentary – 2 points. The Kazon were meant to be mirrored after the LA street gangs. This works for the Kazon, and in the process gives us an parallel that grants us a glimpse into the lives of gang members. It definitely takes away the glamour that others tried to envision. We see the violence inherent in the gang system and how it is basically a sure way of shortening one’s life.

Cool Stuff – 1 point. Aron Eisenberg does a great job as Kar and establishes him as being very different from Nog. It is always cool to see an actor that you recognize in a different role.

Rank – Captain (17 points). A nice episode that gives Chakotay a chance to shine. Robert Beltran and Aron Eisenberg have some great chemistry together, which really provides the heart of the story.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Episode Review - Home (Enterprise, Season 4)

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Overview – Captain Archer and his crew finally reach home after successfully completing their mission to stop the Xindi from destroying Earth. As the crew are setting about relaxing and enjoying some much needed shore leave, they learn that the latest crisis has left Earth changed. In addition to that, T’Pol and Tucker travel to Vulcan together where T’Pol’s mother informs her daughter that the time to marry her fiancée is now. Each member of the crew seeks to adapt to the changes in their respective lives.

Score: 8/10 – Reminiscent of TNG’s episode “Family”, this episode takes the crew back to Earth to be debriefed and recuperate from overcoming the latest crisis. Several of the main characters each have their own story as they deal with the aftermath of the Xindi crisis. Archer is struggling with the emotional consequences of some of his decisions, and the toll of those choices reaches a breaking point when he snaps at Soval. T’Pol and Tucker must rectify their feelings for each other, but it does not end the way we may have expected it as T’Pol ends up marrying Koss with Trip witnessing the ceremony. As for the rest of the crew, an interesting story of xenophobia that has gripped Earth encircles them, focussing mostly on Phlox being the target of the hatred while Travis, Malcolm, and Hoshi support the good doctor. This almost should have been a two part episode to allow each of the stories to develop more, but what we are given is sufficient for our characters and is a nice break after the exhausting Xindi conflict. I found the xenophobic storyline to be the most interesting, and yet it received the least amount of air time. The good news is that its theme is picked up later in the season. It was nice that the T’Pol-Tucker story did not follow the typical “forbidden love” angle which would have had Tucker somehow stopping the wedding. The end part of that story leaves it open-ended for the time being, and it will also feature prominently in future storylines. With Archer, we are introduced to Captain Erica Hernadez, who is a nice potential love interest for Archer. She will show up again as well. Overall, this episode does a good job at changing gears of the show, finally putting the Xindi arc behind and moving forward with some interesting new ideas.

Relevance – 3 points. Obviously we bring closure to the Xindi conflict. In this episode it is revealed that 27 members of Archer’s crew died on that mission. We also see how many of the decisions that Archer made on that mission have been haunting him. Archer makes several references to episodes from the past three years, most notably “Impulse” where Archer had to destroy a Vulcan ship with all her crew. There is also the appearance of Koss, T’Pol’s fiancée who was mentioned in Season 1. Their storyline has more to be told. We also have the seeds sown of the xenophobic group called “Terra Prime” with the anti-alien sentiments that are witnessed by Phlox and the others. A lot of storylines are either continued or have the foundations established in this episode, making it important to see.

Continuity – 3 points. Story continuity and universe continuity are both good here. Character continuity is also good. I especially found Phlox’s response to the racism shown against him interesting. At first, I thought he would not have chosen to remain on the ship when invited to go for his beloved egg drop soup, but upon further reflection it makes sense. Phlox has always been one who would rather avoid making people upset, and while he will defend his patients with passion, he is less likely to make a scene on his own behalf.

Character Development – 3 points. A lot goes on here for our crew, with Archer, T’Pol, and Tucker seeing the most advancement. Archer gets to finally deal with all the negative emotions that have built up over the last season. T’Pol gets married, and Tucker finally admits that he has feelings for her. For both of them this episode is significant in their development. Even the other crew members get some attention. We see Phlox persecuted for being an alien, and then see him calmly withdraw internally. Mayweather and Reed defend him in a bar brawl, but Sato tries to comfort him emotionally. It showed how close these four had become throughout the series.

