Sons and Daughters (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
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|"Sons and Daughters"|
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode|
|Episode no.||Season 6|
|Directed by||Jesús Salvador Treviño|
|Written by||Bradley Thompson|
|Featured music||Jay Chattaway|
|Original air date||October 16, 1997|
"Sons and Daughters" is the third episode in the sixth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It is the 127th episode overall. This is set on a Klingon Bird of Prey spacecraft, introduced to the Star Trek franchise in the 1984 film The Search for Spock. The episode features various guest stars which fill in as the crew of the warbird, including J.G. Hertzler as General Martok and Gabrielle Union as N'Garen. Back on Deep Space Nine Kira navigates a difficult occupation.
The Klingon Bird of Prey must escort a cargo shipment to an exoplanet during the Dominion war.
Benjamin Sisko and his crew have been rescued from the uncharted planet in Dominion space upon which they were marooned in the previous episode, and they are dropped off at Starbase 375 by General Martok's ship, the Rotarran, which still includes Worf as first officer. The Rotarran then picks up some new recruits, including Alexander, Worf's estranged son, who has joined the Klingon Defense Force without his father's knowledge.
Worf and Alexander argue about Alexander's motivation for joining the military, and Worf tells his son that he does not have the heart of a warrior. Worf had accepted this, and he is now confused by seeing Alexander's determination to fight. Later, another member of the crew taunts Alexander about not being a true Klingon, as Alexander was raised by humans, and a fight breaks out. Worf breaks up the combat, afraid that Alexander will be injured or killed, a choice of which General Martok is highly critical. Alexander humiliates himself further on the command deck when he mistakes a simulation program for an attack on the ship.
Worf attempts to train his son in personal combat, but the training session quickly breaks down into an argument between father and son. Alexander asks if his father will send him away, as he did the last time that they were together, and says that Worf will be glad when he is dead. In an attempt to quash the tension between Worf and Alexander, Martok reassigns Alexander to a transport ship, which provokes another confrontation. This is interrupted by an attack on the ship by Jem'Hadar fighters.
Alexander distinguishes himself in the ensuing battle by stopping a plasma leak, though he somehow gets himself locked in a room and needs to be rescued. Worf gains a new respect for his son, as well as an understanding that, as an adult, he must choose his own path, and asks if they may start over, saying that he will try to be a better father. The episode ends with Alexander joining the House of Martok, as Worf had done.
Meanwhile, on Deep Space Nine, Kira Nerys and Odo attempt to get their new resistance movement off the ground. Gul Dukat brings his daughter Ziyal on board, hoping to use using Kira's affection for Ziyal to bring her closer to him. When Ziyal's art is accepted into a prestigious exhibition, Dukat invites Kira to a party to celebrate, sending her a beautiful dress as a gift. Kira is briefly tempted by Dukat's offer, having had conflicted feelings about him for some time, but finds that she cannot face herself in the dress and angrily returns it to him.
This episode established the brevity of Klingon childhood. Alexander Rozhenko had been conceived nine years prior in the Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2 episode, The Emissary, and first appeared as a young child in Season 4's Reunion. Alexander was still a school-aged child when the series ended, but appears as an adult in this episode, four seasons later.
Worf and Martok previously worked together on the same Bird of Prey spacecraft in Soldiers of the Empire (Broadcast April 28, 1997)
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