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New Star Trek Series Equates Klingons to Trump Supporters

New Star Trek Series Equates Klingons to Trump Supporters

tlhlngan maH! [We are Klingons]

When will Hollywood ever learn that Americans want its elitist politics out of its entertainment?

Just about now, actress Jennifer Lawrence is probably regretting her assertions that the recent spate of hurricanes hitting our country is the result of our nation electing President Donald Trump.

And if she isn’t, then those who hire her for future productions should be deeply concerned. Hollywood has had an execrable year in box office, partly attributable to their stars’ Trump-hating remarks and continued smears about us “deplorables”.

Legal Insurrection readers may recall my post on Axanar, the Star Trek fan-film that drew the legal ire of CBS. In part, the studio wanted to avoid competition against its upcoming Star Trek series, Discovery.

Intriguingly, the showrunners of the new CBS series indicate that the show will liken Trump supporters to the warrior race called Klingons. The first season of the show presents the the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire as a loose allegory for the 2016 election.

The upcoming CBS All Access drama tells the serialized story of a war between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. The show is set a decade before 1966’s original series — which premiered 51 years ago today — during which the Federation and Klingons were in a Cold War standoff that reflected yesteryear’s U.S.-Soviet relations. In Discovery, war breaks out and the Klingons leading the charge have some ideological ideas inspired by the 2016 electoral divide.

“The allegory is that we really started working on the show in earnest around the time the election was happening,” showrunner Aaron Harberts says. “The Klingons are going to help us really look at certain sides of ourselves and our country. Isolationism is a big theme. Racial purity is a big theme.

The Klingons are not the enemy, but they do have a different view on things. It raises big questions: Should we let people in? Do we want to change? There’s also the question of just because you reach your hand out to someone, do they have to take it? Sometimes, they don’t want to take it. It’s been interesting to see how the times have become more of a mirror than we even thought they were going to be.”

Time will tell if this is a suicide mission or an accidental stroke of brilliance.

As a Trump-voter and a fan of Star Trek, I adore Klingons. Most of the best episodes and movies featured this battle-ready, honorable race.

It appears I am not the only one.

One Tweet inspired me to reply:

I have often said that while others play chess, President Trump is playing a Klingon battle game. It seems, once again, I was prescient.


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This is going to backfire bigly. Trumpsters will welcome the Klingon brand.

Yeah, we’ll be running to this movie.

If we’re the Klingons, the makers of this movie are the Morons.

Order your Klingon Empire flags now, before there’s a run on them.

Deplorable Klingons for Trump!

at least i won’t have to worry about my Trekkie wife wanting to watch this show… she’s Deplorable too.

“joanne mulatz @joannemulatz
Jennifer Lawrence , is a pathetic Hollywood elite , Trump hater , thinking that God would inflect a hurricane on innocent people , so sad ????
8:24 PM – Sep 8, 2017
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This is not an accident…these elitist types think that they’re intellectual superiority will lead those they believe beneath them into falling for these superstitions and religious omen predictions. There’s no other reason to take this PR risk, but it will backfire. Even if the religious rurals were to unfathomably take these things as “signs”, they don’t take kindly to hypocrites like her trying to play prophet, even in a flippant manner.

Live long and prosper…die well

Hollywood has had an execrable year in box office, partly attributable to their stars’ Trump-hating remarks and continued smears about us “deplorables”.

IMO, it probably has more to do with the fact Hollywood pretty much stopped making interesting movies, years ago.

    healthguyfsu in reply to rinardman. | September 9, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I’m a big fan of Marvel universe and it’s been hilarious to watch the difference between critic reactions and fan reactions on the Netflix shows.

    Critics LOVE Jessica Jones and Luke Cage for obvious SJW reasons. On the other hand, while fans like Jones, they are pretty lukewarm about Cage. Conversely, critics HATE Iron Fist and can’t get past the audacity of casting a white male in the role despite it being accurate to the lore of the comic. The audience does not have near the disdain of the critics and the show does surprisingly well with the normal fans (DC on the CW is for the extreme SJW types, just watch the craptastic legends of tomorrow for proof).

      I disagree with you about almost everything (And I’m just an old comics fan, not a critic).

      Jessica Jones is anti-social, drunk, lazy and her series was so dark it was awful. Luke Cage is a decent guy whose heart is in the right place but he’s an idiot. Yet he looks like a genius compared to the moronic and childish Danny Rand. No matter what race of actor was cast in the role, the writing would still be awful.

      I take it back about disagreeing with you on nearly everything. I mostly agree with you about the DCU stuff on CW, although I think Legends is probably the best of them (which should not be construed as saying it’s actually good. It’s not).

        daniel_ream in reply to irv. | September 9, 2017 at 6:37 pm

        Jessica Jones is anti-social, drunk, lazy and her series was so dark it was awful.

