Friday, February 21, 2014

Once More Unto the Breach

Originally Appeared Here

In his quarters Worf receives an unexpected visit from Kor
Complains the Klingon Empire has no place for him in war
Worf instates him as an officer over objections from Martok
Hear him regale them with tales that would dispatch the Dal'Rok(1)
Like Picard being forced to relive a battle by Bok(2)
Starts to imagine that they've turned back the clock
To before at Caleb IV or attacking at Klach D'Kel Brakt(3)
He's outlived his usefulness(4), says the fruit of life is bitter
But he can still prove crucial when he's shooting with a graviton emitter
Sacrifice himself to save the rest, the lessons that war teaches
It's why they practice ordering La Forge once more unto the core breaches(5)
Died a death worthy of Kahless but he won't reappear
Reunite Kor, Kang and Koloth- kings of the final frontier(6)

  1. In DS9's "The Storyteller", the Sirah uses a story to unite the village and repel the Dal'Rok.
  2. In TNG's "The Battle", Daimon Bok uses a thought-maker to make Captain Picard relive the Battle of Maxia.
  3. Site of a memorable victory for Kang, which he recreated in a holosuite in "Blood Oath".
  4. In Star Trek VI, Spock suggests he and Kirk may have outlived their usefulness.
  5. A reference to the title of the episode, from the play Henry V, and to the Bridge Officer's Test in TNG's "Thine Own Self" where Counselor Troi must order Geordi La Forge to make repairs while exposed to deadly radiation.
  6. Refers to Kor's old comrades from "Blood Oath" and the popular "Ballad of Davy Crockett", referred to as the 'king of the wild frontier'. Crockett's presence at the Alamo was discussed by O'Brien and Bashir earlier in the episode.

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