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Recap / Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S06 E03 “Sons and Daughters”

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The prodigal son returns (Whether Worf wants him to or not)
While dropping Sisko and company off at Starbase 375 following the events of Rocks and Shoals, the IKS Rotarran takes on five new crew members; one of whom is Alexander Rozhenko, Worf's estranged son. Worf quickly becomes frustrated and embarrassed by Alexander's bumbling attempts to prove himself as a Klingon Warrior. Worf and Martok struggle to understand why Alexander—who never before showed any interest in following the Klingon way—signed on to the Klingon Defense Force, while Alexander struggles to find a place among his disdainful crew.

Meanwhile, Tora Ziyal returns to the Dominion-occupied Terok Nor, causing even more friction between Major Kira and Gul Dukat.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Dukat, per his idiom.
  • Alien Lunch: Bashir and O'Brien are relieved they'll be able to eat food that isn't moving. That and all the singing on the Rotarran was driving them crazy. Afterwards Martok is shown griping that his gagh is barely moving. Alexander has trouble eating his, leading to a confrontation in the messhall.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Alexander joins the House of Martok, and is on the road to becoming a warrior; but, Kira refuses to give in to Dukat, and a wedge seems to be driven between her and Ziyal.
  • Blatant Lies: After Kira returns the dress Dukat sent to her, Dukat pretends it's a gift for his daughter.
    Ziyal: You can be so thoughtful.
    Dukat: (smiling bashfully) I try.
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  • Calling the Old Man Out: Alexander challenges his father to a fight to the death; Worf charitably declines. There is no rational universe in which Alexander would have even stood a chance of winning.
  • Continuity Nod: One of the new soldiers on the Rotarran is Katogh, son of Ch'Pok.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Between Ch'Targh and Alexander. Until Worf breaks it up.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Martok tells off Worf for interfering in the Bar Brawl, as his son would have only got a few cuts and broken bones, nothing more. Instead by interfering, Worf has made his son look even weaker than he is.
  • Dodge by Braking: The Rotarran pulls this off during a dogfight with some Jem'Hadar attack ships, letting the pursuing JHAS pass over top of them so they can bring their disruptors to bear and turn it to scrap metal.
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  • Filler: Besides bringing Ziyal back to the station and rescuing the crew, this episode doesn't have much of relevance for the Dominion invasion arc.
  • Flat "What": Martok when Alexander refuses to divulge his true motive for being here.
  • Food Slap: Alexander tosses his Alien Lunch in the face of a crewmember who's bullying him.
  • The Fool: How Alexander is viewed by the Rotarran's crew. Worf is not pleased.
  • Foreshadowing: Sisko bets Martok a case of bloodwine for whoever sets foot on Deep Space Nine first.
  • General Obvious: Martok's observation on Worf and Alexander's relationship.
    Martok: When a father and son do not speak, it means there is trouble between them.
  • I Am X, Son of Y: How all the new crewmembers on the Rotarran introduce themselves—except Alexander, showing how bad his relationship with his father is.
  • I Have No Son!: Worf has never mentioned Alexander to his Klingon colleagues or tried to communicate with his son in years, so he's doing this trope in all but name.
  • Mandatory Line: Sisko and the rest of the crew only appear in The Teaser. Having been rescued by the Rotarran, they're being dropped off at Starbase 375 for a debriefing.
  • Moment Killer: The episode opens with Worf and Jadzia snogging passionately in their quarters, until Sisko calls on the comm.
  • Not So Different: Worf and Alexander, as Martok points out.
    Martok: You're as tight-lipped as your father.
    Alexander: I am nothing like him!
    Martok: Both stubborn, tiresome qu'vatlh. The only difference is I need him. I do not need you.
  • Oh, Crap!: Alexander grins when a fistfight is impending with a much larger Klingon, but then the Klingon draws a dagger. When Alexander draws his own dagger, it's clear he has little idea how to use it.
  • Palm Bloodletting: Wouldn't be a Klingon ceremony without it.
  • Secret Test of Character: Martok gives one to Alexander. Despite it being a fairly obvious ploy, he still fails.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: This episode takes place in 2374. Alexander was born in 2366, making him 8 years old. He appears to be about 16 years old. Hand Waved by Word of God stating that Klingon children mature much faster than humans and repeated from Star Trek: The Next Generation, where he appears as 1-4 years old, but looked about 4 years old at a year old then about 10 at age 4.
  • Rousing Speech: Although he'd just been griping about how the war is going against them, Martok still gives a stirring speech to the new recruits.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Alexander at the end is still considered an incompetent warrior by the end, but gained some respect from the crew for showing bravery (which definitely counts to Klingons) and volunteering and succeeding in an assignment that saved the ship from a plasma leak.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Despite vigorously denying it, Alexander would not be on the same ship as Worf if he wasn't trying to get his father's long-overdue acknowledgement.
  • What an Idiot!invoked: Poor, stupid Alexander.
    • It's not surprising he's no good at weapons, or Klingon socialization. It is surprising he's also terrible at absolutely everything. He has no place being on a battleship in a war; he is a liability.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Martok is rather annoyed that in all the time they've known each other, Worf never once mentioned having a son.
    • Alexander tells off his father — far from accepting Alexander has not chosen the warrior's path, his lack of communication with his son indicates that Worf is disappointed that his son is not like him.
    • Martok to Alexander — all the other recruits know why they're here. By refusing to acknowledge his own reasons, Alexander is just getting in the way.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Ch'Targh has no respect for Alexander's (non-existent) fighting skills.
    "He fights like a Ferengi!"

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