Social Commentary – 3 points. There are three stories here, and each carries its own message and/or commentary. Archer’s deals with the emotional toll of hard decisions and shows us that it is necessary for us to deal with these types of emotions as soon as it is expedient. T’Pol and Tucker deal with the forbidden love. If we are not true to our own feelings towards others, we may find that those we love may be forced to choose someone else. Finally, with Phlox’s tale, we have an extremely relevant message about the dangers of xenophobia. This, as mentioned previously, will come into full fruition in a later episode. Regardless of which, the warning against hating those who are different could not be more relevant than today.

Cool Stuff – 2 points. I have to score a point for Phlox’s defence face. That was one cool little surprise. I also want to score a point for the scenes on Vulcan and the rock-climbing that Archer and Hernadez were doing. It was some great views we able to witness.

Rank – Admiral (22 points). This episode may be lacking in some of the action that was prevalent in the two-part season opener and much of the previous season, but “Home” gives us a nice break. It advances most of the main characters and lays some important groundwork for the rest of the season.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Episode Review - Far Beyond the Stars (Deep Space Nine, Season 6)

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Overview – Captain Sisko is hosting his father visiting the station. Recent news of the apparent death of a good friend, Quentin Swofford, is causing Ben to rethink his career path. The captain finds that he is seeing people dressed in 1950s garb, and goes to see Bashir. The Julian runs some tests on him, and notices that Sisko’s neural patterns are similar to when he was experiencing visions a year ago. As Sisko takes a look at the readings, he suddenly finds himself on a street in New York City in the 1950s. People around him look familiar (the newsstand vendor looks and sounds like an alien character named Nog), and he no longer sees himself as Benjamin Sisko, Starfleet Captain, but Benny Russel, science fiction writer. At his office, Benny takes a picture of a space station that inspires him to write a story about a space station on the edge of the galaxy, a story that he calls “Deep Space Nine”. As Benny becomes involved in writing his Deep Space Nine stories, he has to confront the racism inherent in that era, both from the violence perpetuated by corrupt police officers and an editor who does not want to anger readers with stories of “negroes in space”, Benny endures with the support of his fiancée Cassie (of whom Benny based the character of Kassidy Yates off of) and a mysterious street corner preacher that looks like Ben Sisko’s father, who admonishes “Brother Benny” to follow the prophets. After being brutally beaten by the two corrupt police officers, Benny is fired from his writing job and suffers from a nervous breakdown. While he is being taken away in an ambulance, he sees the preacher, comforting him, and Ben Sisko awakens in the infirmary, and his neural pathways are returning to normal. He remembers the vision that he had been given, and seems to have found a new resolve from this perspective that had been bestowed upon him

Score: 10/10 – “Far Beyond the Stars” is one of the greatest episodes of television and science fiction ever conceived. I could leave it there and have few arguments made against it, but I must elaborate. The story came from Marc Scott Zicree, the teleplay was written by Ira Steven Behr and Hans Beimer, and the episode was directed by Avery Brooks, who himself gave a performance as both Benjamin Sisko and Benny Russel that should have earned him an Emmy. This episode is why I have zero faith in awards shows like the Emmys for not recognizing the amazing work that people in Star Trek and science fiction in general do. The worthy nominations in things like effects and makeup aside, it is a shame that there is such a blatant bias against acting in sci-fi and franchise shows in general. There is so much that makes this episode a gem. It hits every mark there is. Excellent acting, check. Engaging story, check. Exploring relevant and timeless issues, check. A deeper exploration of the human condition, big check. It is wonderful to see all of the actors out of makeup and performing roles that are fresh. I really liked how each person had their counterpart character similar to yet different enough from their main character that they play on the show. Seeing how each person from Sisko’s world fits into Benny Russel’s world and vice versa was a lot of fun to watch. We also are given a real hard look into a dark part of America’s past that is still affecting the country today. The racism shown then still exists today, and the story does not pull any punches with it. Overall, a brilliant episode in every respect.

Relevance – 3 points. A point scored for establishing the Benny Russell character that will return in the Season 7 opening story arc. Without seeing this episode, some of the events of “Shadows and Symbols” will not make sense. I am also scoring a point for the reference to the episode “Rapture”, where Sisko first experienced the visions from the Prophets. I am going to score the third point for the depiction of the racism in the 1950s that seems to have a great effect on Sisko. In the next season’s holo-adventure episode “Badda Bing, Badda Bang”, Sisko shows that he has some reservations of helping out Vic Fontaine in his Vegas club due to the fact that it glossed over the racism in the 1960s. In fact, he was quite upset about it, and this episode gave Sisko the experience that showed him how ugly racism was back then. This shows how much of a long-lasting effect that this experience had on the good Captain.

