New Klingon Propagana Video Follow-up + Translation & more October 27, 2009by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Fan Productions,Marketing/Promotion , trackback
On Sunday TrekMovie first reported on a new viral video titled "Klingon Propaganda" which contained clues leading to a Klingon website. The mysterious video has been sweeping around web since, and today there is a new video live-action video from the same source which shows the Klingon plot may be even more insidious. We have that below, plus a translation and more details on the first video.
This evening a new video has appeared online from the same ‘Tanastvar’ YouTube account
So apparently the Klingon Propaganda is meant to indoctrinate our young, and it has already started.
Translation of ‘Klingon Propaganda’
One of the great things about Star Trek is the power of the fandom. On this site and others, Trek fans have been analyzing the Propaganda video looking for clues as to its origins as well as translating it. TrekMovie.com asked one of our community members ‘qurgh’, also known as Chris Lipscombe, a member of the Klingon Language Institute, to translate. Although Chris quibbles with some of the grammar, here is what he calls a ‘liberal translation’ of the narration, trying to gleen the intended meaning:
We are members of the Klingon Empire!
We have argued with many dozen planets
and we expand to many more every day
Do you want to influence the planet?
Lets go, we are coming, join us!
Contribute to the enjoyment of Klingon planets
The Empire is good for everyone
The Civilization brings wealth, competitions and good food.
Our Klingon "yeni cheri" are brave, many and fair.
Take spoils from the invasions, and many solders join the Empire
The Empire powerfully protects the important planet from the influence and possible decaying that the dictator (brings.. .does something with…)
Put down your small weapons
Open your hearts
and join the Klingon Empire.
Get ready but conquer
Get justice now!
Although he may have some notes on the Klingon grammar, Lipscombe is impressed with the spirit of the video, saying:
It’s a beautifully crafted piece of work that just feels Klingons. It has everything a Klingon propaganda movie should have: warriors, battles, weapons, singing and good food.
The Turkish Connection
Artun Özsemerciyan, another one of the TrekMovie community members (Locutus), has noticed something interesting. According to Özsemerciyan the background children’s choir music is in Turkish, specifically children’s song about birds (birds of prey?). Could it be the Turks have already fallen prey to the Klingons. Watch this video from the 80s to decide yourself.
Video sparks speculation
Since TrekMovie has pointed out this video, it has appeared on many big websites (like io9 and SciFi Wire), with lots of speculation going on. Much of the speculation seems to be that this is related to Star Trek Online, however TrekMovie confirmed with Cryptic that they have nothing to do with it. Another theory is that this is related to the next Star Trek movie, but again this seems far-fetched as there isn’t even a script at this point and that film is at least 2 years away. TrekMovie has made inquires with all the potential suspects in the official Trek world (studios and licensees) and so far there has been no hints as to the origin.
TrekMovie will continue to dig into this story, so look for more updates
And if you want to watch "Klingon Propaganda" again, here it is