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Wed, Oct 30, 2013, 9:55am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Change of Heart

I do not agree with most of the posters. I love the characters of Dax and Worf and enjoyed the romantic interplay. It was entertaining and opened up their relationship a bit and showed how living with DAX had begun to change Worf. However, Cisco and Kiera should take the responsibility for the failure of the mission because sending husband and wives into combat together is a recipe for disaster and would never be done. That said, it is the writing staff that really is at fault because Worf's decision make no sense even in light of his revelation about Klingon history. That is itself does not seem to make much sense given that Klingon society is based on sacrifice for duty and honor. A better example would the movie about the 300 Spartans where the wife of Leonidus tells him when he goes off to battle to be victorious or do not come back. That would be the correct view of Klingon woman regarding his husband going into combat (IMHO -- what do any of really know about what it is like to actually be a Klingon).

I offer this as a reason for not buying Worf's decision to save his wife over performing his duty. What if there were 100 Starfleet people who were in jeopardy and his mission was to meet them an evacuate them? Would he have chosen to save his wife? It is absurd to think that a person believed to have information that could end a war with the Dominion that was already going badly (or at least a huge blow to them and even the playing field) would be sacrificed for a wife or husband or friend. Billions of lives could be saved potentially. If asked the question before the mission if he would sacrifice his own life and that of his wife to save billions of people, what do you think Worf's response would be? I believe with out question that both he and Dax would have said in no uncertain terms, that the lives of billions would come first.

I also think at the end when Dax makes light of Worf's decision to save her, is another failure of the writers. She would feel a tremendous responsiblity for his decision and I believe would be pained to think for years after that she had lived when her death could potentially have saved billions and even ended the war with the Dominion. I also think that she would have some concerns that their relationship might be responsible for Worf losing his edge. She must have known at that point that his career in Starfleet would pretty much be over.

Another point is that after that failure by Worf in his mission, he would have been sent to some outpost somewhere and probably never see Dax much because the distances would be so great. Starfleet Command would make sure that he never was put in a position of command and in any position where he was am important link in the chain of command. Dax and Worf are in the military and the military, when giving out important missions, do not deal kindly with people who fail because they do not live up to the military code (in this case the repeated phrase "a Starfleet Officer". The fact that Worf reappears later in other Star Trek movies with a command also shows that no one really took Cisco's words that he would never have a command very seriously.

Also, I take exception to the fact that Cisco would have admitted to Worf that he would have done the same thing. It was a failure in the chain of command and a serious one that Cisco, by making this admission to Worf, is compounding because it would set an example for other Starfleet Officers. One comment that I agree with is that it is no wonder that the Dominion was kicking their butts in the war. This kind of breakdown from the commander of one of the most important stations in Starfleet would reverberate through Starfleet itself.

I provided one final example from real life that is somewhat related regarding what individual Marines at one of the battles in the South Pacific were willing to sacrifice. It was Tulagi, I think. I saw it in a documentary. There was situation where tanks were being used to attack a vital position. And for some reason it was required that individuals Marines had to jump up on the front of the tank to keep the tank which were fitted with firethrowers operational. To jump and do what needed to be done, the Marine knew that it would be certain death, and yet as one Marine after another were killed, another would jump up without hesitation.

I contrast that with Worf, a super Marine, who, by allowing him to decide in favor of his wife over the fate of millions totally depricated that whole concept of what being Klignon warrior means. His comrades in arms, fellow Klignon, I believe would shun him for this failure.

I also think the Klignon legend seems a bit contrived to fit the story line. Shame on the writing staff for justifying the ending by injecting this fable into Klignon litergy.

The fact the Farrell begged them to let her die shows how much she had invested in her character and that she knew that this episode would not fly. And what would have made it even more interesting would be if Warf was not able to rescue the man and he lost out on both ends. That would truly be tragic. Then he could spend many episodes mourning her death and wondering about the Klignon legend of the husband and wife who even challenged the gods by their devotion to each other. Now you have am issue that could affect Warf's dedication to honor and duty.
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