- Alternative Character Interpretation: SF Debris argues that this entire episode is essentially a Romulan plot, since the inciting incident was a Romulan vessel that the Klingons happened to pick up with altered information on a decades old battle. Essentially, their plan was to force one of three outcomes, all of them beneficial: civil war within the Empire, with one side, the Duuras, backed by the Romulans, as the likely victor, either weakening the Klingons or allowing the Romulans to remake them as allies, damaging or destroying the Klingon-Federation alliance, or, as a consolation prize, Worf's death, to take revenge for his letting Patahk die, who could have had important friends. Ultimately, however, their entire scheme unravels because they underestimate the depth of Worf's idealism, and his willingness to martyr himself through discommendation rather than let either of his two nations destroy themselves or one another.
- Ass Pull: The whole episode practically sledgehammered the premise that Worf's actions could only end in success or his death. Then at the very last minute, Worf matter-of-factly brings up a third way that everyone can live with. There is a justification for this (Worf only brings it up once he is trying to survive rather than achieve his initial goal), but it can still feel jarring.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The Klingon discommendation ritual involves the all of the councilors crossing their arms over their chests. Nobody shouts "Wakanda forever", though.
- Narm: Picard orders a course change for QonoS at a key juncture in the story...but the drama is ruined when he calls their destination The Klingon Imperial Empire. It also doesn't help that he tells Data to set a course for "the first city," as if he intends for the Enterprise to get parked right outside the Great Hall.
- Take That, Scrappy!: Delivered by Kurn, and arguably even more awesome than the famous "SHUT UP, WESLEY!" from "Datalore".Kurn: DO YOU WISH TO SPEAK, Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher?
YMMV / Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E17 "Sins of the Father"