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July 28, 2009 6:15 PM   Subscribe

Le Wrath Di Khan. This is too much of a geekgasm not to share.

Mike Fasolo, Writer: "I only wish we could have gotten the Kirk puppet to make that ridiculous face Shatner makes in the movie when he yells Khaaaaaaan!! Other than that it may be the perfect sketch."

You mean this ridiculous face, Mr. Fasolo? (not the traditional "KHAAAAAN!" link) (more)
posted by WCityMike (34 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

Here's a YouTube link for people not in the USA.
posted by ten pounds of inedita at 6:21 PM on July 28, 2009 [2 favorites]

Thanks, 10 Pounds – I had no idea Comedy Central's video viewer was US-specific.
posted by WCityMike at 6:23 PM on July 28, 2009

Bravissimo! Una vera opera d'arte!
posted by Partario at 6:28 PM on July 28, 2009

so . . . you're saying I can be watching Robot Chicken continuously on the internet until I have to go to work tomorrow?
posted by @troy at 6:36 PM on July 28, 2009

Spock's death is the first, and one of the only, time a movie made me cry.
posted by DU at 6:37 PM on July 28, 2009 [2 favorites]

Just to be anal, I don't think this has anything to do with Comedy Central.

Since I haven't had cable in a couple of years I haven't really seen Adult Swim lately, aside from keeping up with the Venture Bros. Do they put pretty much everything online these days or would I need cable to enjoy all of the wonderful dumb shit they have now?
posted by palidor at 6:44 PM on July 28, 2009's...this needs to be done for real.
posted by Xoebe at 6:45 PM on July 28, 2009 [1 favorite]

I bisogni dei molti superano i bisogni in peso dei pochi. O quello.
posted by longsleeves at 6:45 PM on July 28, 2009 [2 favorites]

Needs more Bugs Bunny.
posted by SNACKeR at 6:46 PM on July 28, 2009

...would I need cable to enjoy all of the wonderful dumb shit they have now?

Well, from recent experience, your senses can be assaulted with about 20 minutes of some kind of cartoon network (NOT JUST CARTOONS) by simply attending the latest Harry Potter previews.
posted by odinsdream at 6:46 PM on July 28, 2009

For more HYSTERICAL Star Trek action figure comedy, Star Trek Cribs
posted by kldickson at 6:46 PM on July 28, 2009 [2 favorites]

The extended scream is fascinating. The way the minor features are looped, slowly building and continuing, provides an interesting way to focus on the short clip for a much longer time.
posted by filthy light thief at 6:47 PM on July 28, 2009

Not bad.
posted by Effigy2000 at 6:54 PM on July 28, 2009

so . . . you're saying I can be watching Robot Chicken continuously on the internet until I have to go to work tomorrow?

Yes, with the exception of a handful of clips forced off for legal/rights reasons, Adult Swim has every single Robot Chicken sketch for free on their website. (As well as a few full episodes of every one of the shows on a rotating cycle too)
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:59 PM on July 28, 2009

Do they put pretty much everything online these days

Almost all their premieres stream online a few days after the Sunday premieres. They're also streaming episodes of The Mighty Boosh and King of the Hill.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:01 PM on July 28, 2009

This truly would be awesome to do for real.
posted by odinsdream at 7:25 PM on July 28, 2009

Shatner's "KHAAAANN!" always reminded me of Jack Gilford's imitation of "pea soup coming to a furious boil." The extended version makes it practically identical.

I'd love to see "Koyaanisqatsi" playing under that clip.
posted by PlusDistance at 7:25 PM on July 28, 2009

Has William Shatner (the alleged singer) ever done a duet wit Chaka Khan (ChakaKahnChakaKhan)? And if not, WHY NOT?!?
posted by wendell at 8:19 PM on July 28, 2009

wendell: "Has William Shatner (the alleged singer) ever done a duet wit Chaka Khan (ChakaKahnChakaKhan)? And if not, WHY NOT?!?"

Well, wendell, there's this.
posted by WCityMike at 8:23 PM on July 28, 2009 [5 favorites]

WCityMike, you made my day (and I didn't need to use my last bullet, punk).
posted by wendell at 8:37 PM on July 28, 2009

posted by blue_beetle at 9:01 PM on July 28, 2009

Glad I could spread a little of the surreal, wendell. On the flip side, this is a little sad ...
posted by WCityMike at 9:10 PM on July 28, 2009

my favorite part (other than the whole concept of a wrath of khan opera) is they did a great job with the little details that make it so opera-tastic, like the cardboard cutouts of the ships, and spock's exaggerated ears, and the choruses of non-characters. So great. 99% of their audience wouldn't know the difference, but they did it anyway.
posted by Jon_Evil at 9:22 PM on July 28, 2009 [2 favorites]

You can't fully appreciate "The Wrath Of Khan" until you've seen it performed in the original Klingon.
posted by mhoye at 9:41 PM on July 28, 2009 [2 favorites]

Jon_Evil: "the little details that make it so opera-tastic"

Funny you said that, Jon, as I had noticed something similar myself: how the "prefix code" was (if you look at it) supposed to be a projection on the backdrop ... that sort of dichotomy of "cardboard/papermache models of spaceships vs. fancy stuff projected on backdrop" definitely is an "opera-tastic" detail as well.
posted by WCityMike at 9:41 PM on July 28, 2009

Fanfreakintastic. I just wish they had included Khan singing the line, "He tasks me. He tasks me, and I shall have him!" It just begs for an operatic flourish.
posted by fuse theorem at 9:53 PM on July 28, 2009 [2 favorites]

Two posts that include William Shatner? In 24 hours?

