tlhIngan tach 'el wa' tera'ngan. A Terran goes into a Klingon
chech ghaH. bar. He is drunk. He shouts
HochvaD jach <tlhInganpu', SaparHa'qu'! to everyone "I love you Klingons!
SuvwI'na' vImoj vIneHbej. I want to become a real warrior.
chay' 'e' vIta'laH?> How can I do this?"
jang chom <SuvwI'na' DamojmeH wej The bartender answers "To become
Qu' Data'nIS. a true warrior, you must carry out
Qu' wa': cha'vatlh ben HIq HIvje' three tasks. First, you must drink
naQ DatlhutlhnIS. an entire glass of 200 year old
Qu' cha': chemvaH tlhab DaSuvnIS. ale. Second, you must fight a wild
Qu' wej: tlhIngan be' DangaghnIS. chemvaH. Third, you must make love
Qu'meyvam Data'chugh, vaj SuvwI'na' to a Klingon woman. If you
Damojbej.> accomplish these tasks, you will
<lu'> jatlh tera'ngan. be a real warrior."
chomvo' cha'vatlh ben HIq HIvje' "OK" says the Terran. The human
tlhap Human 'ej nom Hoch tlhutlh. takes a glass of 200 year old ale
chechqu'choH ghaH. from the bartender and drinks it
<tugh jIchegh!> jach 'ej mej. down. He becomes very drunk. "I
nI'pu'DI' poH chegh tera'ngan. will return!" he shouts, and leaves.
HIq tlhutlhta'mo' chechqu'taH. A long time later, the Terran
SutDaj pe'lu'chu' 'ej DIrDajDaq returns. He is still very drunk
machbogh QIH law' lutu'lu'. from the ale. His clothes are torn
loQ regh. and his skin has many small injuries.
jach Human <Ha', cha' Qu' He's bleeding a little. The human
vIta'ta'! cries out "All right! I've finished
DaH, nuqDaq ghaH tlhIngan be''e' two of the tasks! Now, where's
vISuvnISbogh?> that Klingon woman I'm supposed to
In the original television series (TOS), Klingons were typically portrayed with bronze skin and facial hair suggestive of Asian peoples, and possessed physical abilities similar to humans (in fact, Coon's only physical description of them in his "Errand of Mercy" script is "oriental" and "hard-faced".) The swarthy look of Klingon males was created with the application of shoe polish and long, thin moustaches; budget constraints would not allow any further creativity. The overall look of the aliens, played by white actors, suggested orientalism, at a time when memories of Japanese actions during World War II were still fresh.
The Klingons took on the role of the Soviet Union in opposition to the United States' future counterpart, the United Federation of Planets.
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