Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 1, Episode 20
Original Air Date: March 21, 1988
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Our heroes rescue three Klingons from a damaged freighter. They befriend Worf, though they can't resist mocking him for his Starfleet loyalties. In time, we learn they are fugitives from justice and actually intend to hijack the Enterprise and bring Worf along with them as they seek a new and better life as "true Klingons."
Okay, so this is the sort of information I'd normally hang onto until the end of the series but we still have 6+ seasons to go and who knows if I'll even stick with the project that long? Worf is my favorite. By the end of TNG, all of the principals have decent character threads to follow. None is more satisfying than Worf's, not even Picard's. TNG is first and foremost Picard's show and all credit to Patrick Stewart for that. But if you want to follow a character who grows far beyond his original starting point, Worf is your guy. His struggle to come to terms with his Klingon identity is everything Spock's story could have and should have been, yet never quite became.
"Heart of Glory" features much of the clumsiness typical of TNG's first season. But this early glimpse into Worf's history and his self-identity conflicts sets the stage for rich, rewarding stories to come. Through Worf, we are privy to more intimate glimpses of an alien culture than we get with any other Star Trek society. In this tale, we see Klingon death rituals, witnessed by outsiders for the first time according to Data. We sit down to a Klingon dinner, the first meal we see prepared by the replicator at all, I believe. Through the renegades, we learn of the dissatisfaction among some Klingons with the Starfleet alliance. We learn of the moral conflict between traditional Klingon values and those which Worf learned away from that world. Best of all, we have a better understanding of TNG's most fascinating character and what is already the best backstory going.
Captain Picard puts it best in the episode's final line: "And Mister Worf, the Bridge wouldn't be the same without you."
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Vaughn Armstrong plays the role of Korris, the leader of the fugitive Klingon band. Armstrong was born July 7, 1950 in Sonora, California. While "Heart of Glory" is his only TNG appearance, he has appeared in various Trek series over the years in, count 'em, 12 different roles! His devotion to the franchise is total, even starting a band with other Trek actors called the Enterprise Blues Band which performs songs about the series at conventions. Armstrong is lead vocalist and also plays harmonica.
"The Enterprise Blues" song: