A classic storyline that is used in Star Trek is when someone is on trial. Of course, you couldn’t have someone in Starfleet being court martialed, since there really isn’t a Starfleet. So, what do you do? You make it a Klingon court and put the captain on trial. Archer is on trial in a Klingon court for crimes against the empire. While “Judgment” is compelling and a good Klingon story, there are many questions left to ponder.
Archer is being tried for helping a group of “criminals” help get away. Their planet was annexed by the Klingon Empire and wanted freedom. Archer helped them and now he’s a war criminal. One of the biggest questions is how he ended up in the Klingon’s court. It’s never explained in the episode. Nor did it go in depth as to who these people were.
Personally, I believe Trip had something to do with it. Kolos is played by J.G. Hertzler, who is best known for his role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It goes into the concept that the Klingons are not a completely warrior race. There are other types of classes within the species. Which is something they never really delved into before.
However, for fans of Trek, you will recognize a lot of the trial from what happened in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Everything from the court room to the sphere gavel. Even to the planet of Rura Pente.
Shownotes for “Judgment”:
“Judgment” – Memory Alpha
“Judgment” had some good social commentary on Klingon society, but it dipped in and out quickly. I’m sure there are a lot of people that don’t care about some aspects of the story. However, the episode had some high concepts but hampered by the hour-long format. Moreso, high concept ideas that didn’t work in a single episode. Next time, Mayweather gets his moment to shine.