A Tiny Christmas Spoiler For The New Star Trek

All year long TrekMovie.com has been the leading site breaking news big and small for the new Star Trek movie. For Christmas we bring you one more little spoiler (below).

Tribble To Appear in ‘Star Trek’
TrekMovie.com has learned from a trusted source that the new Star Trek movie will have a cameo from the one of the most iconic Trek creatures…the Tribble. One of the small furry creatures will be seen in one scene, apparently in a cage or container of some sort.

Tribbles were first seen in the classic Original Series episode “The Trouble with Tribbles” where we learned that the cuddly things breeded faster than rabbits (McCoy noting “they’re born pregnant”) and that they don’t like Klingons. Tribbles later appear The Animated Series , Deep Space Nine, and Enterprise as well as Star Trek III. More on Tribbles at Memory Alpha.

Tribbles in “Star Trek III: The Search For Spock”

Gerrold Approves
As the writer of “Trouble With Tribbles” (and the TAS episode “More Troubles, More Tribbles”), David Gerrold is truly the father of the tribbles. TrekMovie.com contacted the writer to ask him what he thought about them showing up in the new movie and he was quite enthusiastic about it. Gerrold tells TrekMoive.com

What a great idea! I think it is terrific. I am thrilled I think it is a funny idea. As long as it fits within the story and the Star Trek universe I am all for it.

By the way, this Saturday marks the 40th Birthday of the Tribble. “Trouble With Tribbles” first aired on Dec. 29, 1967.

Kirk gets Tribbled

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Great move, tribbles = $$

Now that Tribbles are in the movie, we know for certain that it will be a success!

Thanks for the Christmas gift!

Kirk Thatcher?!
If this is who I think it is, I loved you as the punk on IV

And on to this new spoiler, it wouldn’t be TOS w/o the tribbles

hmmm…. I don’t recall the tribbles on “Enterprise”. Can someone enlighten me. Advance thanks!

Yeah, I think I read where one of the tribbles was furious at JJ because they weren’t allowed to have a smoke break. I hope the producers respect Tribble canon and make them the right fluffiness. If not, I’m boycotting!

Thank you Anthony. Happy Holidays everyone!

BTW, Shatner will be furious to hear that the tribbles made it in, but he hasn’t yet.

Tribbles, those marvellous creatures! And they can think of nothing else than to put them in a cage.

“Obviously tribbles are very perceptive creatures, Captain.”

#2 Yeah, but will it have flames on its sides, and hazel-colored eyes? :)

Seriously… now THIS is a sweet little tidbit piece of information.

#5 Second season. Episode “The Break” Near the end of the season, iirc

RE: Enterprise
click the link above that says ‘more at memory alpha’

Mugatu is reported to be very dissapointed
He was quoted as saying “how can they have a tribble and not me. This is a bad business decision.”

You mean David Gerrold isn’t going to have a screaming fit and threaten litigation because one of his creations might be in the new movie? Good for him. A display of class that a certain other one-time Trek writer who recently made headlines here could learn from.

Merry Christmas and Happy holidays to all!

Shatner, tribbles in and you out!

It’s fun to contrast his response with the one from the father of The Guardian. :P

This is a little off topic.. but is this the new enterprise?


Came across it this morning? A christmas gift possibly?


Looks to be a new image of an, admittedly well-done, previously-discussed fan-generated Enterprise.

If they are born pregnant, it seems extra cruel to keep it in a cage.
I’m surprised that the Tribble Union isn’t striking over this!
(Small joke. I support the writers!)

1 million Quatloos says that Shatner is playing the father of Cyrano Jones!

My countdown timer says: 365 Days!

Thanks Anthony!
Merry Christmas to All.

Glad I checked in, What a cool holiday surprise from Trek movie in my stocking. Love the ribbles, that’ll be fun.

Merry Christmas everyone, and a tribble-icious New Year!.

…now back to the sweet taters.

#16. Garibaldi – You’re new here aren’t you?
Please see #17. FlyingTigress’s answer.

Also, #16. Garibald, I meant no insult by the “you’re new here” comment.
I understand that you don’t get much up to date information way out there on Babylon 5. Being outside of the Federation and all.

Merry Christmas

The tribble will be manufactured from one of Shatner’s early-1980s era toupees, obtained at a considerable price from a crewperson/collector who worked on “T.J. Hooker.” If nothing else, they’re hoping to get a bit of Shatner into the movie as a cameo this way.

[Robert April rolls his eyes at Dennis Bailey’s last comment.]


I love Tribbles . . .

. . . . they taste like chicken, but with a little gamey flavor.

Oh Tribblebaum, Oh Tribblebaum…
I bet there are a ton of Easter eggs in this flick. Wonder if we’ll catch them all on the first viewing.


HAHA That shouldn’t cost much out of the budget to produce a few fur balls they probably thought ahh what the hell might as well :P

#16 – Thre’s a graphic artist who has posted several images on his website of how he thinks the Enterprise should look in the new film. So far, there hasn’t been one leaked image of the ship or the bridge set.

#10: I think you mean “The Breach”. And the tribble was only in one scene, when Phlox was showing it to Hoshi.