        Yes. The show is an allegory for a long-term childhood abuse victim suffering from BPD/Complex PTSD. It’s actually done pretty well, although it’s a fair argument whether that’s appropriate material for a street-level superhero show.

        Luke Cage just feels…tired and inconsistent. Like every blaxploitation movie in a blender. Maybe it’s one of those things that only has resonance to black audiences, but it seems like that’s a risky gamble on demographics.

        healthguyfsu in reply to irv. | September 10, 2017 at 12:08 am

        “I disagree with you about almost everything.”

        No, you really don’t, you just misread me.

        “Jessica Jones is anti-social, drunk, lazy and her series was so dark it was awful.”

        Personally, I agree with you here…I didn’t make it through the first episode.

        “Luke Cage is a decent guy whose heart is in the right place but he’s an idiot.”

        Watch the new Defenders to see his whole white privilege schtick when talking to Danny Rand.

        “Yet he looks like a genius compared to the moronic and childish Danny Rand. No matter what race of actor was cast in the role, the writing would still be awful.”

        That’s the only place we disagree, but we really again don’t because I wasn’t talking about my personal opinions but the actual data on sites like rotten tomatoes.

        Jessica Jones: Critics 92% Audience 89%

        Luke Cage: Critics 96% Audience 79%

        Iron Fist: Critics 17% Audience 77%

        Re-read my comments in light of those numbers. The sad fact is some people are influenced by critics and the tripe that they pass off as intellectual review. While some of it is probably opposition voting based on spite, there is a huge disconnect of these elitist dipshats with their target readership.

        Go check out sites like Gizmodo and all of the writer complaints about white washing the role of the Iron Fist (it’s literally impossible for them to get through an article without it), yet it still scores a 77%, 2 points under the critic-adored & coddled Luke Cage. This shows a major disconnect with the audience. You and I both hate Jones, but it was the only show of the 3 that came pretty close to a match between the two groups.

      Jessica Jones was really good because the character was interesting, the role was well acted, and the villain was a good villain.

      Luke Cage got off to a bad start with too much heavy-handed black culture stuff in the first episode, but again the character was interesting and well acted. The black culture stuff wasn’t the point of the story, so it became less of a focus as the season went on. The villain was good but not great. The show turned out good but not great. The black culture stuff wasn’t “versus whitey”, so no real problem there — that part turned out to be well written — not bad at all.

      Iron Fist had worse writing. The character is whiny and can’t figure out his motivations. His superpower is a little goofy. The villains are good though and the other actor’s performances rescue it from being bad. It’s a little better than ok. Worse than the others, but not as bad as the critics say. Any critics complaining about the Iron Fist’s race are just assholes (and apparently also too dumb to understand the very simple story).

      Daredevil is also good.

      I don’t remember any SJW insanity in the shows’ writing. It seemed like people trying to tell a story and entertain an audience. They mostly succeeded.

        healthguyfsu in reply to kohath. | September 10, 2017 at 8:42 pm

        That’s because you are looking in the wrong place. There are sprinklings on the shows themselves (the ones I watch) but enough for you to look the other way if you enjoy Marvel (I mean it’s netflix, they bought “Dear White People” for crying out loud, there’s going to be some of it and you are blind if you don’t see even a little bit of it). DC on the CW is the place where you find the inanity dripping out of the scripts. The place where you find the dripping SJW inanity for the Marvel shows is in the critic reviews. Jessica Jones is just the female tough guy that feminazis need. Luke Cage is able to police the streets the way the police can’t and is just misunderstood like every other black man in America.

        You’re also wrong about Iron Fist. Danny Rand is SUPPOSED to be like that. He’s socially very awkward because of his past and he has to come into his own. Did you think it was realistic for some Himalayan refugee/survivor kid to come to America and become a corporate badass and understand how the world works here? Maybe I tolerate it though because he was a natural fit to bring in to the story they are creating because of his fights with the Hand. I didn’t even like Defenders but the one bright spot was Rand realizing his place and what he has to do towards the end. Now, Elektra and that long overdrawn story on the other hand…SMDH! Just give me back the Punisher and Kingpin and I’ll be happy.

          Jessica Jones likes men, so no way she’s the feminist’s ideal. There’s nothing wrong with female badass characters. She’s got a sort of super version of regular drama character troubles. I liked the story. Great villian — especially as a counter to Jessica Jones’ abilities.

          They did a bad job telling us how Danny Rand was strong and resolved enough to become an awesome fighter and pass a mystical test involving a dragon but whiny and insecure about everything he did after that. (And easily fooled.) It was just bad writing. Presumably the comics had better storytelling. They definitely did better with him in The Defenders.

