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YMMV / Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S05 E06 "Trials and Tribble-ations"

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  • Bellisario's Maxim: Ronald D. Moore has stated that they couldn't come up with an explanation that didn't sound silly for the difference in the appearance of Klingons between the two Trek eras, so Worf's comment that it is a long story and one they do not discuss with outsiders is the writers' way of saying "Look, just ignore this."'
    • Unfortunately, it had the opposite effect, essentially canonizing the fact that TOS-era Klingons didn't feature forehead ridges. Thankfully (or not), an episode in the later series Star Trek: Enterprise attributed it to a Klingon attempt to make augments, which went horribly awry.
      • Prior to Enterprise finally establishing a canon explanation, Star Trek Expanded Universe material suggested that the two different types of Klingons were actually different subspecies, and the ridged Klingons became more prominent in their society over time (this was the backstory used for the Debt of Honor graphic novel). Many fans actually prefer the EU version.
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  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: In the episode, Dax mentions that she finds Spock to be more attractive than Kirk. In 2018, Terry Farrell married Leonard Nimoy's son, Adam.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Related to the above, O'Brien and Bashir ask if the lack of ridges was related to genetic engineering or a viral mutation. As revealed by ENT, they were both right.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The mixing of TOS and Deep Space Nine. What got the episode approved was a test shot involving the scene of Kirk walking onto the bridge. When the visual effects team showed the producers that scene, the producers didn't realize one of the crew members was a member of the Deep Space Nine visual effects crew who had been digitally inserted into the scene.


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