Continuity – 3 points. Honestly, I cannot think about how any part of this episode goes against any type of continuity. It’s a bit of an easy pass as most of the story is a vision given to Sisko by the prophets/wormhole aliens. Because of that, any inconsistencies within the characters or story is covered. Universe continuity is intact as the prophets have used these visions before to communicate to Sisko, so it is no stretch of the imagination that they are giving him this type of adventure.

Character Development – 2 points. A soli Sisko episode, but sadly no other main cast character is given anything meaningful to do. O’Brien, Odo, and Quark do not even appear in the episode. Still, we see the burdens of war take their toll on Sisko, with the death of his friend almost being the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. His vision/experience from the prophets once again gives Sisko the spiritual grounding that he needed in order to continue the good fight.

Social Commentary – 3 points. Yes, racism is a main theme in this episode. Recently, it seems that America has made little progress since the 1950s in its racial relations. There is still much to be learned in that regard. Having said that, I feel that racism is only a means to a greater end here and is not the central idea. What seems apparent to me is the idea that in dealing with the issues of our current situation, we sometimes need to refocus our perspectives and outlooks by examining our roots and our past. We need to learn that sometimes we have to make a stand, even if it means we are going to fall. Also, Benny failed in both his efforts to publish his stories and in his mental health. At the end of it all, he was pushed past his breaking point. From that, Sisko still learned what he needed to learn and found the strength he needed to find. Failure is as powerful a teaching tool as any.

Cool Stuff – 3 points. Wow, what isn’t cool about this episode? First off, seeing all the actors playing different roles was a lot of fun. I bet Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, Aron Eisenberg, and J.G. Hertzler all enjoyed having an episode without once having to wear all the heavy make-up they were accustomed to with their roles. I also am giving a point for Benny’s breakdown scene. Avery Brooks shows his dedication as an actor in one of the most powerful scenes in all of Star Trek (if not all of television). Why he didn’t even get an Emmy nomination for his work in this episode is beyond me. Finally, I have to score a point for the many Easter Eggs about Star Trek that were woven into the story. There were some obvious ones, such as the preacher telling Benny to “follow the prophets”, but there was much more. A picture entitled “Honeymoon and Andoris” was a direct reference to the planet Andoria, the cover of the “Incredible Tales” magazine has several Original Series episode titles as the stories, the Arthur Trill building, and Nana Visitor’s character of K.C. Hunter, a writer who uses initials of her first name to hide her gender, is an ode to legendary Trek writer D.C. Fonatana.

Rank – Admiral (24 points). A near perfect score for a perfect episode. “Far Beyond the Stars” is Star Trek at its finest, and it is both beautiful and compelling in its delivery. The themes discussed are still relevant and timeless, and if this is not on your Top 10 DS9 episode list, you better have a real good explanation for it. The ideas that Sisko is left with (that he is both the dreamer and the dream) is the result of excellent writing. The acting is excellent, and Avery Brooks was the perfect choice for directing this episode, in spite of him playing the lead character. Truly, this is a masterpiece of science fiction.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Episode Review - Hunters (Voyager, Season 4)

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Overview – While trying to receive a message from Starfleet command, the crew of the USS Voyager encounter the Hirogen, a vicious species of hunters, intent on testing their limits by hunting the ultimate prey. Meanwhile, the crew are trying to access an ancient relay station that they discovered in their last adventure to obtain letters from their loved ones back home. Much of the story revolves around the crew coming to grips with the news that they received from home. Some get good news, while others are heart-broken.

Score: 8/10 – Following a fun episode in “Message in a Bottle”, we are given “Hunters”, which I found to be a slightly misleading title. Indeed, the Hirogen hunters are more like a secondary story to give a reason for disabling the communication array and again cut off Voyager from Starfleet. The primary focus of this episode is the letters that the crew receive from home, and the effect they have on the crew. Seeing how Torres, Kim, Chakotay, Paris, Tuvok, and Janeway react to their specific news is very interesting. The Hirogen angle does provide some strong and exciting action and lays some necessary foundations for the new adversaries of Janeway’s people. We learn a lot about their culture in the short amount of air time that they are given. I guess my biggest issue with this episode was that there wasn’t more Hirogen, but in hindsight I think it was a better call to give us a smaller introduction than what we received.