          As for Luke Cage as substitute for police, that’s every superhero in every superhero story.

          I think you see SJW stuff in Luke Cage because you are predisposed to see it. I’ve watched Luke Cage as well as The Defenders and didn’t see anything like that.

          I really tried to get through Jessica Jones, but could not finish an episode. She seemed so negative. The character was more interesting in The Defenders, I suspect because she’s bouncing off of the others.

          Iron Fist wasn’t too bad, but his constant whinging about K’un Lun became annoying. Again, with The Defenders Rand can bounce off the others and seems to have a more solid characterization. YMMV.

    That too. But the leftist/liberal crap turned out by hollywood – along with their working with America haters like George Soros – has turned off enough Americans.

    Deplorables don’t shell out money to people that hate them – except people still donating money to the GOP.

Will the Klingons wear Confederate flag shirts, say things like y’all and N’orleans and salute Hitler a lot? Duck Dynasty and Honey Bo Bo in space. The showrunners can make the Klingon females into cheap skaggs. Southern culture on the skids. Liquored up and lacquered down. Because that will be lol funny.

Maybe Worf’s great-great-grandpa will turn out to be a bigoted slaver from Rigel 4. Hilarious. Because it’s just like Jefferson and Sally Hemmings. Slavery could be a recurring morality play/theme.

    Rab in reply to Tiki. | September 9, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Not a Trekkie at all, but when you mention the band Southern Culture on the Skids and their album “Liquored Up and Lacquered Down,” THAT’S when I start to pay attention. Maybe I WILL watch the show.

    malclave in reply to Tiki. | September 9, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    “Will the Klingons wear Confederate flag shirts, say things like y’all and N’orleans”

    Revenge is a dish best served deep fried on a stick.

Klingons at least have a code of honor…I’m OK with this as long as they make a series equating liberals to the Borg…

Hollywood just continues to hurt themselves with insults. The rate they are going their profits will be worse then they have been in 50 years. That is ok with me.

If the Klingons are Trump types, does that mean the Federation people are cheap, lying, alcoholic, entitled, career criminals who actively despise anyone they can’t corrupt?

Have you seen the ludicrous preview for American Horror Story? It literally looks like a conservative parody of stupid liberals. But they’re SERIOUS. These people simply do not comprehend average Americans.

This was just one of the laughably stupid mistakes they’re making with this series.

BESIDES the idiotic Trump supporters as Klingons thing,

1) The show is ONLY available on CBS’ ludicrously overpriced streaming service ‘All Access’, which tries to charge prices comparable to Netflix or Hulu while ONLY providing access to CBS shows.

2) THey announced they were having a ‘main character’. That has never been what Trek has been about. It’s been about a crew and their travels/adventures/development together.

3) The main character is not the Captain. Which means the main character doesn’t even actually have final decision making power and they’re going to constantly have to make more and more ridiculous reasons the Captain is gone/incapacitated to make their main character be in charge.

4) They announced their main character was a woman not because of the story opportunities, but because ‘it was time’.

5) The show announced it would be set in the prime universe and would respect Trek canon. Then they announced their main character was Spock’s adopted sister raised on Vulcan.

Every indication is that this series is going to be an absolute bomb. I doubt it will last more than 1 season.

    Sounds like you’re right about the new Trek show and it’s a shame. I’ve been looking forward to seeing Michelle Yeoh as a Star Fleet captain. Unlike the captains of the last couple shows (I’m looking at YOU Enterprise!) she’s always good.

    btw: I saw the first episode of the latest season of American Horror Story. It opened with scenes of Liberals melting down over Trump winning the election. I don’t know if it was intentional parody or what but it was absolutely hilarious. The rest of the episode was dull.

    “They announced their main character was a woman not because of the story opportunities, but because ‘it was time’.”

    As long as they accurately name the character Mary Sue.

Follywood. And they don’t have a clue.

Klingons … in a “Cold War”? What a ridiculous concept.

If Donald Trump made a guest appearance as a big-league Klingon … there’d be overwhelming popular demand to repeal the XXII Amendment.

Of course his trademark hair would have to go. Klingons just don’t do trademark hair.

    malclave in reply to tom swift. | September 9, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    “Klingons … in a “Cold War”? What a ridiculous concept”

    Not really. The TOS episode “A Private Little War” was pretty explicitly a Federation/ Klingon cold war episode.

irishgladiator63 | September 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm

So the federation is going to get it’s collective behind kicked? Interesting idea for a show.

If I thought they could write Klingons, and if I thought they could write Trump supporters, I’d totally watch.

Since neither is true….

Are we even going to be able to hear the dialog, over the sound of exes grinding in the background?

