Peach Wookiee wrote:
I personally think Uhura being a polyglot makes sense. If you're a comm officer encountering new life forms and the captain needs to talk to them, s/he needs you to do his job.
For me this has just always been implicit. I remember getting to read SPOCK MUST DIE! when I was 13 or so and not thinking twice about Uhura being the one to suggest coding messages to Starfleet that would fool Klingons with the aid of Eurish, the 'language' created by novelist James Joyce.
Damn, it has been 40 years and I still want to see a TREK space battle as good as the one in that little book (or better still, the one early on in THE WOUNDED SKY.)