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Old October 31 2012, 02:30 PM   #18
Re: Why didn't Kirk just contact Sulu?

It doesn't appear likely that any of the people aboard would actually know how to speak Klingon. How many USN personnel spoke Russian during the Cold War? And that's a language they would have had available in libraries everywhere, rather than an alien one.

In ST3, it's something of a plot point that Kirk doesn't know any Klingonese, and only manages to get Maltz to beam him up by imitating a phrase he overheard from Kruge...

In was Archer, not Kirk, who had a linguist as part of the bridge crew. Well, and nuPike, too; apparently, nuKirk has one now as well.

Timo Saloniemi
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