Deep Space Nine gets a new crewmember as they face a threat from a familiar foe in an episode that aired on this day in television history.
“The Way of the Warrior” is the opening episode of the 4th season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Written by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe and directed by James L. Conway, it first aired on October 2nd, 1995.
In the episode, with the Dominion threat looming, Captain Sisko is surprised by the arrival of a fleet of Klingon ships. As the Klingons take leave aboard the station, a number of incidents begin occurring, but the reasoning behind them remains nebulous. After one of the ships stops a friendly freighter, Sisko brings in an expert for help–former Enterprise Lt. Commander Worf. Together, they must face a threat as the Klingons begin to invade the space of the Cardassian Empire.
The episode is a two-hour special episode that is considered by many to be a soft relaunch of the series. It features a revamped theme song and opening credits sequence, the addition of Michael Dorn from Star Trek: The Next Generation to the main cast as Worf, and puts an emphasis on the Klingons–iconic aliens from throughout Star Trek lore.
The episode also guest stars several recurring characters from the DS9 series such as Gul Dukat, Garak, Kaside Yates, Martok, and Gowron. It’s also notable for its extended action sequence, featuring a major space battle and in-station combat.