Do you think Hollywood and the NFL will ever get it? They both insult one-half of their audiences every single day and yet they wonder why their business is going down hill! Can you see Baskin Robbins saying that fat women like their ice cream? Or Colonel Sanders saying that black people especially like his fried chicken? But Hollywood and the NFL say or do things that are as insulting to middle America as those things are to women and blacks. Is there some compelling reason for any of us to give a flying f*ck what any of these actors think? Or to watch a game of over paid black men calling our nation unfair and racists?

Software developers need to consider “backwards compatible”. Will version 6.0 read files from version 5.0? What about version 3.0? So if Tom Hanks goes full moonbat Obama looney, then do I stop watching any future Tom Hanks movies, or buying old ones from the $5 DVD bin? Yes, I stop both. If the future of Star Trek is PC liberalism which bashes my being deplorable, am I done with anything Star Trek from the past? Yes. So the brand is now sullied, I can direct my entertainment dollars elsewhere. Could any future Star Trek film inspire my spending $2 to watch it at the dollar movie theatre? No.

I thought this was hairy Larry ass.

It reminded me of my dad’s military funeral. Seven gun salute, the whole bit. Why seven and not twenty-one? I don’t know. Perhaps bullet conservation. For some bizarre reason my one-time liberal friends showed up. I was not expecting that. We hadn’t been talking. I must say, I’ve been to a lot of funerals but none so snappy as this. The military really does have its funerary act down pat. The chaplain went through the segments with military precision and at a brisk clip. Finally talking about dad earning his reward. The chaplain mentioned answering the call to duty, fulfilling his responsibility, to his nation, to his family, with discipline, with fidelity, cleanliness and clarity of mind, truth and justice and honor. And I’m standing there, not saddened, but amazed, this all sounded so perfectly Klingon.

All these concepts must have sounded completely out of place for a funeral, to my liberal friends. It gave them an insight into whence I came.

No. I am not offended by this Star Trek Trump Klingon association. Instead I laugh, because whoever said this is like me. All those fine qualities are a bit scary so someone who’s rebelled against such their entire lives. By this, I’m certain we could be friends. At least kindred spirits.

Incidentally, at the end the chaplain said my dad’s spirit is released from his earthly duty to his reward in heaven and the Canadian geese at a pond in the background took flight honking noisily as they ascended. We were all awestruck and spooked by the coincidence. It seemed to have immediate relevance to what was just said prayerfully. Later I mentioned this at lunch with my ex-housekeeper and her son. The 14 year old boy said, “Someone was probably down at the lake and threw a stone at the geese.” Deflating my precious idyll. The little punk. Everyone’s a comedian.

Well, stealing the enemy’s insults is a time-honoured tradition, but honestly Klingons have always been portrayed as cartoonish barbarians that can be outwitted by the dimmest comic-relief supporting characters. It’s not a great look.

Perhaps more important is “Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) as Captain Philippa Georgiou of the USS Shenzhou”

Greek name aside, this is outright playing to the Chinese market.

To Obama … we are “bitter Klingons”… holding on to our religious texts and disruptors…

“When will Hollywood ever learn that Americans want its elitist politics out of its entertainment?” NEVER, not even if they bankrupt themselves by making movies NO ONE wants to watch, let alone pay for.

    healthguyfsu in reply to terrence22. | September 10, 2017 at 2:06 am

    I was with you until the “bankrupt themselves”. This corrupt, tax evading industry will never go bankrupt. Many of these losing movies are just wealth transfer schemes for SJW think-tank types.

So if we are the Klingon’s who’s claim to fame is courage and honor and the federation are the liberals … Are all federation members going have personal safe spaces filled with puppies and playdo… Will the federation still be using warp drive as it destroys space … Will they gather together periodically to burn and loot star fleet HQ… A armed conflict HUH with guns … Did they drop their hug a thug policies … Isnt hating on A Klingon kinda like racist… Where does the federation get their crews from prison and the welfare roles … A female captain are you sure she’s a female could be transgendered … How its there even a federation that far into the future i would have thought the liberals would have achieved their goal of 100% abortion rate… Are their still men … White men … Are they still allowed to be men and … If the federation are the liberals i want to be a Klingon i know how to defeat them … Start a galactic welfare office promoting free chit…. Done war over i win … And last but not least bring Donald J Trump back to life … Mass liberal insanity insues i win

That’s ironic ’cause, in the original series and, especially, in The Undiscovered Country, the Klingons were cast as stand-ins for the Soviets–you know, Communists.

Where are the Communist sympathizers? On the Left.

As someone pointed out above, CBS has put STD behind a paywall. Given the rumors & controversy already out there, I doubt the whole “Klingons as Trumpkins” thing will make it worse. It’s already worse.

Me, I’m watching The Orville and enjoying myself… 🙂