We have already recapitulated and reviewed “wej Duj” and discussed it on the Unlimited access to Star Trek Podcast. Now is the time to dive our week deep into all the canon references, nods, and Easter eggs that caught our eye. In some cases the connections are clear, in others it may just be our interpretations of Trek; art is in the eye of the beholder.
Obviouslyâ¦ SPOILERS ahead.
Who is a good targ?
The title of the episode âwej Dujâ is Klingon for âThree Ships,â and one of those ships was the IKS Che’Ta, a bird of prey, which was first introduced in Star Trek III: Finding Spock, and has been seen several times in the franchise since.
The ship featured many classic Klingon elements, including the wiggleworm food gagh, favorite intoxicating blood wine, and Captain Dorg’s targ, a common Klingon pet first introduced in the TNG episode. “Where No One Has Gone Before”. M’ach’s compliment is the targ, telling the captain that it was like Kor’s dog at the Klach D’kel Brakt battle, a famous Klingon / Romulan battle first mentioned in DS9’s “Blood Oath” by Kor, a character introduced on Star Trek: The Original Series.
There were a number of Klingon references related to Star Trek VI: The Unknown Country. As he heads to the Pakled ship to carry out his plan to incite more conflict between the Pakled and the Federation, Captain Dorg explains, “Screams havoc and lets out the hounds of war!” a line from Shakespeare’s Julias Ceasar which was also spoken by General Klingon Chang in the film. M’ach later confronts Captain Dorg with “Other Klingons have already tried to sabotage the peace,” referring to the film’s conspiracy which included General Chang. The film also introduced the purple / pink tint of Klingon blood. “wej Duj” shows Klingon blood during a fight scene, and to make sure no one has missed it, M’ach exclaims, “Klingon blood is always so reddish pink!”
The other ship of the “Three Ships” was the Vulcan cruiser Sh’Vhal, with a design reminiscent of the 22nd century Suurok-class cruisers of Star Trek: Business.
The interior of the ship contained many familiar Vulcan elements, including a Vulcan lute, a meditation lamp, and a copy of Kir’Shara, the teachings of Surak. All of the ship’s Vulcans pronounced “sensors” with the same peculiar inflection used by Leonard Nimoy as Spock in TOS, and later by Tim Russ as Tuvok in Traveler.
T’Lyn also quotes Spock, saying “Logic is the beginning of wisdom,” something Spock told Valeris in Star Trek VI. T’Lyn also wore a headband similar to Valeris’s.
Of course, the first ship of the “Three Ships” was the USS Cerritos. Captain Freeman wore a shirt with “RITOS” on it, which is apparently a nickname for the Cerritos, and is reminiscent of the “DISCO” shirts worn aboard the USS Discovery. Star Trek: Discovery, which are also available for purchase from the official Star Trek store. Presumably, the “RITOS” shirts will follow.
And speaking of t-shirts, Boimler wore the same “Go climb a rock” t-shirt worn by Captain Kirk in Star Trek V: The Last Frontier. Boimler also has rocket boots like Spock’s when he visits Dr T’Ana and Tendi in a simulated holodeck of the rise of El Capitan, as Kirk did in Star Trek V.
The games we play
When looking for something to do, Boimler suggests a Stratagema tournament, a game introduced in the Star Trek: The Next Generation âPeak Performanceâ episode. Later, when Boimler is talking to Kayshon in the bar, you can see an officer wearing a headset from Ktarian gaming, the addicting game from TNG episode “The Game”.
Mariner also has time for games: she and her mom play Velocity on the holodeck. The mixture of handball with a phaser range was introduced on Star Trek: Voyager in the episode “Hope and Fear”. Later, they play a clue game aboard a spaceship. Mariner guesses: “I think it was the leader, in the biological lab, with a sniper rifle that can shoot through walls.” This is the prototype TR-116 Starfleet rifle used in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine âField of fireâ episode.
Luaus and leotard
With the crew taking R&R, Commander Ransom arranged for the Hawaiian crew to have a luau on the Holodeck. Neelix also set up a holodeck luau in the Voyager episode “Alter Ego”.
Later, other crew members were seen crossing the ship wearing various outfits from their own leisure time activities. This included a pair decked out for Anbo-jyutsu, the game introduced in the TNG episode “The Icaraus Factor”.
There were two officers wearing the same leotards that Dr. Crusher and Troi wore when they did gymnastic stretches in the TNG episode “The Price”. We can also see a few crew members who appear to have put on a Shakespeare play (like the TNG crew did), and another who wears a 19th century naval uniform, like the TNG crew in the movie. Star Trek Generations.
- The Pakleds set off a Varuvian bomb that emitted Metreon particles, which lured the Cerritos and Sh’Vhal to their rendezvous with the Che’Ta.
- Boimler feared that lying about being Hawaiian would have Ransom “demote me to work in a penal colony where I must mate with the enemy to form a new civilization.” This could be a reference to the DS9 episode “Birthright” and the Romulan prison camp on Carraya IV where they held Klingon prisoners who eventually formed a community.
What did you see?
Spot all the new Trek references we missed Lower decks? Do you have a favorite? Sound off in the comments below.
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