Worf, meanwhile, has lived away from the Klingon Empire for so long, he can no longer really return. His Klingon identity has become less and less important to him. Kurn, in doubting the Empire, is also now trapped between worlds. He would like to serve on a starship, but his habit of killing treason suspects isn’t really the way the Federation operates. Neither likes their position. Kurn tries to behave like a Starfleet officer but simply doesn’t have the wherewithal.
Kurn, finally realizing that he no longer has a place with Klingons or aliens once again asks for the murder ritual. Worf, also disconnected from the Klingon world, refuses this time. It seems that both are alienated from their culture. The difference between Worf and Kurn, however, is that the former did it deliberately. The latter only suffered as a direct result of Worf’s actions.
Worf, as a solution, asks that surgery be performed on Kurn to alter his appearance. Dr. Bashir (Alexander Siddig) is also able to wipe out most of his memories, leaving him without an identity. This isn’t much of a loss for Kurn who feels he lost his identity anyway. Kurn is taken in by a friend of his father, given a new name, and freed to form a new life from scratch. While leaving Deep Space Nine, Kurn passes by Worf. Do we know each other? No. Worf has no family.
Worf sucks as a brother. When it comes to caring for family, Worf knows only neglect. He is self-absorbed and preoccupied with ritual. Worf also famously neglected his son, never checked in on a paramour, and didn’t correspond with old friends. He’s an honorable dude, but he will not text you back.