Actor John Larroquette has a storied career, including four seasons of The John Larroquette Show, but he may best be known for his multiple Emmy-winning role as acerbic prosecutor Dan Fielding on the NBC sitcom Night Court. Before that series, he appeared in one of the classic TOS movies as a Klingon. NBC has brought Night Court and Larroquette back, and this week he is also dressing up as a Klingon again.
Larroquette goes Klingon (again) for Night Court
In the 1984 film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, John Larroquette played Maltz, an officer under Commander Kruge (Christopher Lloyd), the main antagonist of the film.
In 2023, NBC brought back Night Court with Larroquette reprising his role as Dan Fielding. It’s now in its second season, and this Tuesday’s episode is titled “Wrath of Comic-Con,” a nod to the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. For the Comic-Con episode, Larroquette dressed up as a Klingon.
The official episode description explains: “When Dan finds a potential love connection with a woman who has sworn to destroy him, Dan takes drastic measures, which include fully embracing the wondrous world of Comic-Con. Meanwhile, Abby [Melissa Rauch] is forced to confront the fact that she might actually dislike someone when a childhood ‘friend’ (Jessica St. Clair) comes to visit.”
Larroquette’s Maltz was the only member of Kruge’s Bird of Prey to survive. After killing Kruge, Kirk tricked Maltz into beaming him up, which allowed the Starfleet crew to commandeer the Klingon ship (and later redub it the “HMS Bounty” in Star Trek IV). You can see Larroquette’s Maltz tell Kirk he does not deserve to live in the clip below.
In a 1989 interview with Starlog (via Memory Alpha), Larroquette said he was hoping to play Maltz again: “I just kept telling […] [Kirk actor] Bill Shatner–since I was the last surviving Klingon, I smell spin-off. I could take this to a series. Maltz starts off and he has a little hot dog stand on Yakka III out there in the Doofus Galaxy.” 35 years later, he finally gets to play a Klingon again.
Night Court season 2 episode 6 (“Wrath of Comic-Con”) airs Tuesday, January 30th on NBC at 8 pm. Night Court also streams on Peacock.
Classic Night Court and Star Trek
This isn’t the first time Night Court has dabbled in Star Trek references. The 1989 sixth season episode “Yet Another Day in the Life” featured some Trekkies brought in after fighting at a Star Trek convention. You can watch that clip below.
Before he became the android Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Brent Spiner had a recurring role on Night Court as the sad sack character Bob Wheeler, who often found himself in front of Judge Stone. He appeared a total of six times, including in the clip below.
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