Itís our first look at post-treaty Klingons. The episode does a good job of establishing the concepts of what Klingons are going to be in TNG. (It certainly gives them a better introduction than the Ferengi get in The Last Outpost. Like Konmel says, ďAs adversaries the Ferengi are not very worthy.Ē) The Klingon death ritual is a good touch. Unfortunately, the execution of the episode is in many ways so lacking that it almost seems to have been done by children.
Tasha beams the landing party and Klingons from the Batris to the Enterprise in a scene that is plainly intended to be suspenseful. The music rises to an exciting crescendo (itself a stock cue without a lick of originality) as the shots cut back and forth between the transporter room and the Batris, everybody puts on a worried look, and the transporter works then doesnít work then finally works and gets everybody to the Enterprise at the last possible moment just as the Batris explodes. Itís as if it were written, directed and edited by kids mimicking what they have seen in suspenseful scenes in other works, but who understand it so little that they donít realize a necessary ingredient is some uncertainty about whatís going to happen or how itís going to happen. In another moment of psuedo-tension, the Klingons ask Worf to betray the Enterprise and join them as Worf looks back and forth, the music rises, and we cut to commercial. Frankly, I find it embarrassing to watch. (That happens a lot in S1.)
The Klingons narrate the story of how they defeated the Ferengi with phrases like, ďWe had only one chance,Ē as if somebody thinks it makes the story dramatic or interesting. The Klingons beam with pride as if theyíre describing something clever and original, but itís a perfectly ordinary tale of false surrender, devoid of any novelty. The tactic is as old as warfare, itís obvious and known to most adults. We donít see it a lot because itís prohibited by the Geneva Convention.
The escape from the brig is similarly hackneyed and too obvious to be believable. Yet we spend nearly a full minute watching the Klingons put their gun together. (The guards, as is typical, donít bother to watch.) The director (Rob Bowman) evidently thought it was interesting enough to be worth that much of our time. Itís like asking people to read a big wall of text griping about obvious flaws in the episode that...