If Tribbles were in “Enterprise” and apparently in the new prequel movie – how come they were treated like a new spieces in their first appearance on TOS?

You would think the Enterprise computers would have an up to date database at it’s disposal.

But then again, wasn’t Kirk also unaware that his First Officer happened to be the son of the Vulcan ambassador until “Journey to Babel”? As commander of the starship, it would be “logical” to assume he read the bios of his staff upon taking command.

Just wondering.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

“They’re born pregnant.”

You mean like Jaime Lynn Spears?


Robin Williams has been tapped to cameo as the tribble.

Seems to be the best place to repost this…

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Trekmovie sent to me…
Twelve Batlehs spinning
Eleven (Dr.) Pipers piping
Ten Lord Garths a-leaping
Nine Vulcans laughing
Eight nacelles a-whirling
Seven o’ Nine, she’s dancing!
Six Hortas a-laying
Five Lat-inum bars!
Four Birds of Prey
Three Red Shirts
Two puzzled Spocks
And a Tribble in the command chair.


But no cameo for the Salt Vampire? Or a Tellarite? Or those pipe-cleaner puppets from “Catspaw?”

I’m boycotting this movie.


…this “new” tribble will most assuredly be some soap-opera pretty-boy from central casting.

Seems like a Wrath of Khan kind of idea. By that I mean Chekov never met Khan in the series, yet he knows him in Trek 2. Yes, I know the Walter Keonig tongue-in-cheek explaination. : )

So I hope the tribbles and Kirk and crew won’t actually meet in the film. And given how much we’ve read here that they are aware of canon, I’m sure they won’t cross paths.

Hey to all above:

No venom but a lot of truly funny and witty posts…

Thanks for the Christmas gift!

Merry X-mas from Marta and my mute knife wielding elves

“BTW, Shatner will be furious to hear that the tribbles made it in, but he hasn’t yet.”

If they use the various Kirk movie toupees for the tribbles would that count as a Shatner cameo?

A Tribble?! Well…thanks to Odo they’re no longer extinct in the 24th century (the Klingons had killed them all off till Odo braught one from the past).

So…this Tribble cameo….hopefully it’ll be better than the cameo in Enterprise when Dr. Phlox fed a Tribble to his lizard.

Should be fun. I can hear the promos now… “Watch the movie and spot where the Tribble is!”

Very nice. I was half-expecting this to be the cast photo Roberto promised us by the end of the year, though.

I don’t need to hear anything else, now. If the tribble is in, then I’m in the theater f’sure.

“36. Nelson – December 25, 2007
Seems like a Wrath of Khan kind of idea. By that I mean Chekov never met Khan in the series, yet he knows him in Trek 2. Yes, I know the Walter Keonig tongue-in-cheek explaination. : )

So I hope the tribbles and Kirk and crew won’t actually meet in the film. And given how much we’ve read here that they are aware of canon, I’m sure they won’t cross paths.”

Maybe the fissures in the timeline created by Nero cause Kirk and the crew to run into the tribbles before “Trouble.”

They were also in star trek vii briefly (during the ship evacuation scene, some of the kids had pet tribbles).

William Shatner will be dressed in an oversized tribble suit and get an uncredited (secret) appearance in Star Trek 2008. Unbeknownced to JJ Abrams, who will dress as a Klingon on April first as a joke, will get too close to the Shatner tribble who will immediately go into cardiac arrest. 2010 when the next Trek movie comes out, we all get to figure out how to really bring someone back from the dead.

Merry Christmas everyone.

366 dtST

#40. Dierna – That’s it! Because of Nero, the time line has changed, and this is the tribble that Odo has to rescue.
Odo is in this movie! It just seems Logical.

So, not only do we get The Shat, (by way of his rug), but we also get Rene’ as Odo. Maybe John Larroquette is the “Federation Captain”

And come to think of it, surely Mr. Nimoy’s “Older Spock” has married a good Vulcan woman by now. Can you say…Candice Bergen?

I also am hearing that because of the changes in the time stream, Spock is without a ship in which to return to Earth. He encounters the reclusive, mysterious “Dr. Daniel”, (James Spader, in a special cameo), who has discovered some sort of transportation window on Vulcan.

#22 and #23

I can see it now… an almost “Airplane”-like set of end credits to ST (2008)

yadayadayada Ensign Ricky
Bill Shatner’s toupee Tribble in Starfleet Academy xeno-lab

36. Nelson

Chekov knew about Kahn, after Sulu, one late night, drunkenly spilled to him of his lurid and passionate affair with Kahn, unbeknownst to Lt. Marla McGivers, who probably would have been quite peeved. Even more surprisingly, Sulu took the, erm, “active” role in the affiar, as Kahn was a secret cross dresser and quite a nellie in private. (American Civil War hoop skirts were his dress of choice). :)

Merry Christmas!

Re: Garibaldi

Hello old friend.

That Enterprise is from Gabe Koener, a rabid fanboy turned pro FX artist. This Enterprise is featured in the current “Ships of the Line” calendar.

Don’t forget: Watch your back.

And regarding that cast photo: I’m thinking the first time we see the cast is 1-18-08.

The Tribbles were sworn to secrecy.