The fans have spoken, and another Star Trek Fan Collective has been released. Hot on the heels of the Q collective, the newest DVD focuses on episodes featuring Klingons. From the early days of big eyebrows and grease paint to Worf serving on the Enterprise and later Deep Space Nine, this collective includes episodes from all five series. Get ready for an honorable time!
OS- “The Trouble with Tribbles”
On a mission to Deep Space Station K-7, Captain Kirk foils the plan of a Klingon spy surgically altered to look human with the help of a group of cute, fuzzy Tribbles. This episode remains classic for revealing the Tribbles as one of the Klingon Empire’s most hated foes and for the iconic image of Kirk neck-deep in fuzz.
TNG: "A Matter of Honor"
As part of the Federation exchange program, Riker volunteers to serve as the first officer on a Klingon vessel. Soon, the Klingons detect a corrosive substance on their hull and believe it to be secret weapon unleashed by the Enterprise. Even more Shocking than Riker going into battle against the Enterprise is the moment where two Klingon women lick their lips while inviting him to engage in a threesome!
TNG- "Redemption, Parts 1&2"
Acting as the arbiter of succession, Picard oversees the appointment of the new leader of the Klingon High Council. A civil war erupts, as the Romulans supply the treacherous descendants of Duras, led by sisters Lursa and B’Etor. Part 1 ends with a shocking cliffhanger, as Worf resigns his Starfleet commission and the half-Romulan daughter of Tasha Yar is revealed as the mysterious Romulan conspirator. An excellent study of Worf’s inner struggle, this episode also features a cool connection to "Yesterday’s Enterprise," included on the Time Travel Collective.
DS9- "The Way of the Warrior"
While Cousin Oliver’s arrival to the Brady home was transparent and an obvious ratings ploy, the addition of Worf to DS9 was a natural fit. A swarm of Klingons arrive at DS9 and conduct searches of nearby ships. The crew, along with Worf, soon uncovers a Klingon plot to invade Kardassia. The season four opener includes plenty of action; flirty jabs from former Klingon Daks; and Worf missing the good old days, like when the Borg captured Picard. This is when DS9 truly picks up speed!
STV- "The Barge of Death"
"Is it just me, or has everyone gone Klingon happy?" asks B’Lanna, after finding an artifact bearing the Klingon insignia during a mission in an ion storm. All appears upbeat at first, as Seven and the Doctor learn Klingon drinking songs to celebrate this small piece of the Alpha quadrant. However, B’Lanna soon finds herself on the Barge of Death, a craft transporting dishonored warriors to Klingon hell. This episode probes deeply into Klingon mythology, as B’Lanna comes to terms with her estranged mother and her heritage.
The set also includes:
STE- "Broken Bow"
OS- "Errand of Mercy"
TNG- "Sins of the Father"
DS9- "The Sword of Kahless"
DS9- "Trials and Tribble-ations"
Final Verdict While Q and the Borg, both subjects of previous collectives, have remained consistent since their introduction on TNG, the Klingons have undergone immense changes since their introduction in OS. This collective offers a strong portrait of the evolution of one of science fiction’s most beloved alien species (with an equally beloved language, to boot). Of course, the main feature is watching the journey of Worf, believably portrayed by the great Michael Dorn, from stolid warrior to loyal officer with great affection for his fellow crewmen. However, there are a few episodes that could be replaced for more relevant ones. For instance, while "Trials and Tribulations" is an excellent episode, it focuses more on time travel than Klingons, which is why it was included on the Time Travel Collective. Again, this type of overlap cuts down on variety for fans buying these sets over the season box sets. Yet, for the most part, this is a comprehensive collection that finally sees the addition of Enterprise into the fold. So, if you’re a fan of Klingons, retain your honor, and go pick it up. Q’apla!
The Star Trek Fan Collective Klingon is available from Amazon.com
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