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?
- 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.