Continuity mistake: After the bird of prey first fires on Enterprise, Kirk is thrown right out of his chair to his left and lands on the floor. The camera pans around the bridge briefly, seeing the rest of the crew staggering and holding onto things. In the very next shot Kirk is back in his chair shouting "back off, back off" and the crew back in their positions as if nothing has happened.
The Klingon moon Praxis has exploded, and the Klingons face an ozone crisis that they can't overcome without the Federation's help. Spock volunteers Kirk and the soon-to-be-retired crew of the Enterprise to go meet with the Klingon ambassador. But an explosion on the Klingons' ship kills the ambassador, and as Enterprise is the only ship around, Kirk and McCoy are arrested and taken to Rura Penthe (a hard-labor camp on a frozen world). The Enterprise and Sulu's Excelsior then race to save the two from lifelong slavery, while working to intercept an assassination attempt on the former ambassador's daughter at a peace conference.
Trivia: The Klingon who defends Kirk and McCoy at the trial is Michael Dorn, the actor who plays Worf in The Next Generation. The Klingon makeup is also identical, even though it is supposed to be a different character. (The makeup is actually more subdued than the makeup for TNG [flatter] but it looks similar because he is actually playing one of Lieutenant Worf's ancestors.)
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