No more, you gods, no more! Your present kindness makes my past troubles seem sport!
posted by Joey Michaels at 10:09 PM on July 28, 2009

The thing about the "Khaaaan!" scream is that he's only pretending to be angry to make Khan think he's trapped inside the planet when in fact he's already arranged to be beamed out. So not only is William Shatner an awesome actor, Captain Kirk is, too.
posted by kirkaracha at 7:14 AM on July 29, 2009 [2 favorites]

The staging of the ships carried in by the crew is brilliant.
posted by Nelson at 8:07 AM on July 29, 2009 [1 favorite]

I just loved this when it was first on Robot Chicken and I loved seeing it again! The opera is really, really good and the 'staging' makes it perfect, complete with sub-titles!

Nice voices on them.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 8:15 AM on July 29, 2009

Sona si Latine loqueris.
posted by Evilspork at 10:27 AM on July 29, 2009

I would *so* go see this opera.
posted by dejah420 at 12:14 PM on July 29, 2009


Non so voi. Ma voi.
Non ho mai dimenticare un volto.
Mister Chekov, non è vero?
Non ho mai pensato di vedere
il tuo volto nuovamente.

Chekov, che è questo l'uomo?

Un criminale, capitano --
un prodotto di alla fine
del 20o secolo genetica ingegneria --

Che cosa vuoi da noi? Chiedo --

Sei in grado di chiedere niente, signore.
Io, d'altro canto,
sono in grado di concedere nulla.
Quello che vedete è ciò che resta di
della nave e l'equipaggio della
Botany Bay, abbandonato qui quindici
anni fa dal Capitano James T. Kirk.

Ascolta a me - lei gli uomini e le donne --

Salva la tua forza, capitano, questi
persone hanno giurato di vivere e morire a
il mio comando di duecento anni prima
siete nati. Vuoi dire che ...
... mai detto che la storia?
Per divertire voi, capitano? Mai detto
Imprese come la ripresa della
Botany Bay, persi nello spazio della
anno 1996, me stesso e l'equipaggio della nave
società in criogeni congelare?

Non ho mai incontrato anche l'ammiraglio Kirk --

Ammiraglio? Egli non dirà come
Ammiraglio Kirk inviato settant'anni di noi in
esilio su questo mucchio di sabbia sterile con
solo il contenuto di queste baie di carico
per sostenere i nostri servizi?

È menzogna! Il CETI Alpha V vi è stato
vita, la possibilità di un equo --

Questo è CETI Alpha V!
Alpha Sei de Ceti esploso
sei mesi dopo che sono
stati qui a sinistra.
Lo choc è spostata la orbita di questo
pianeta e tutto ciò è stato devastato.
Ammiraglio Kirk mai la briga
di verificare i nostri progressi.
E 'stato solo il fatto
del mio geneticamente ingegneria intelligenza
che ci ha permesso per sopravvivere!
Sulla terra, duecento anni fa,
ero un principe, con il potere
per milioni - adesso, come Prometeo
Sono stato lasciato da Ammiraglio di Kirk
digerire le mie viscere.

Capitano Kirk è stato il vostro ospite!
È rimborsati la sua ospitalità,
cercando di rubare la sua
nave e l'uccisione di lui.

And I'll scommessa non ha mai detto
sulla sua Shipmate, la bellissima
e coraggioso tenente McGiver,
che ha dato tutto per unirsi a me
in esilio. E AMORE. E vedere venisse
L'ammiraglio Kirk requited sua devozione --
Lei è morta, come la terra!

Una piaga su di voi tutti.

Se non si aspettava di trovare me.
È questo pensiero è stato Alpha Sei de Ceti
Perché siete qui?


Non importa.

È presto mi dicono volentieri
Permettetemi di presentarvi al Alpha Cinque de Ceti
solo restante forma di vita indigena;
cosa ne pensi? Hanno ucciso
venti del mio popolo, compreso il mio
amata moglie.
Oh, non tutti in una volta
e non immediatamente, per essere sicuro.
Loro inserire i giovani attraverso
le orecchie e avvolgere
intorno alla corteccia cerebrale.
Questo ha l'effetto di rendere la
estremamente sensibili alla vittima suggerimento.
Più tardi, in quanto crescono,
segue la follia, paralisi - e morte.
Questi sono gli animali, ovviamente --
non abbastanza addomesticati.

Khan, ascoltami!
Capitano Kirk è stato solo
facendo il suo dovere!
Voi --

C'è qualche dolore alla prima, sono
detto, e quindi gli effetti sono molto
benigni - fino alla fine. Questo è stato
ciò che ho imparato da mia moglie a guardare.
Che c'è di meglio! Ora: tell me why
siete qui - e mi dica dove ho
possono trovare James Kirk.
posted by kldickson at 7:55 PM on July 29, 2009 [2 favorites]

This was both lovely and awesome, but I have some issues with the voices. For example, they've got Spock as a light, lyric tenor when it's so obviously a bass-baritone role. Kirk as a Heldentenor is perfect, though...

Before the thread dies, here's how I'd distribute the voices:
Kirk: Heldentenor
Spock: bass-baritone
McCoy: baritone
Chekhov: lyric tenor
Sulu: lyric tenor
Uhura: mezzo
Scott: bass
Saavik: lyric soprano
Terrell: bass

Carol Marcus: dramatic soprano
David: lyric tenor (or maybe countertenor)

Khan: heroic baritone

Now, who are we going to get to compose this...?
posted by Pallas Athena at 11:45 AM on August 19, 2009

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