The Klingons are huge in the universe of Star Trek, and have many episodes surrounding them but is Matter of Honor the best Klingon episode?
The universe of Star Trek has created so many iconic aliens that live on past the shores of their cultivated creation and into the modern zeitgeist of science fiction and general pop culture. Arguably the most popular or well known are the Vulcans. The second most well known, however, would arguably The Klingons.
There are many great examples of Klingon culture in the history of Star Trek, but in the minds of Trek Culture, it’s the Next Generation episode, Matter of Honor, that they feel is the best to focus on this crazy, but almost majestic alien race.
Their rationale for why is sound. It’s an episode that really looks into the culture of the Klingon race while paying respect to their belief in honor and combat. It’s not a bad selection by any means.
The episode that really should’ve been number one, at least in this writer’s humble opinion is the Deep Space Nine episode, Tacking Into the Wind. The episode is one of the last one of the series, showcasing the end of the Dominion War and wrapping up several key plot points. It also featured the death of arguably the most well known Klingon not named Worf in Chancellor Gowron.
Pitched around Martok’s growing popularity not just with Klingons but fans alike, Gowron begins trying to eliminate Martok by sending him on missions that should get him killed, but instead, Martok just finds new ways to survive and win. Eventually, this leads to Worf challenging him, due to Gowron having no more honor.
It’s a showdown that culminates thanks to Ezri Dax, who reminds Worf that if men like him don’t step up to battle corruption, then the Klingon Empire is truly doomed.
It’s a fitting morality play about holding those in power accountable. Seems fitting.