Wait…Klingons? A script co-written by Ron Moore? A focus on Worf? Could it be Jimmy and Tom got to discuss one of the better episodes of what has already been shaping up to be a pretty darn good season of TNG?
Sure seems likely. And with a title like “Reunion,” someone had to be coming back, right?
Picard is asked to mediate a power dispute for the Klingon Empire, bringing Worf a startling revelation!
jimmy: This season continues to be about family. And we all know…
tomk: That’s why so many relatives turn out to be jerks.
jimmy: That’s not very nice to say about Alexander.
tomk: Siblings tend to be jerks. Picard’s brother. Data’s brother. Tasha’s sister. Captain Jake’s uptight sister the Commodore for the Night Crew.
jimmy: Siblings jerks, offspring ok. Got it.
tomk: Parents are also usually cool.
jimmy: Don’t tell Deanna. Or Riker.
tomk: I said “usually “.
jimmy: Ok. Got it.
tomk: Good. Mama Impossible is incredibly cool.
jimmy: For sure.
tomk: And on another note, I recently learned a friend named her son Alexander for Worf’s kid.
jimmy: I bet that…hasn’t happened a lot.
tomk: I rather like that kid. When we see him.
jimmy: Yeah. I think he plays a bigger role in DS9.
tomk: I haven’t gotten that far yet. I have seen more of Lwaxana Troi than Worf or Alexander.
jimmy: That’s unfortunate.
tomk: For me and for Odo
But Worf, well, he’s got other problems than the idea of having Lwaxana Troi hanging off of him or being his mother-in-law or something.
jimmy: He steps up in the end. Though it’s too bad they killed off K’Ehleyr, she was a good character.
tomk: She could keep Worf on his toes, and the actors had good chemistry.
jimmy: Agreed. It’s too bad. And her death seemed to border on fridging.
tomk: Yes, it did. Especially since Worf immediately sent Alexander to live with those jolly Russians.
jimmy: It was the clear motivator for him to get involved in the conflict and take over as Alexander’s father.
tomk: And then immediately send him away. I like Alexander, but Worf is a terrible dad.
jimmy: He’s the MVP of the Enterprise, not of parenting.
tomk: Also, not much of a diplomat when he kills one of the delegates.
Even if Duras had it coming.
jimmy: They are Klingons.
tomk: Made Picard’s job easier!
jimmy: Killing off the Ambassador and a delegate will do that.
tomk: Plus, Gowron has much more distinctive eyes.
jimmy: Haha, he definitely has a unique look about him.
tomk: And he was noticibly less evil. He only vaguely threatened K’Ehleyr. Duras actually killed her.
jimmy: It’s more Klingon that way.
tomk: Killing someone because they found out you did someone dirty is Klingon?
jimmy: It’s certainly not Starfleet.
tomk: Hmm. You raise a good point.
jimmy: Though Worf kills a guy and gets off with a mark on his permanent record.
tomk: He got lucky no one liked Duras.
jimmy: His mom probably did.
tomk: I didn’t see her hanging around anywhere.
jimmy: Would you even know?
tomk: I think I can recognize an old lady Klingon when I see one.
jimmy: We never saw who else was on his ship.
tomk: Hey, I would take my mother to my possible ascension to power in the Empire. Unless I planted a Romulan bomb…
jimmy: You’d never be in league with the Romulans.
tomk: You’re right. I wouldn’t even be in league with the Watsonians.
jimmy: They are a Borg level extinction threat.
tomk: Mostly to themselves.
jimmy: And now Gowron is the leader of the Klingons. I bet that never comes up again.
tomk: Well, he hasn’t been crowned yet, and I certainly did not see him and those very distinctive eyes in the DS9 episode “House of Quark”.
jimmy: Well, duh.
tomk: Still, I did like the “oh crap” look Duras made when Worf referred to K’Ehleyr as his mate.
jimmy: He knew he was dead already.
tomk: What a dumbass.
jimmy: They’ll be back in the episode Reunion 2: Klingon Boogaloo.
tomk: That’s an all-time classic. K’Ehleyr comes back as a ghost and Data hides under some sheets.
tomk: It’s really scary.
Geordi doesn’t run because he drops his VISOR and he can’t see a thing without his VISOR.
Meanwhile, Riker sets a trap, Troi accidentally gets caught, and Picard gets a bad case of the munchies.
But it all turns out to be Q in disguise because he was smuggling stolen Ferengi treasure. And he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for that meddling Federation and their Android.
jimmy: Guess we can skip that episode.
tomk: Unless it was really Wesley all along.
jimmy: All part of his evil plan.
tomk: To occasionally get us to watch terrible television?
jimmy: Did you think this was terrible?
tomk: No, but the proposed episode above with the Scooby Doo ending would have been.
jimmy: Haha. That’s true.
tomk: This was a Worf-based episode that features Klingon politics co-written by Ronald Moore…this is great television.
jimmy: Ah, I missed the Moore credit. Good stuff.
tomk: You were too dazzled by everything else to read a name.
jimmy: Or too lazy.
tomk: Jimmy, take a compliment once in a while.
jimmy: Being dazzled was a compliment?
tomk: Um…yeah! It means you appreciate finely done work and have good taste!
jimmy: I do!
tomk: In fact, have a case of beer.
jimmy: Awesome. It’s been hot as hell here lately.
tomk: You can share it with the Moose then. A hot Moose is a cranky Moose.
Unless he took Cousin Minka, Captain Jake, and the Beaver’s advice and joined that 12 step program.
jimmy: He didn’t.
tomk: Party Moose is still in da house. Got it.
tomk: Isn’t that Sarah Palin on the one side of that gif? She probably wanted to use the ship’s phasers on some Romulan wolf species.
jimmy: It’s a party on the Enterprise. You never know who will show up.
tomk: Well, unless it’s Alexander. He doesn’t show up that often.
jimmy: You need your head of security threatening to eat children, not raising one.
tomk: I’m not sure we want threatened cannibalism.
But that said, this was a great episode, Klingon fridging aside. Do you have anything else to add, Jimmy?
jimmy: Not really. A little surprised they shuffled Alexander off so quickly. And asking Picard to basically choose the next leader of the Klingons seems a bit far fetched.
tomk: Picard is the very model of a modern major diplomat. He has information animal, vegetable, and mineral.
jimmy: Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue the same way, but point taken. Still, the entire Klingon race couldn’t get this done and had to bring in Picard?
tomk: Klingons fight each other too much. They respect Picard because, uh, he helped Worf that one time.
jimmy: Helped him so well, he was outcast and disgraced.
tomk: But in a way that saved the rest of the High Council from the horrors of…the truth!
jimmy: Which Worf still can’t share.
tomk: Not unless the other members of the Council kill his mate or something.
jimmy: He’ll need to find another now. And most are too fragile.
tomk: Well, there’s probably an app for that.
jimmy: Plenty Of Klingons.
tomk: That works.
jimmy: So what’s next? Another show about family?
Have a pizza with cheese stuffed into the crust as a distraction.
jimmy: My favorite!
tomk: Good. Ready to move on?
jimmy: When I’m done this pizza, sure.
tomk: Take your time. Sometimes time just skips forward too quickly.
jimmy: Ok. Let’s go.
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