The Way of the Warrior (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

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"The Way of the Warrior"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode
Episode no.Season 4
Episode 1 & 2
Directed byJames L. Conway
Written by
Featured musicDennis McCarthy
Cinematography byJonathan West
Production code401
Original air dateOctober 2, 1995 (1995-10-02)
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"The Way of the Warrior" is the first episode from the fourth season of the American syndicated science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, counting as the 73rd and the 74th episode overall as it is a double episode. Michael Dorn joins the series as Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation.[1]

In terms of the fictional Star Trek universe, this takes place after the events of Star Trek: Generations, which had been released to theaters in late November 1994; this is why Sisko and Worf discuss the destruction of the Enterprise-D. The remaining films of this continuity such as First Contact discuss Deep Space Nine and that Worf is away from his normal mission on that station.

A new spacecraft design model is shown in the episode, the very large Negh'Var, which is the flagship of the Klingon fleet.[2] Other ships shown include the Vor'cha, which was first seen in "Reunion" on The Next Generation;[2] the Vor'cha was designed by Rick Sternbach and the physical model was built by Greg Jein according to The Star Trek Encyclopedia by Okuda and others.[3] Although the shots are often brief, there are spacecraft from the Cardassians, Klingons, and Federation shown in this episode, especially a wide range of Klingon spaceships.

"The Way of the Warrior" ranked 3rd in its time slot with a Nielsen rating of 8.5.[4]


Deep Space 9 prepares for a Dominion invasion; the crew trains for encountering Changelings by hunting for Security Chief Odo throughout the station. Later Captain Sisko is hailed by General Martok. Martok asks for shore leave with his men, which Sisko grants. An entire armada of Klingon ships decloaks.

Martok wants his ships to stay at DS9 to help counter a Dominion attack; as the Klingon soldiers spread throughout the station, they cause disruptions, and beat up Garak. Later a Klingon ship stops Kasidy Yates's freighter to make sure there are no Changelings on board. Fed up with these issues, Sisko contacts Starfleet who sends Lieutenant Commander Worf to the station to help. Once on the station, Worf learns that the Klingon Empire plans on attacking Cardassia. Worf informs Sisko, who holds a meeting with Martok. Martok claims they need to attack Cardassia because it has been taken over by the Dominion, his proof is that Cardassian Central Command has been overthrown. Martok tells Sisko he will consult with Chancellor Gowron, instead he instructs the Klingon ships to begin their invasion of Cardassia.

Sisko is unable to warn Cardassia of the invasion because of the Federation–Klingon alliance. Instead Sisko lets slip to Garak the news of the invasion, who in turn warns Cardassia of the invasion. Once the Federation condemns the invasion, the Klingon Empire withdraws from the Khitomer Accords, ending the alliance with the Federation. Sisko contacts the new Cardassian government, and speaks with Dukat. Sisko convinces Dukat that he and the Council should evacuate Cardassia and meet with the Defiant to seek refuge at DS9. At the rendezvous point, the Klingon ships attack and the Cardassians are forced to join the Defiant; the Klingon ships follow the Defiant back to DS9. Gowron urges Sisko to surrender; however, unknown to Gowron, DS9 has been equipped with more than 5,000 photon torpedoes; the Klingon fleet attacks DS9, and is countered by several rounds of torpedoes. Many Klingon ships are destroyed, and Gowron orders his ships to target the shield generators. Klingon boarding parties beam into DS9, and after a hand-to-hand battle, the crew regains control of the situation.

Chief O'Brien is able to restore the shields to the station, and Starfleet reinforcements are on their way; this leaves the Klingon ships no choice but to retreat. Gowron warns Sisko that he has sided against them in battle, and he will not forget. Worf decides to stay aboard DS9, and he joins the crew as a Strategic Operations Officer, a command role.

Arc significance[edit]

  • Worf joins the crew of Deep Space 9.[1]
  • The Klingon Empire abandons the Khitomer Accords, from the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
  • Gowron was made Klingon Chancellor in The Next Generation episode "Reunion".
  • A Negh'Var warship is also seen, albeit different from the one seen in The Next Generation episode "All Good Things...".


In 2015, recommended this episode as "essential watching" for their abbreviated Star Trek: Deep Space Nine binge-watching guide, remarking that "This episode contains one of the coolest space battles in the entire series" and a plot involving the Klingons and Deep Space Nine.[5] rated "The Way of Warrior" among the best of the Klingon-centric episodes in Star Trek, highlighting the Star Trek Klingon characters Worf and Gowron.[6] In March 2019, SyFy rated Worf as the 2nd greatest Klingon of the Star Trek franchise behind Martok.[7] In 2018, Vulture rated "The Way of the Warrior" the 5th best episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, calling the introduction of Worf (played by Michael Dorn) the perfect addition to the show.[8] In 2017, The Daily Dot recommended this as a Star Trek Klingon alien themed episode to prepare for Star Trek: Discovery.[9]

In 2018, CBR ranked "The Way of the Warrior" as the 7th best episodic saga of all Star Trek.[10] Io9's 2014 listing of the top 100 Star Trek episodes placed "The Way of the Warrior" as the 38th best episode of all series up to that time, out of over 700 episodes, noting the focus on the franchise's Klingon aliens in this episode.[11]

In 2016, Empire ranked this the 22nd best episode of all the 700 plus Star Trek television episodes.[12]

In 2016, Vox rated this one of the top 25 essential episodes of all Star Trek.[13]

In 2016, Radio Times ranked the attack of the Klingons in this episode as the 40th greatest moment in all Star Trek, including films and television up to that time.[14]

In 2017, CBR ranked Gowron's flagship, the Negh'Var warship, the third most powerful spacecraft of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.[15] CNET ranked it the among the most powerful and important fictional spacecraft of the Star Trek franchise.[16]


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  2. ^ a b Okuda, Michael; Okuda, Denise; Mirek, Debbie (May 17, 2011). "The Star Trek Encyclopedia". Simon and Schuster – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Okuda, Michael; Okuda, Denise; Mirek, Debbie (May 17, 2011). "The Star Trek Encyclopedia". Simon and Schuster – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "WebTrek - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine * NIELSEN RATINGS".
  5. ^ "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine condensed: How to watch the most story-driven Trek". January 19, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
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  7. ^ Silliman, Brian (March 7, 2019). "It is a good day to die: Ranking the top ten Klingons in all of Star Trek". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  8. ^ Bastién, Angelica Jade (January 4, 2018). "The Best Episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Ranked". Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "9 Klingon episodes to watch on Netflix before 'Star Trek: Discovery'". The Daily Dot. August 20, 2017. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  10. ^ Star Trek's Greatest Episodic Sagas, Ranked by Michael Weyer – on Nov 23, 2018
  11. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (October 2, 2014). "The Top 100 Star Trek Episodes Of All Time!". io9. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  12. ^ "The 50 best Star Trek episodes ever". Empire. July 27, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  13. ^ Siede, Caroline (September 6, 2016). "Star Trek, explained for non-Trekkies". Vox. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  14. ^ "The 50 Greatest Star Trek moments of all time - 3". Radio Times. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  15. ^ "DS9: The 15 Most Powerful Ships In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine". CBR. February 18, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  16. ^ staff, CNET. "26 powerful, powerfully important Star Trek spacecraft, ranked". CNET. Retrieved July 14, 2019.


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