Star Trek Discovery vs The Orville

This is the new Star Trek Discovery trailer. And as exciting as it is, I’m uneasy about much of the aesthetic choices, most especially the Klingons. Yes, I know the Klingons have changed a few times, but never this drastically, or for seemingly just the heck of it. Some will point out that when he had the money, Roddenberry changed the look of several aliens…well, yes, he did, but he did it to what we know from the ’80s and ’90s, not this new version. I’m not trying to make the case that new aliens and a modern aesthetic are contrary to good storytelling, that judgment will need to wait until the show actually airs. However, what many fans have come to expect from Trek is a certain level of consistency, and this seems to disregard consistency for what I can only assume is renewed interest.

Keeping in mind that this show will air only its pilot on network television, and then reside behind a paywall, CBS is banking on serious interest that this trailer only barely stirs, at least in someone that has watched Star Trek most of his life. I hope that the show will have success, but given the issues they’ve had with the roll-out, delays, budget and personnel, I fear this show may be shorter lived than Enterprise was.

Meanwhile, this is the trailer for a new show on Fox, starring Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, American Dad, and so much more. This show looks to be a lighter look at the future and space exploration, almost refreshing given the numerous dystopian themes running through much of network and cable television. This seems like a bit of a coup for Fox as “The Orville” looks more like Trek than the new Trek. It also, by using humor, might have an edge over a show that seems like it might be focusing a bit to much on the drama of space travel…and doing so in horrible stylistic contrast to its predecessors.

I will admit that I am looking forward to both of these shows, but there is reason to bet on the latter having more success than the former if nothing else but because people might want a healthy dose of funny and interesting rather than space battles galore plus drama. The current political climate might just be the thing that sets the shows against each other.

Savor life…

“Once More unto the Breach” (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Savor the fruit of life, my young friends. The taste is sweet at first, but it turns bitter after a time. ~ Kor

ya pakonim kya ke punka asayo sika | ke matsua kue niha naye mula ehe tla nikalatli
VOC young-nice-PL IMP O fruit life-GEN savor | O taste like sweet during begin but 4sg be.bitter-become-FUT

Hangul for Klingon

ghItlhchen – “Constructed Writing”

My appreciation for Hangul and my wholly amateurish interest in Klingon have converged…I felt compelled to create a version of Hangul for Klingon.

So, here it is;

ghitlh bas
These are the basic consonants.

The “la” and “ra” are ambiguous. This can cause confusion between such words as “ghel”- ask (a question) and “gher”- formulate, compile, pull together; however most of these instances would be discernible through syntax and context.

ghitlh fin
The final consonants “tlha”, “va”, and the glottal stop (taken from obsolete Hangul Jamo) – in all positions – must be edited in an image and can not be properly typed on a computer.

ghitlh vows
The endings “-w’” and “-y’” must be discerned through context. The “-w” diphthongs must be edited as an image.

ghitlh w y
The “yI” and “Iy” are identical but can be identified by surrounding characters. The “w” and “y” initials can be written as the “ng” initial because no Klingon word begins with either “ngw” or “ngy”. The same is true for the endearment suffix “-oy” as there is no Klingon word “ngoy”.

ghitlh targh
For comparison…

ghitlh samp 1

A Fuller Trekverse.

Last month I explained my joy at the 50th anniversary. This month I am almost as excited about the announcement that Bryan Fuller has been picked to run the new TV series. I do not have extremely high expectations for the show, but his early career was on DS9 and Voyager, so, it stands to reason that he is ensconced in all things Trek.

I’ve heard rumors of who might be starring on the show, but I won’t spread those here. What I will say is that if the show is anything like Enterprise, it won’t last long and many people will surrender their combadges.

Klingon Lit 101

A mildly humorous look at how Klingon enthusiasts have taken the conlang to a higher level.


ke nokua munye ma’e tlahi
O thing-all be.difficult before be.easy
All things are difficult before they are easy.

wàn shì kāi tóu nán

Tota cosas es difisil ante los es fasil.

tlhIngan Hol:
Qatlh ngeDpa’ Hoch

The Tao of Pooh

“What day is it?” asked Pooh
“It’s today” squeaked Piglet
“My favorite day” said Pooh


ke yoma ka – pu kanyoye
iyoma – sikuehi itsuye
ke yoma nayo kipe – pu kalaye


Ce dia es lo? – Pooh ia demanda
Lo es oji – Piglet ia pia
Me dia favoreda – Pooh ia dise

tlhIngan Hol:

jaj’a’ – pu’ ghel
DaHjaj – pIghlet wabHommoH
jaj’e’ vImaS – pu’ jatlh