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If there are any problems, pleases ask us to resolve it amicably before leaving any feedback. Sulu and Rand are both given a decent amount of face time in this episode and have some awesome scenes with Tuvok. From the serious to the funny, it's a really enjoyable episode. It's awesome seeing Sulu in command, seeing Rand play a key role and having Kang pop up in an unexpected cameo. When Dax hears that Kor is in a holding cell, she goes and tells him she used to be his old friend Curzon. They meet Koloth and Kang, who announces he has found the Albino.
It turns out Curzon was the godfather to Kang's son, who was named Dax, and he took a blood oath to avenge his death along with the sons of Koloth and Kor, who were murdered by the Albino.
Dax struggles with whether to stick to Curzon's oath, even though Kang says she's free of it, and ultimately decides she has to go. She speaks with Kor, fights Koloth in a holosuite and convinces Kang to let her go with them after angering him. Dax realizes Kang plans to die and agreed to the Albino's invitation for an honorable battle.
Dax persuades him to try and win, leading to some great Klingon combat scenes. While they are able to kill the Albino, both Kang and Koloth are lost in the battle.
It's great seeing how these warriors have aged and are dealing with that, as well as how they respond to Jadzia. Learning about their shared pasts offered insight into the larger history of the franchise as well as revealed the histories of these characters on a personal level.
It was a very creative and plausible way to connect the two different eras, giving us one of the best crossover episodes of Star Trek. Here the Enterprise is hosting the first meeting between the Federation and the Lagarans.
They pick up Spock's father Sarek from The Original Series to act as ambassador, and it's rumored he will retire after this last mission. It becomes clear that something is up with Sarek during the voyage as he sheds tears during a musical performance and the crew starts to experience bouts of extreme anger that only started once Sarek came aboard. They determine Sarek must have Bendii syndrome and Captain Picard confronts Sarek about it, leading to an emotional scene and an intense one-on-one conversation between the two. Eventually the Captain goes through a mind-meld with Sarek to help him control his emotions during the negotiations.
Patrick Stewart and Mark Lenard are excellent in this episode. They handle the emotional scenes beautifully, and how they play off each other is perfect. He disappeared without warning and there are concerns he may have defected. Picard heads to Vulcan to see if Sarek knows anything and finds him very sick with his emotions taking over. He is able to eventually speak with Picard and mentions a Romulan senator Spock may have went to see. With a Klingon ship, Picard and Data cross the neutral zone and head to Romulus, along the way learning that Sarek has died.
Once on Romulus they find Spock, who explains he's there on a personal mission to help those Romulans interested in learning about Vulcan and see if reunification between the two planets is possible. Unfortunately it turns out the proconsul Spock is dealing with is not interested in reunification but conquest. In the end they're able to stop a Romulan invasion force from making its way to Vulcan, but Spock still refuses to leave the planet. He is determined to stay behind and continue to help.
Mark Lenard is again brilliant here in his role as Sarek. This time he must portray the beloved character as even more ill and he plays the scene with Picard perfectly.
His discussion about Spock with Picard is a fitting last way to see the character in the franchise.. It all results in an amazing and unforgettable two-parter.
The Klingon spy Darvin shows up in the present and takes the crew back in time to try to change the events that took place on the K7 deep space station. This results in the Deep Space Nine cast having to blend in to the time period, dressing in the old uniforms and trying to investigate while avoiding too much contact with anyone.
They don't completely get away with not interacting with the original Enterprise crew, though, leading to some awesome moments where it looks like Kirk and the others really are speaking with the current cast. They ultimately catch Darvin and return to the present, leaving the timeline intact. Other than an actual appearance by the present-day Darvin, this melding with The Original Series may mostly be thanks to technology, but "Trials and Tribble-ations" is still the best crossover in the entire TV franchise. It brilliantly mixes the two generations of Star Trek in an impressively seamless way, where it really does look like the two casts are interacting in many of the scenes.
Plus "The Trouble with Tribbles" is full of so much to play with thanks to its humor and drama that this follow up episode has it all. There are high stakes and tons of amazing moments. We get a sense of Dax's history in this period, witness a hilarious discussion between Odo and Worf about tribbles, see O'Brien and Bashir questioned by Kirk and so much more.
It even ends fittingly with the tribbles making their way into the present and breeding on the station! Which crossover episode between Star Trek TV series is your favorite? Tell us in the comments! Update your browser for more security and the best experience on this site. Skip to main content. Latest Stories. Tag: Movies. Tag: Fangrrls. Tag: TV.
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