Witһout Cаptаin Kirk, Worf Would Hаve Beсome One of Stаr Trek’s Dаrkest Villаins

Captain Kirk can take credit for many things, including saving the Earth from the rule of Worf, who would’ve become a bloodthirsty villain.

Image of Worf with long hair and a nailed-on eyepatch, next to some Klingon Birds of Prey

Summary

  • Worf, usually an honorable man, becomes a vicious and cruel villain in the alternate timeline of Star Trek: The Last Generation.
  • Worf’s corruption and evil are expressed through his physical appearance and his brutal actions.
  • Captain Kirk’s failure to negotiate peace with the Klingons leads to Worf’s transformation into one of the franchise’s darkest villains.

Without Captain Kirk, Worf would have become one of the darkest villains in the Star Trek universe. The security chief of the Enterprise under Captain Picard, Worf is one of the most popular, and best developed, characters in the franchise. Yet, in the alternate timeline of IDW’s Star Trek: The Last Generation, Worf was a bloodthirsty villain, and it is all thanks to Captain Kirk.

Star Trek: The Last Generation was written by Andrew Steven Harris and drawn by Gordon Purcell. In the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Captain Kirk foils a plan to assassinate the Federation President, which would have set into motion a war between the UFP and the Klingons. The Last Generation explored what would have happened had Kirk not stopped the attempt, leading to a conquered and broken Federation.

Two panels of Worf ordering a retaliation on the rebels for the death of his son.

Worf is the tyrant warlord of Earth, and after the death of his son at the hands of the rebels, orders a brutal retaliation.

Worf Became a Star Trek Icon for a Reason

Star Trek TNG Heart of Glory Worf

Worf was a historic character in the Star Trek franchise, the first Klingon to serve in Starfleet. Played by Michael Dorn, Worf was in all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as the final four seasons of Deep Space Nine. Worf was one of the most complex characters in the franchise, and episodes centered around him are some of the most compelling as well. Worf’s struggle to clear his disgraced family’s name formed the backbone of an amazing arc stretching across multiple shows. Through it all, Worf held his head high as befitting a Klingon warrior.

Yet in the world of Star Trek: The Last Generation, Worf’s arc has taken a horrible turn. Worf’s corruption and evil are expressed not only in his physical appearance, featuring a nailed-on eyepatch, but also in his deeds. Whereas Worf is normally an honorable man, here he is vicious and cruel, to the point where he has inspired a rebellion among what is left of the Federation. The Worf of The Last Generation twists Worf’s legacy, taking him from one of Starfleet’s greatest heroes to one of its darkest villains.

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Captain Kirk Failed the Future

Star Trek TNG Worf

And in the world of The Last Generationthe blame for Worf’s transformation can be laid at the feet of Captain Kirk. In the main timeline, Kirk uncovers a conspiracy to start a war at Khitomer, but here he failed. The process of negotiating peace with the Klingons was a long and drawn out process, involving many parties, but without Kirk, it all fell apart. The example Kirk set at Khitomer impressed the Klingons, and led them to talk peace. It underscores how important Kirk is to the franchise. Without him, there would be no peace—and Worf would become one of Star Trek’s darkest villains.

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