Relevance 3 points. One point is scored for picking up from where the last episode, “Message in a Bottle”, left off. The Doctor briefly discusses his mission as he talks to Seven. Another point is scored for the first of the letters that the crew receives from home. This will become an important part of the crew’s routine for the rest of the season, although the connection to home is lost by the end of the episode. Thankfully, they are able to re-establish connection again. These letters in this episode provide some particularly important news for the crew (the fate of the Maquis in particular will hit Torres fairly hard in a future episode). We also score a point for the official meeting between the Hirogen and Voyager. There are many more things that can score points here, but suffice it to say that this episode, paired with the previous one, sets a new tone for the series.

Continuity – 2 points. Universe continuity gets a go here as this gives us the first chapter in the Hirogen (I consider the previous episode’s encounter with them to be more of a prologue). The Hirogen are kept fairly consistent from the introduction they are given here throughout the rest of the series. Story line is good as well. As far as character continuity, it was largely intact with one notable exception. When Tuvok and Seven are captured by the Hirogen, Tuvok uses threats to get the Hirogen to release them and leave Voyager alone. While it is logical to try to intimidate a formidable opponent, it really didn’t seem to work at first. I would have expected Tuvok to then get a good read on his new opponent and develop another strategy, perhaps try to use their arrogance and violent nature against them, but he continues to goad them. When I re-watched the episode, it just felt odd that he would act this way, so I have to take a point off for it.

Character Development – 3 points. While no character gets a full treatment, several do get some good attention. Superficially, Neelix gets a new duty as morale officer by taking on the role of mailman. More deeply, we see each crew member affected by the letters from home. Janeway receives a letter from her former fiancée, indicating that he has married someone else. Tuvok learns that he is a grandfather. Tom gets a letter from his father, which opens up old wounds. Harry waits for word from his parents, and is overjoyed when he receives one at the last minute. Torres gets the biggest shock when she learns that the vast majority of her friends among the Maquis are dead, and the lucky few who survived are in prison. We also see various members of the cast provide support to one another as they deal with the issues that the letters bring up. Meanwhile, the Hirogen add a different element to the mix. Janeway shows strong mettle against a superior adversary. Seven and Tuvok also make a strong stand against their captors. Lots to consider here, but I think the letters provide the greater source of growth for the main cast.

Social Commentary – 1 point. I am forced to admit that there is not a whole lot of social commentary in this episode, which does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the story. I suppose there is something to be said about letters from home and how a long absence can change things, but those ideas and thoughts will be further fleshed out in future episodes.

Cool Stuff – 2 points. I must give a point for the appearance of Tiny Ron (best known as Maihar’du, the giant servant of grand Nagus Zek. Here, he plays the alpha Hirogen hunter Idrin. It seems that he has more lines in this single episode with his character than he does in seven episodes of DS9. I am also scoring a point for the Hirogen and their ship. They have an intimidating look due to their large size and the use of the body parts of their prey as decorations.

Rank - Captain (19 points). While this episode is a bit of drop in energy levels from the really fun “Message in a Bottle”, it is still exciting and touching. It firmly establishes the new nemesis for Voyager and lays the foundations for some important character development that is to come in future episodes, most notably for B’Elana Torres.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Episode Review - Soldiers of the Empire (Deep Space Nine, Season 5)

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OverviewWork and Jadzia accompany Martok on his first command since escaping the Dominion prison. His ship, the IKS Rotarran, is a ship plagued with failure and low morale among her crew. With Worf as first officer, Martok is ordered to find a missing Klingon cruiser that was patrolling close to Dominion territory. As the mission proceeds, Worf begins to doubt Martok’s courage and ability to lead and is faced with a difficult choice between loyalty to his friend and loyalty to his crew

Score: 8/10Here we get to see what “Star Trek: Klingon Empire” might have looked like. Fans of the Klingons have a lot to be happy about in this episode in that we get to see life aboard a Klingon ship in a greater depth than we have seen since TNG’s second season episode “A Matter of Honor”. This episode is where the character of Martok truly finds its footing and he becomes a great and complex addition to DS9’s already impressive secondary cast. The tension among the crew is palpable, and the Klingon crew quickly start to establish themselves as interesting characters. From the disheartened soldier who feels the ship is cursed to the hopeful engineer to the disillusioned veteran who just wants the world to burn around him, each one adds some spice to the mix. Worf is showcased in one of the best ways, and adds further evidence that adding him to DS9 was one of the best things that could have happened to this character. The storyline had fairly good pacing throughout the episode, and the build up to Worf’s ultimate showdown with Martok was brilliantly executed. Upon first viewing we were uncertain as to whether or not Worf was going to kill Martok or not, and it’s always good to keep us guessing. The scenes where the rest of the Federation crew are having to deal divide up Worf’s responsibilities among themselves is little more than filler and a touch of comic relief, but if not for those couple scenes there would have been little reason to include many of them in the episode at all. As it were, Quark and Jake are absent from this episode, and if not for that little device there may not have been reason to see Kira or O’Brien. A very strong episode that gives us a different experience.

