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Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 02 E 19 Blood Oath

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Three Klingons who were blood-brothers of Curzon Dax find Jadzia on Deep Space Nine, and she convinces them to let her go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge with them to kill the man who murdered the Klingons' sons long ago.


  • Badass Boast: When Koloth arrives in Odo's office without being seen.
    Odo: How did you get in here?
    Koloth: I am Koloth.
    Odo: That doesn't answer my question.
    Koloth: Yes, it does.
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  • Badass Grandpa: Kang, Kor and Koloth.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The mission is a success, and Jadzia is spared from having a murder on her conscience by Kang. But it doesn't matter - once she's back at the station, Kira and Sisko just can't look at her the same way.
    • Furthermore, Dax's godson is avenged, but she also loses two of her dearest friends, Koloth and Kang.
    Kang: I was right, Dax. Today is a good day to die.
    Dax: It's never a good day to lose a friend.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: All three of the most prominent Klingons to appear in TOSKor, Koloth, and Kang — come back and unite for one last mission.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: "I will cut his heart out and eat it while he watches me with his dying breath!"
  • Dirty Old Man: Kor doesn't mind Dax being an attractive young woman. He really doesn't mind.
  • Evil Albino: The villain, a Klingon only known as "The Albino".
  • Exact Words: Odo's justification for turning off the holosuite while a drunk Kor is inside, despite Quark's objections. Kor threatened to kill Quark, after all.
  • Faceless Goons: It saves time and money on funny rubber foreheads.
  • Famed In-Story: When Koloth states that he is a Dahar Master, Odo immediately adopts a respectful tone.
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  • The Glomp: On seeing Dax is now in the body of a beautiful woman, Kor demands a kiss. He gets a hug instead.
  • Going Native: Curzon Dax made a blood oath despite being a Federation ambassador. Far from being just a political move to get the Klingons on side, Dax takes the oath so seriously she continues it as Jadzia Dax.
  • Good Old Ways
    Kang: The old Klingon ways are passing. There was a time, when I was a young man, the mere mention of the Klingon Empire made worlds tremble. Now, our warriors are opening restaurants and serving racht to the grandchildren of men I slaughtered in battle.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Koloth and Kang.
  • He Knows Too Much: Dax worries that the traders Kang spoke to might have warned the Albino. He replies that they'll never warn anyone ever again.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Dax reminds Kor of his past triumphs, leading to a rare moment of sobriety.
    Kor: The only weight I carry now, dear comrade, is my own bulbous body. I was once, if you remember, far less than you see, and far more than I have become.
  • I Gave My Word: Interesting variation on this with Dax, as her previous host Curzon gave his word to avenge the death of his godson (Kang's son), also causing unintended Revenge by Proxy.
    • It is played with, however. A joined Trill is explicitly not beholden to her predecessor's debts under their tradition, and the Klingons accept this. Kang especially makes it clear that he considers Jadzia Curzon's successor (and essentially his daughter), and thus she isn't bound to Curzon's oath by Klingon standards either. Essentially Dax is still so enraged that Jadzia swears to kill him all over again.
  • Irony: Kang dies fighting in a burning house.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: Dax works out a Techno Babble means of deactivating the disruptors of the Faceless Goons, so they have to rely on hand weapons.
  • Killed Off for Real: Kang and Koloth die of their injuries.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: Which leads to a dilemma when you're got a jug of blood wine in front of you.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Kang can't come up with a better strategy than "Attack! Attack! Attack!", prompting Jadzia to peg him as a Death Seeker.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: The three Klingon captains Kirk faced are living legends by now.
  • Lured into a Trap: The Albino has secretly contacted Kang, offering him a chance for a glorious death in a battle with forty of his mooks. Turns out there was actually a large bomb under the place where this fight is supposed to take place. Fortunately Dax makes Kang tell the truth and comes up with another option.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: Kang is fatally wounded in the final confrontation, but he turns out to have enough life left in him to get back up and kill the Albino when Dax is unable to do it, before dying properly.
  • Retired Badass Roundup: Dax has to work at getting all three Klingon legends to support her joining and to work together for one last glorious battle.
  • Revenge Before Reason: According to Trill tradition, Dax has no obligation to anything promised by a past host, in fact Trill society dictates near-total disconnect from past lives, and the Klingons aren't pressuring her either.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Jadzia's way of justifying herself to Sisko.
  • Status Quo Is God: Sisko promises dire consequences for Jadzia and her future in Starfleet should she disobey his orders and go after The Albino. Said consequences never take place.
    • Dax was off duty and outside Federation space so there wasn't much he could do to her careerwise. It also helps her case that Jadzia wasn't the one who killed the Albino in the end.
    • Dax says it all depends on Sisko whether she can come back. Presumably he never reported her.
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: With the Albino mocking Dax while her bat'leth is at his throat. Kang mistakes her lack of resolve for her letting him land the death blow himself.
  • Sword over Head: Dax balks at killing the Albino. Ironically this is mistaken for Only I Can Kill Him by Kang, who stabs the Albino In the Back while he's mocking Dax's lack of resolve. Kang then thanks Dax for allowing him to strike the death blow.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Koloth, towards Kor. On seeing him drunk in Odo's holding cell, his immediate response to give up and leave. Even his Famous Last Words are him refusing to die before Kor.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Kang has an Oh, Crap! moment when his bat'leth shatters while fighting the Albino.
  • Zeerust Canon: Averted; the three actors were horrified to find they'd have to spend hours in make-up being converted to Rubber-Forehead Aliens, as they'd assumed they'd have their Original Series Klingon appearance.


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