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Star Trek: Lower Decks

Star Trek: Lower Decks is an animated comedy series based on Star Trek, created by the makers of "Rick and Morty". The season premiered on August 6, 2020, on CBS All Access and will consist of 10 episodes.(1)

There has been no public announcement about the Klingon used in the show. There is no Klingon expert mentioned in the credits, but David Mack is listed as consultant. He turned out to be responsible for the research of the Klingon words (see below).

1.01 - Second Contact

Only one Klingon word appeared in this episode, when Mariner tells Boimler that he'd be her cha'DIch.

1.02 - Envoys

A huge gate carrying the Klingon trefoil also had some Klingon letters: qoznoshom read as Qo'noSHom, which means (from a grammatical literal interpretation) "lesser Kronos" or "minor Kronos" or as these types of areas are often named in English, "Little Kronos".

Shop signs

At a bazar, several stores show their signs using pIqaD:
  • kag transcribed as qagh, meaning "Gagh".
  • The word nuHmey ("Weapons") was seen as a sign of a weapons store, also written in pIqaD. Compare nuhmey.
  • A small sign has the letters suy, i.e. Suy merchant
  • A pottery store has the letters fevwiz, i.e. ngevwI' seller
  • A nearly invisible barrel bears the letters ganvel ghanvel, which has no known meaning. These letters are not written using the pIqaD font, but seem like handwritten.

At the first encounter with General K'orin, Boimler welcomes him with the common greeting nuqneH. He pronounces it as nuHneH.

After a short mock battle with Mariner, the Klingon says "Starfleet has made you soft, Mariner!" and she replies with "Not as soft as your ngech, K'orin!" The Klingon word is pronounced incorrectly as ne-geH, i.e. with a hard G. The subtitles show the word ngech, literally "valley", which can be used as a slang term for "cleavage."

Shuttle song

While flying in the shuttle, the main character Mariner gets drunk with a Klingon and sings a song with him. As the subtitles just say "both singing in Klingon", it is hard to know what they sing. What they sing sounds somewhat like yIH naHchu', jaj DIteq 'ej najHomvam machuch, which does not make any sense. Fixing the common pronunciation errors, a possible meaning of the phrase turns out to:

ghIq nachDu'chaj DIteq 'ej nach Homvo' matlhutlh
"We tear off their heads and drink from the skulls."

Further research turns out that it was Star Trek Author David Mack who had secretly contacted members of the "Learn Klingon" group on Facebook in 2019 asking for an adequate translation, knowing "not to trust online translation engines". Several versions were provided, the used phrase is the one suggested by André Müller.(2)

Grammatical note on the song:
  • some people argue that the usage of the suffix -vo' is appropriate here.
  • The word for "skull" – DughrI' – was revealed at qepHom 2019, about six months after this request. Maltz explained that nach Hom is also okay to use.


1 : Star Trek: Lower Decks on Wikipedia

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