Relevance - 3 points. One point for following up with the events of “In Purgatory’s Shadow” where Martok is rescued from the Dominion internment camp. Martok is given a command again, and he is (initially) chomping at the bit. A point is also awarded for Martok, being touched by Worf’s loyalty, is adopted into the house of Martok. This will have a few repercussions later on. The IKS Rotarran will be Martok’s flagship from this point on as well, and while we will not see the Klingons that we were introduced to in this episode again, the ship is a big part of the DS9 whenever Martok is involved.There also could be a point for Nog showing his intimidation by Worf and Martok, which will be played out over the next few episodes, but we already have full points in this category. It is worth a mention, at least.

Continuity – 3 points. Universe continuity is good here, especially with respect to the examination into Klingon culture that we are given. If there was going to be a Klingon ship where honor, valor, and hope were in short supply, they nailed it perfectly here. Story and character continuity intertwine here, and both are done well. I like how they show that Martok lost more than his eye at the internment camp, and how Worf was torn between honoring the friend who saved him in that camp and snapping him out of his funk for the sake of the crew shows us the real honor in our favourite Klingon. Martok’s PTSD that he demonstrates here is typically Klingon. If a Klingon were to suffer from this disorder, the way it was shown would likely be the way.

Character Development – 3 points. In this category I have to focus on the main cast, so while this is Martok’s moment to shine, I cannot give his development much more than a mention. Thankfully, this episode also does a lot to develop Jadzia and Worf, both as a couple and as individuals. We get to see Jadzia in full Klingon mode, more than we saw in “Blood Oath”. She finds that she can successfully act as both Worf’s subordinate and lover at the same time, and seems to understand the situation on the Rotarran better than any Klingon on board. She holds her own with Worf and also knows when to step aside. Worf, of course, is given a great story here. His desire to put his own life at risk in order to save the honor, confidence, and reputation of his friend is noteworthy. I really enjoyed the lengths that Worf went to here. For a Klingon raised outside of the Empire most of his life, he seems to have a better understanding of Klingon honor than almost any Klingon we have seen.

Social Commentary – 3 points. There is a fair bit that can be discussed in this one Klingon-centered story here. First, there is the truth of PTSD that we see in Martok. The wounds, both physical and mental, inflicted on him at the hands of the Dominion are real, and while we will see Martok become one of the mightiest warriors ever seen in the Empire, he first must defeat his greatest enemy in his own fears. Added to this is Worf, who must choose between protecting his friend and supporting the crew of the Rotarran from a cowardly captain. Sometimes, in order to best help our friends, we must stand against them.

Cool Stuff – 2 points. The general feel of this episode is just very cool. It is nice to see how life on a Klingon ship works without having an outsider perspective like we did in “A Matter of Honor”. Where Riker needed to learn what life on a Klingon vessel is like, Worf already knows and slips into the role with a great deal of familiarity. This allows us a look into the life of a demoralized ship without an obvious note given to the fans. So just the feel of this episode is cool for that reason. I also want to score a point for three of the Klingon guest stars, each one having previously appeared on Voyager. Sandra Nelson plays Tavana, but before that she was the mysterious Marayna in the episode “Alter Ego”. The late David Graf (known to comedy fans as the trigger-happy Tackleberry in the 80s Police Academy franchise) previously played Amelia Earhart’s navigator in the Voyager’s “The 37s”. Here, he is the unstable and witty Leskit. Finally, we have Rick Worthy as the curse-believing Koman. Worthy appeared in Voyager in a dual role as feuding androids in “Prototype”, and will be cast in several Trek roles later on. Most notably as the Xindi Aboreal diplomat Jannar in Enterprise.

Rank – Admiral (22 points). If Star Trek: Klingon Empire ever needed a pilot episode, this could have done the job. It was a very different take on one of Trek’s most popular species and cultures and firmly establishes Martok as a force to be reckoned with. His personal struggles with PTSD are an acute message about how serious this topic is.

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