Judge David M. Gutierrez is in a wa'Dich kind of mood.
Everything you wanted to know about being a Klingon but were afraid to ask.
Star Trek, in all its incarnations, has created a vast mythology rivaled by few other entertainment franchises. The Federation, a mostly benevolent inter-species organization devoted to the peaceful exploration of planets, met one of its most notorious and fascinating races—the Klingons—early on. Depicted as warlike, angry, and volatile, the Klingons appear to be nothing more than a race of alien Genghis Khans. Yet it's possible that they're so much more.
Facts of the Case
After putting out every version of the films and television shows born from the Star Trek universe, Paramount decided to put together themed sets chosen by the fans and for the fans. In doing so, they've given the world Star Trek Fan Collective—Klingon. Composed of 11 Klingon-heavy episodes from Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise, this package, like most "greatest hits" collections, has its share of good, bad, and mediocre. Luckily for us, there's plenty of good to be had here.
Star Trek Fan Collective—Klingon can be broken up into three categories: 1) the Klingon culture, 2) Klingon politics, and 3) Why is this here? Most of the episodes fall into the first two categories.
1) Klingon culture
2) Klingon politics
3) Why is this here?
In viewing Star Trek Fan Collective—Klingon, I was pleasantly surprised. I'm not all that familiar with the later versions of the series. Truth be told, Star Trek: The Next Generation bored me to tears during its original run, I thought Star Trek: Voyager never went anywhere, and always felt Star Trek: Enterprise was a series of wasted possibilities. The original Star Trek and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine were the only shows to take a great premise and do something fantastic with it. For a viewer like me, Star Trek Fan Collective—Klingon is a great way to familiarize myself with all five shows without having to spend years watching countless hours of every minute of Star Trek produced.
In addition to some standout episodes, this set includes text commentaries on six episodes and audio commentary on "Broken Bow" by Brannon Braga and Rick Berman. The commentary tracks are fantastic. I wish they were mandatory.
Both the picture and audio are strong. The older episodes are not as crisp looking as the more recent ones, but it's never distracting or a hindrance.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
What never made sense to me was the oversimplification of points of view in Star Trek. Everything with the Klingons is too black and white. Worf is depicted as the race traitor for having a dissenting voice and deemed "dishonorable" because of it. I never understood how an entire race of beings can all be warriors. Perhaps this is why I find the Klingon love of opera such a rich juxtaposition.
Why is "Broken Bow" here? Its Klingon storyline is the McGuffin for the show, not its thrust. How about that two-part episode that answers why early Klingons had ridgeless heads?
Star Trek Fan Collective—Klingon makes a good addition to the collection. I think the fans may be on to something if this is the best of the best.
Star Trek Fan Collective—Klingon is free to go. Millions of Star Trek fans can't be muj.
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