Summary

Worf strives to see the ancient Klingon leader Kahless in a vision and neglects his duties. Picard grants him a shore leave in a monastery on Boreth, where the Klingons await the return of Kahless. Worf is disappointed that he doesn't have any visions like the other Klingons, when suddenly Kahless actually appears. Worf is skeptical, but Dr. Crusher's DNA comparison with blood on the Knife of Kirom reveals that this is indeed Kahless. Chancellor Gowron is not happy at all, and he questions Kahless's right to take his place as the Klingon leader. His suspicion proves right when Kahless exhibits only very faint memories of his former life. The cleric Koroth finally has to admit that they cloned Kahless and gave him the memories that he should possess according to the ancient myths. Nonetheless, knowing that a renewal of Klingon society is due, a solution is found to make Kahless the Klingon Emperor, while Gowron remains the head of the government.

Errors and Explanations

The Nitpicker's Guide
Next Generation Trekkers
Volume 2

Plot Oversights

  1. The clone of Kahless knowing about the childhood vision of Worf. Worf may have described the vision to the clerics, thus enabling them to add the incident to the clones memories.

Changed Premises

  1. The change in appearance of Kahless compared to The Savage Curtain The 'Savage Curtain' Kahless was based on Kirk's limited knowledge of Klingon history.
  2. This version of Kahless not possessing the ability to impersonate the voices of others, which was used by the Kahless from 'Savage Curtain'. The earlier Kahless was an Excaliban pretending to be Kahless.

Nit Central

  1. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 5:59 am: Kahless' hair most have been much longer when he made that Bat'leth. About down to his ankles perhaps? Brian Fitzgerald on Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 11:02 am: If you clone someone DNA doesn't remember hair length. Seniram Perhaps he reduced the length to prevent his enemies strangling him with it!
  2. Kahless says, that's it's been so long since he had any food or drink that he didn't notice any difference between real warnog and replicated warnog. However he had been on the Enterprise for a day and had been on Boreth for at least three days. Why did he wait so long to eat or drink anything? Maybe he is testing himself?
  3. Mark Swinton on Saturday, September 23, 2000 - 2:18 pm: I think fungus are highly underrated in the 24th century...In this episode, upon discovering that Kahless is a clone, Worf utters in deep disappointment and incredulity:
    "They grew you in a test-tube like... some kind of fungus!"

    Oddly enough, in the Voyager episode Projections, Neelix refers to the captured Kazon as a "fungus" as well. Do you see my point? constanze on Tuesday, October 01, 2002 - 3:58 am: Mark, I guess it refers more to the ease which with fungus, esp. mould, grows everywhere if you don't take care - it doesn't require any special treatment.
  4. constanze on Tuesday, October 01, 2002 - 3:58 am: The smoke detectors don't go off when Worf's cabin is full of smoke. Are they specially configured not to react to candles and incense? Worf could have used his security overide to deactivate them.
  5. Kahless died 1200 years ago, and they are certain that they have the original knife with his blood on it and a lifelike painting off him? Of course it depends on what stage of development the klingon society was when Kahless left, but I found this very doubtful. Comparing this to Jesus, whose time is only 2000 years back, there are so many "real" relics in Europe, that you could make a whole forest of crosses from the wood splinters, and so on. Because relics were important for the faith of the society in the middle ages, every church wanted to have one. How did the Klingons get around this difficulty? Borath could be the only religious site in the whole of the Empire.
  6. The legend of the swordmaking is supposed to be secret to the high priests, but worf told them to the youngsters in "Birthright II". He may have leart it from the spirit of Kahless he encountered as a child.
  7. If Kahless is the original warrior, why is he dressed in white fur instead of the black armor all klingons wear? Is white reserved for him? Does he not need an armor because he can't be beaten anyway? The white fur could be to signify his leadership of the Empire. In any case, he may be wearing some form of covert armour under his clothes.
  8. Why do the High priests clone kahless, anyway? I would understand some sect or power-hungry clique, but these high priests have waited for the return of their god as he promised. If I compare that to the catholic church as the offical one, I just can't imagine them cloning Jesus instead of waiting for the return when he thinks its right. Esp. as only the body can be cloned, not the divine soul. They most likely felt the Empire needed a new focal point to keep Gowron in check.
  9. inblackestnight on Sunday, April 16, 2006 - 6:19 pm: Is it normal for Klingon spiritual leaders to have the access and knowhow of cloning technology? Brian FitzGerald on Friday, August 25, 2006 - 2:19 pm: They have followers across all walks of Klingon society. Surely someone who has access and knowhow for cloning technology could also be deeply religious and willing to do whatever the religious leaders ask of him.


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