How I Learned to Stop Whining and Love the Klingons
Posted on Wed Dec 26th, 2018 @ 12:00pm by Ensign Kira Shiryankin
BEGIN PERSONAL LOG
One of the more bizarre things that I believe I evr experienced happened when I
visited the base to attend the engineering conference I mentioned in my previous
log entries. While walking along the concourse, I noticed a theatre being run by
the local contingent of the Klingons. Intrigued of course, I figured I would go over
and check it out.
The theatre was an older almost relic of how these were run back in the 20th and
early 21st centuries on Earth, with computerized and digital playbacks replacing
the old cameral and film projector systems. When I talked to the Klingon owner, he
informed me that he had been interested in olf Earth wartime short films, especially
those regarding World War II, which gave him the idea to buy up the property belonging
to an old theatre in Chicago, and ship the entire thing to Starbase 55.
The Klingon owner seemed genuinely pleased with the attention the theatre was getting,
and apparently things had gotten around back on Qo'nos, because one of the houses on
the High Council not only decided to become a patron of this "interesting venture",
but he made sure that one of the latest Klingon epics made its debut run at the theatre.
"The History of Glory" had a three hour run time, and it covered the events of the fight
against the Hurq, early in Klingon history, to the formation of the Klingon Empire, and
the first confrontations against their other neighbors, including the Romulan Empire,
and the Federation. Nothing in the movie mentioned the outcomes of these later conflicts,
although the last few minutes of the movie were spent exhorting the warrior to "fight battles
for the Klingon soul", and it ended with a message from the emperor, saying that the greatest
tests for warriors await those who have the strength to fight those battles. Of course, as a
human, I had to take a universal translator in with me, but even I as a foreign listener could
feel moved by the spirit put into the characters, and the story.
I doubt that the Klingons were ever as completely honorable as they were depicted in this
film, but I've been told that you have to expect some amount of grandiose, patting one's
self on the shoulders, and padding their own history quite a bit.
At the end of the day, it was a very insightful look into the history of the Klingon Empire.
This personal log was brought to you by:
Ens. Kira Shiryankin
Engineering Officer - USS Eclipse