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Old July 6 2013, 03:48 PM   #1
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Tribbles and Klingons

Having watched the Trouble with Tribbles episode, my son wants to know if Klingons hate Tribbles or are afraid of them (and why). (faces were selected by my son).
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Old July 6 2013, 06:05 PM   #2
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More just plain disgusted with them, I think (and the feeling's mutual). Tribbles are far too soft and fuzzy for a Klingon's liking (their idea of a pet is a targ, after all). A tribble's screeching must be to a Klingon like fingernails down a chalkboard. And tribbles, for their part, perceive the Klingons as predators and threats (perhaps reminiscent of the predators on the Tribbles' homeworld) and hence aren't friendly to them at all.
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Old July 6 2013, 08:25 PM   #3
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Worf's speech and disdain are classic.
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Old July 6 2013, 11:15 PM   #4
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my son wants to know if Klingons hate Tribbles
Inform your son that Klingons don't discuss this with outsiders.

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Old July 6 2013, 11:17 PM   #5
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Re: Tribbles and Klingons

Tell him Klingons love Tribbles.

They're delicious!

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Old July 6 2013, 11:36 PM   #6
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Re: Tribbles and Klingons

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More just plain disgusted with them, I think (and the feeling's mutual). Tribbles are far too soft and fuzzy for a Klingon's liking (their idea of a pet is a targ, after all). A tribble's screeching must be to a Klingon like fingernails down a chalkboard. And tribbles, for their part, perceive the Klingons as predators and threats (perhaps reminiscent of the predators on the Tribbles' homeworld) and hence aren't friendly to them at all.

That's my theory as well on some level the Tribbles percieve/sense the Klingons as a threat. Though the really important uestion is

Do they still sing songs about the great Tribble hunt?

Though it might need a new verse or two following the repopulation of the species due to a pre-destination paradox.
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Old July 8 2013, 03:43 AM   #7
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Re: Tribbles and Klingons

Ever wonder what became of the Tribbles that Scotty beamed into the D7's engine room?

"Where they'll be no Tribble at all."
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Old July 8 2013, 04:56 AM   #8
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Tell him Klingons love Tribbles.

They're delicious!

Tribble -- the other white meat!
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Old July 8 2013, 05:05 PM   #9
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Re: Tribbles and Klingons

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Ever wonder what became of the Tribbles that Scotty beamed into the D7's engine room?

"Where they'll be no Tribble at all."
According to Scotty, it would be inhuman to beam the tribbles into space, so he beamed them into the Klingon ship. Where non-human characters beamed them into space or just scattered them across the sector at an atomic level.
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Old July 8 2013, 07:01 PM   #10
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Re: Tribbles and Klingons

Definitely one of those situations that seems funny on the surface, but once you consider the ramifications, the outcome turns quite gruesome.

"I kinna' kill th' wee beasties...I'll let th' Kling'ns do it."

I wonder if anyone ever "called" Gerrold on that likelihood?

Tangently related, if we assume Caitians parallel terran felines in more than just vague appearance, notably, their diets, then tribbles probably "smell" Caitians to be obligate carnivores and probably react similarly as they do to Klingons. In other words, you're not likely to see Lt. M'Ress with a pet tribble. (Poor thing would probably shriek itself in a cardiac arrest!)

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Old July 8 2013, 11:18 PM   #11
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Just because a creature is furry and purrs, doesn't mean its more deserving of life than a cockroach. WHERE exactly was Scotty supposed to put the little menaces?

KIRK: "I *don't care what it takes*, I want them off my ship"

This little furry, purring creature in my lap right now has wiped out several species and is endangering others as we speak.

And hold on, so Cyrano Jones gets, effectively, a 23 year sentence for various transportation issues....but it's ok for the Enterprise crew bring them on board? Harsh. That's like sentencing that guy who sold the Gremlin.
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Old July 9 2013, 12:41 AM   #12
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And hold on, so Cyrano Jones gets, effectively, a 23 year sentence for various transportation issues....but it's ok for the Enterprise crew bring them on board? Harsh. That's like sentencing that guy who sold the Gremlin.
He deserves it. That car was a piece of crap.

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Old July 9 2013, 01:11 AM   #13
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Definitely one of those situations that seems funny on the surface, but once you consider the ramifications, the outcome turns quite gruesome.

"I kinna' kill th' wee beasties...I'll let th' Kling'ns do it."

I wonder if anyone ever "called" Gerrold on that likelihood?
In his book about the episode, Gerrold also wondered about the fate of the Tribbles, saying something to the effect of "I bet the Klingons didn't let any thoughts of inhumanity trouble them."
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Old July 9 2013, 01:39 AM   #14
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Re: Tribbles and Klingons

Tribbles are hated because of these things:

1) They are an ecological menace - they eat all the food and breed like mad. Only their natural predators on their homeworld can deal with them
2) They are cute, and Klingons hate anything cute
3) They let out ear-piercing screeches when in the presence of Klingons
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Old July 9 2013, 01:52 AM   #15
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There's more than one way to skin a tribble ...

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