Thursday, January 27, 2011

Reason #36 Why I Love DS9 - Blood Oath

There are many reasons why I love Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and why it remains my favorite of the Star Trek franchise.

Reason #36: "Blood Oath"

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fought against the squeaky clean future Star Trek: The Next Generation instilled. One way DS9 did this was to honor the spirit of the original Star Trek in many different ways. With only one exception, the biggest of these moments came in the form of "Blood Oath" which reunited three of the classic Klingon villains from the original series: Kor (John Colicos), Kang (Michael Ansara), and Koloth (William Campbell).

The three warriors travel to DS9 to unite with Curzon Dax and fulfill a blood oath the four took to kill the man who had murdered their sons as children. Although conflicted and not bound to the promises of her previous hosts, Jadzia (Terry Farrell) fights to take part in the mission and hunt down the man responsible for killing her god son.

Aside from the great moments of the three Klingons themselves, and interacting with Dax, there's a terrific scene between Dax and Kira (Nana Visitor) where the two talk frankly about murder. The big fight sequence at the end may be limited due to budgetary constraints, but it allows two of the Klingons to go out in style. Thankfully Kor would return for two more memorable episodes later in the series. Aside from its nostalgic value, the episode also further cements Dax's connection to Klingons which would be further developed once a certain Klingon Starfleet Lieutenant was reassigned to the station.

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