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Old June 16 2013, 03:02 AM   #1
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Klingon Blood

Oh yeah, I'm going here.

In ST6, it's pink. Everywhere else, it's regular red blood.

Of course, it was pink is ST6 so that we'd be able to see that "this is not Klingon blood!" Such a plot device was not required anywhere else.

So, given the importance given to Klingon blood colour, I personally tend to think that it's always "meant" to be that colour.

Thoughts? Anyone agree or disagree?
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Old June 16 2013, 03:27 AM   #2
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Oh yeah, I'm going here.
Boldly going to a topic that's been discussed here many times.

It's yet another example of lack of continuity in a franchise chock full of it.
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Old June 16 2013, 03:54 AM   #3
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^I vaguely remember hearing that showing red blood would have changed the film's rating when it was released. I'm not sure if that's true, however.

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Old June 16 2013, 03:58 AM   #4
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My explanation is that the reason the blood looked like pepto bismol is because the unusual type of phasers (or unusual setting used) used by the assassins killed off large numbers of red blood cells in the area of the wound, leaving behind a higher than normal concentration of white blood cell. The result was "pink blood."

Because a different type of phaser was used, is the reason McCoy was having trouble getting the wounds to close using medical equipment that normally should have worked.


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Old June 16 2013, 06:37 AM   #5
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"Set phasers for pastel."
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Old June 16 2013, 07:14 AM   #6
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Maybe Klingons have different blood types and those blood types can vary in color. The Chancellor may've had type, I dunno, "chopl'lkth" blood that appeared pink, while Worf has type, uh, "gash'blosh" blood, which appears dark red.
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Old June 16 2013, 07:18 AM   #7
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...Or it's just another oddity like the dozens of others scattered throughout Trek. It happens.
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Old June 16 2013, 07:23 AM   #8
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In the Star Trek Klingon video game they tried using the pink blood. Gowron taking a blood oath with pepto bismol just looked plain silly. So I think they made the right call.
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Old June 16 2013, 07:24 AM   #9
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"Why do Klingons have pink blood?"

"It is something we do not discuss with outsiders."
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Old June 16 2013, 08:28 AM   #10
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Re: Klingon Blood

Hell, if we're going to go there we could argue that the Augment virus is responsible for the change in color.
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Old June 16 2013, 09:56 PM   #11
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I always figured it was pink because of radiation from Praxis.
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Old June 17 2013, 01:51 AM   #12
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Re: Klingon Blood

Sran wrote: View Post
^I vaguely remember hearing that showing red blood would have changed the film's rating when it was released. I'm not sure if that's true, however.

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In that case I think it might be true because of the amount of blood shown. Instead of Klingon's bleeding from wounds, they were spraying blood out of wounds and there was blood everywhere when gravity was restored. IT WAS A BLOODBATH!

A little bit of red blood lets you keep PG, gallons of red blood takes you to PG-13 or R. Gallons of Pepto Bismol lets you keep the PG.

Makes sense to me.
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Old June 17 2013, 01:57 AM   #13
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Kevman7987 wrote: View Post
In that case I think it might be because of the amount of blood shown. Instead of Klingon's bleeding from wounds, they were spraying blood out of wounds and there was blood everywhere when gravity was restored.

A little bit of red blood lets you keep PG, gallons of red blood takes you to PG-13 or R. Gallons of Pepto Bismol lets you keep the PG.
That makes sense and fits with what I was told before. Thanks!

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Old June 17 2013, 03:16 PM   #14
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Isn't there a version of ST VI where the blood is red?
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Old June 17 2013, 03:24 PM   #15
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Probably wouldn't be that hard to alter the color to dark red while changing nothing else in the frame.

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