A Klingon Christmas Carol
By Jim Young
“ram nI’ tay”
Which in the Klingon language means â€śFestival of the long nightâ€ť, because fictional alien cultures obviously donâ€™t observe Christmas.
Having seen Christmas decorations up since before Thanksgiving Day and hearing the cringing sound of carols in shopping malls everywhere, I was looking for a different way to ring in the holiday cheer and what better way than to cover a take on the Charles Dickens classic â€śA Christmas Carolâ€ť as performed by Klingons.
Klingons, for those not fortunate enough to be raised on Star Trek as a child, are aliens from the television series and though the show has been off the air for over 40 years, it continued on through movies and devoted fans everywhere.
A Chicago based theatre company used the language created by philologist Dr. Marc Okrand, who was hired by Paramount Pictures to develop the language and it is the first full-length play ever to be produced entirely in the Klingon language.
The dialogue spoken by the actors is translated and projected onto a screen for the audience to follow along, and although the script is modified to reflect an alien culture, the premise remains the same with an actor playing Scrooge or SQujaâ€™Â and a tiny Klingon puppet â€śtImHomâ€ť playing the part of Tiny Tim who brought huge laughs from the audience.
I feel a little bit more enthused about the upcoming holiday season, though I was secretly hoping Capt. Kirk would drop in as Santa Clausâ€¦