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Rightful Heir 

During Worf's crisis of faith on Boreth, Kahless the Unforgettable makes his promised legendary return, but Klingon leader Gowron challenges his authenticity.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ronald D. Moore (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge (credit only)
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Alan Oppenheimer ... Koroth
Robert O'Reilly ... Gowron
Norman Snow ... Torin
Charles Esten ... Divok
Kevin Conway ... Kahless
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


Caught for dereliction of duty, Worf is placed on leave and given time to get his personal affairs in order. In the process of doing so, he summons forth Kahless, the ancient Klingon who, legends claim, will bring the Klingon empire together as one, even though his appearance threatens to split the Empire into two. Written by Moviedude1/edited by statmanjeff

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English | Klingon

Release Date:

15 May 1993 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gowron says there has not been a Klingon emperor in 300 years. According to Moore, the previous reference to a contemporary emperor in "Sins of the Father" was just a throwaway before the writers firmly established the structure of the Klingon government in "Reunion." See more »


When Kahless walks into the holodeck to meet Gowron, when the holodeck door closes (off-screen) the wrong door sound effect is heard. The sound effect heard is the "whish" sound associated with cabin and turbolift doors, not the sound associated with the much larger cargo bay and holodeck doors. See more »


Gowron: Where is he, Picard?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I assume that you're referring to Kahless.
Gowron: I am referring to the filthy pahtak who is using his name!
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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It's the visuals that make this one so much fun...
12 April 2009 | by karacterSee all my reviews

"Rightful Heir" is a solidly written, well-acted piece about faith and religion. The themes are personally relevant and timeless for everyone, and the viewer immediately connects with the story and is drawn in. In fact, the script is good enough to hold its own were it to be used for any dramatic series, not just Star Trek.

What makes the story really shine are two things- first, spectacular sets, costumes, and camera work give this Klingon oriented episode the look & feel of a feature film; one has to really watch it twice to catch all the visual delights the producers painstakingly worked into it. The wide variety and intricate detail of the Klingon costumes is particularly outstanding.

Second, the excellent casting of veteran character actor Kevin Conway in the lead role; his in-depth, powerful, yet sensitive performance as Kahless is another reason why "Rightful Heir" has a high quality, feature film atmosphere. Conway's resume' is quite extensive but he is perhaps best known for his role as "Sgt. 'Buster' Kilrain" in "Gettysburg"(1993) and "Gods and Generals"(2003).

Maybe this isn't the most action packed or memorable installment of the series, but it certainly ranks up there as one of the finest produced in every respect.

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