After “Reunion” I was reminded how much I enjoy Klingon episodes overall so I plan to review the rest of “Classic Trek” (TOS to ENT in release date) to see the different approaches that have been. I also will be choosing one of the “Star Trek” films too. “Apocalypse Rising” is a lot of fun. This gives us politics and war and also some great character development for Odo. Definitely check this one out.
The episode was directed by James L. Conway and written by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe.
The story follows Captain Sisko, Chief O’Brien, Worf and Odo as they take an undercover mission to reveal a Changeling within the Klingon Empire.
Cost of the Klingon-Federation War – One thing this episode captures well is how costly the war is being for the Federation. Captain Sisko and Jazdia arrive in an injured runabout and during a ceremony later you hear a Klingon bragging about a person he killed who was Sisko’s friend at the Academy. The reason why so much risk is taken in a suicide mission is on display quite clearly.
Damar – Damar is Dukat’s second-in-command and in this episode we see how invested he is in protecting Cardassia from the Klingons and their war against them. He is one of my favorite characters and this a fun supporting role in Dukat’s Bird-of-Prey.
Dukat – Dukat is loving this war. When we meet him he is draped in Klingon medals and sashes from those he has killed and his first act when his technology doesn’t work to trick Klingons is to kill them. His ego and talent are on full display here and it was great seeing him and Captain Sisko work together to make this mission happen.
The Undercover Mission – As part of an undercover mission to reveal the Changeling in the Klingon Empire Odo, Chief O’Brien, Worf and Captain Sisko undergo surgery to look the parts. It is very well done and I love how Worf and Sisko embrace the role where O’Brien and Odo develop confidence over time. It is a nice dynamic for drama.
The Changeling / Martok – Martok is the Changeling and his plot isn’t bad. When he gets rid of the technology that would reveal him to the Klingons he releases the prisoners (Our undercover team) to kill Gowron. It is during this that Odo realizes how un-Klingon this underhanded assassination attempt is made and reveals Martok in turn saving Gowron’s life. J.G. Hertzler is fantastic.
Worf – Worf is the main person training our team to be good Klingons and he does a good job focusing their confidence and honor code. He also faces off against Gowron and only doesn’t kill him due to Martok being the Changeling be revealed.
Gowron – Gowron is so much fun. You see him once again reveling in his role as Chancellor as he awards his troops but he is savvy enough to know fighting a war on two-fronts isn’t smart and makes sure the undercover team gets home after they reveal the Changeling. His pride is also fully on display too as he mocks Worf for not killing him and promises he won’t have another chance. Once again Robert O’Reilly makes the most of a small but important part. Wish he’d had the chance to interact more.
Odo – Odo starts out this episode getting drunk after being made a solid for killing a Changeling, but finds his confidence once more over the course of the episode. It is fun to see and the episode is really a reminder to Odo that it was his mind and intelligence that made him become the investigator.
The Cost of War for the Klingons – The Klingons have been fighting a war on two fronts but nothing is done this episode to honor the fallen. I thought the writers would make people aware of it especially since this was a military awards ceremony. This is my biggest thing as we get the Federation perspective but we see none of it when we are undercover in Klingon High Command.
The Voice of the Changeling – The Changeling never talks to Odo or shares his perspective. This was a missed oppurtunity. We know he doesn’t trust Odo but beyond that he is a plot device, which is a shame as his being a Klingon could have even influenced his perspective.
This was a great episode that is our lead-up to the Dominion War. In this we see how war torn the Alpha Quadrant is and also that even though the Khitomer Accords have been rescinded there is still once more hope for peace with the Klingons once more. Great undercover, war and character piece episode.
Final Score: 9.3 / 10