A Klingon officer in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine played by actor Michael Dorn.
Unlike the hostile Klingons of the original Star Trek, Worf and his race are allied with the Federation of Planets, a federation that includes Earth.
Apparently Star Trek producer Gene Roddenberry initially didn’t envision Worf as a regular in the series because he didn’t want to rehash existing themes from the original TV series (i.e. the Klingons).
But Worf’s popularity was undeniable, and Roddenberry along with subsequent producers modified their outlook regarding the Star Trek mythos, embracing and adapting past episodes to further enhance the overall story, which in literary circles is recognized as a device called ‘retroactive continuity.’
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