Last Updated on October 13, 2021 by scottkandh
For this post, A Tribute to Star Trek’s The Trouble with Tribbles, I was browsing on Pinterest yesterday and noticed one pin that talked about Trials and Tribble-ations. The episode (Season Five, episode 6) from Deep Space Nine was produced as a tribute to the thirtieth anniversary of Star Trek. I watched the show and was tremendously impressed with how the show integrated three series of Star Trek (Deep Space Nine, Star Trek – The Original Series, and Star Trek – The Next Generation) into one episode.
Summary: Human merchant Darvin uses a Bajoran Orb to transport the Defiant back in time to the era of James T Kirk and the original starship Enterprise. The DS9 officers must infiltrate the Enterprise and space station K7 to stop Darvin from assassinating Kirk, and at the same time must prevent the timeline from being altered.
I’ve put all of the pictures that depicted integrating Deep Space Nine into The Trouble with Tribbles in a Gallery for you to see. Then I elaborated below on a few of the pictures.
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A Tribute to Star Trek’s The Trouble with Tribbles
After a time-travel incident on the Reliant, two Federation temporal investigators show up at Deep Space Nine to have Commander Captain Sisko explain what happened.
The episode is cleverly done as the crew of Deep Space Nine is seamlessly integrated into the Trouble with Tribbles episode.
The whole event was started by the pickup of an ancient Bajoran orb and a passenger.
They are catapulted into the same time zone as the original Enterprise after the orb had been activated and can’t find the passenger. Unbeknownst to them, the passenger was a cleverly disguised Klingon who once tried to sabotage the Federation but was exposed by the Tribbles. To get his revenge after his career was ruined against Kirk, he plants a bomb into one of the Tribbles.
Along the way of trying to find the bomb, Deep Space Nine crew members look high and low while blending in with the Star Trek – The Original Series crew to locate the bomb.
That’s a very cool scene when O’Brien activates the viewscreen and we see the
Enterprise NCC-1701. This scene gave me goose bumps for the reason that I knew this was going to be an extremely special episode to see Star Trek from a different lens perspective.
Kirk has the most temporal violations that figures. According to Deep Space Nine when Captain Sisko is being questioned, we find out that Captain Kirk had a total of 15 time temporal violations.
If you’re a fan of Star Trek, this a must-see episode for so many reasons (described below).
The turbo lift have been advanced in technology which is demonstrated that the Doctor and Miles don’t know how to properly use the turbo lift until they see a crew member use it.
Dax takes the effort to remove her beauty marks. (I apologize if I’m using the wrong terminology, I’m not a big fan of Deep Space Nine).
It’s cool to see the old uniforms and props.
There’s even an instance of paying tribute to the old tricorders used in the original series.
Chekov and Uhura enter right before we see Tribbles for the first time and he sees them walk into the room.
I don’t remember the technical name for this piece of equipment that was used by Engineers, but it appeared to be noteworthy of sharing it with you all.
There’s a reference to the way that crew members used to communicate. I’m taking a wild stab that since they’re back in time, that their communicators no longer work or it that it wasn’t build into the old uniforms. That Captain Sisko has to use the old flip communicator and not the emblem that they normally press on their uniform.
There are several shots of Captain Sisko and Dax when they witness seeing Captain Kirk and Commander Kirk walking down the hallway before Kirk gets ready to talk to the person who is in charge of guarding the grain.
Worf explaining the Klingon hatred of Tribbles is hilarious. Tribbles are mortal enemies of the Klingon Empire. The Klingons even wiped out the tribble home world.
Worf explaining the “Klingons” “(why they look different) and it is a long story. We do not discuss it with outsiders.” They used that explanation because no one has actually come up with an official canon explanation.
Dax knows the tribble reproduction formula. 1771561 that’s a lot of tribble.
Not only do some of the crew witness the Klingons fighting Scotty and Chekov, but they also end up getting directly involved in the fight. Then Miles has to explain to Captain Kirk that he didn’t throw the first punch.
It was Sisko and Dax throwing the tribbles on Kirk’s head (in the overhead storage bins).
In a surprising twist, there’s always one twist with a time travel episode and this happens at the end. I don’t want to surprise the ending for you, so you’ll need to see it for yourself.
If you look closely, you can see that the traitorous Klingon has been spotted standing in the doorway behind the bartender and the guy selling the Tribbles.
In this scene, Dax doesn’t move from her position at all while Captain Kirk sits on a tribble.
At the end of the questioning Captain Sisko said that he did one more thing before returning to the present – getting Captain Kirk’s signature.