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Recap: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 04 E 18 Rules Of Engagement
Commander Worf is on trial. The cause of which is to establish motive in a horrible tragedy. In the heat of battle, did he purposely fire on a transport shoot full of innocent civilians on purpose? Or was it simply a case of reflexive action in a heated situation?

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  • Anti-Villain: Ch'Pok isn't evil; he's just doing his job.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Sisko gives a lesson recap on them to Worf at the end of the episode.
  • Completely Missing the Point: Quark is more concerned trying to figure out who was sitting at the bar than remembering what Worf was doing there.
  • Courtroom Episode
  • Frame-Up: The entire situation was a ploy by the Empire to disgrace Worf. The transport ship was totally empty, and its passengers had already died in a horrific crash in the not-to-distant past.
  • Invisibility Flicker: Worf's battle plan is to shoot at whatever starts to decloak.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The witness flashbacks speak directly at the camera, almost appearing to talk to the viewer.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Everyone's reaction when the transport blows up.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Ch'Pok may be a lawyer, but he proves he's still a Klingon by treating the trial as a fight.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Sisko chews Worf out for shooting at something before making sure it's a legitimate target. He then treats it as a potential Career Building Blunder by assuring Worf that he'll still make a great captain someday.
Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 04 E 17 AccessionRecap/Star Trek: Deep Space NineStar Trek Deep Space Nine S 04 E 19 Hard Time

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