Nerd Lunch Podcast 11: A Klingon Christmas Carol

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Nerd Lunch Podcast 11: A Klingon Christmas Carol

Cast member and official tweeter for A Klingon Christmas Carol, Jen Usellis Mackay, joins us at the lunch table this week. Jen gives us the inside scoop on what it’s like to work on the first play performed in the Klingon language, how to get in on this year’s performances in Chicago, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Romulan music project (not really). Later the Nerds get a mini language lesson from Jen and we all play a few rounds of “our favorite Klingon things”. Listen and find out why tlhutlhlu’meH QaQ jajvam!

By | 2017-03-18T03:38:51+00:00 November 15th, 2011|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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  1. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    My list of favorite Klingons is quite long and even though I didn't actually say his name on the episode, Michael Ansara's Kang would make the list. Unfortunately, his episode was in the much maligned third season of Classic Trek and not a great episode overall. He more than makes up for it in DS9's "Blood Oath" and even appears in an episode of Voyager.

    Ansara is one of "those guys" that should be on our list of "Give That Guy Some Work" although he might have retired by now. Love his voice. He was Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series and helped turn a character I always hated into a character that I thought was actually pretty cool (er…no pun intended).

    He was also in Babylon 5. Great character that only appeared once. I had hoped he'd show up again, but never did.

  2. Jon Silpayamanant February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks to Jen and all you guys at Nerd Lunch for the great podcast! We (il Troubadore Klingon Music Project) would so love to come do a party for you guys! 😉

  3. Chrisloc1701 February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Yet another great episode CT & Crew. Hoping that you guys make 'alien culture' episodes a franchise topic. Would love you guys to explore other aliens like the Romulans, Dominion, Centauri, Narn, etc. Jen Usellis Mackay was awesome in the 4th chair and her command of the Klingon language was both impressive and attractive…

    – My favorite klingon would have to be Kor. John Colicos was an amazing actor, I loved him as Kor and Baltar on the original BSG. Also he was an actor from my homeland of Canada. But he was the basis of all Klingons since he was the original, and his 3 episodes on DS9 are among my favorites.

    – I agree with CT that Christopher Lloyd was awesome as Kruge and Star Trek 3 is one of my favorite Trek films. Kruge would be my favorite Klingon Villain.

    – I liked Tony Todd as Worf's brother Kern. I did not like what they did with his character at the end of his episode on DS9. I would like to have seen Kern die in battle, not mind wiped. Also he had a family back on Kronos, Worf made reference to them on TNG, so what ever happened to them and why would Worf agree to mind wipe his brother who had a family?

    – Also I have always had an attraction to Betor. She was evil but there was something about her that caught my eye… had I been Worf I don't think I would have resisted her advances..

    And I got my Marvel postcard from CT. Thanks again CT! The Hulk postcard was a perfect choice as he is my favorite Marvel character and Peter David's 12 year run on the 'Incredible Hulk' title is my favorite run of any comic ever. Thanks again!

  4. Jack February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    QaQ is good? My kind of girl! When you posted on this production last year, I asked if DVD's were available. They weren't then, but it's good to see that problem has been addressed.

    My favorite Klingon did not appear in any episode that I'm aware of. When I was your age, computers and consoles didn't have much to offer, and I got together with friends as often as possible to play multiplayer boardgames. One of these was FEDERATION & EMPIRE (1986),a grand strategy game which allowed up to nine players to participate, each controlling a race from the ST pantheon. Sprinkled through the lengthy rules manual were quotations from the great leaders of "history," including this gem from Admiral Ardak Kumerian. It is one of the most valuable life lessons that has ever been imparted to me. This commander of the Red Fleet is said to have had as his tactical doctrine, "Never fight a battle that you do not have to win." Simplifies your day considerably…

    Among the "Real" (read, "On Screen") Klingons, I would have to give the nod to Kang, portrayed in three series by Michael Ansara. He was big in the 60s era of sprawling westerns, most known for playing strong, honorable Native American characters at a time when Indians were mooks whose only purpose for being on screen was to be gunned down wholesale. Catch him in The Comancheros; he is one of VERY few actors with the screen presence to back John Wayne into his happy place, and make you believe it. When Kang first appeared in TOS, Klingons were kind of simpering backstabbers more like the Feringi than the Klingons we know today. He brought that commanding presence to Day of the Dove, and I believe set the tone for the noble warriors that your generation so greatly admires.

    Okay, that's enough. Great job, as always. See you next time!

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