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In season 2 episode 9 "Homewrecker", forensic scientist Ella Lopez (played by Aimee Garcia) prounced a Klingon sentence: ta' vonlu'. (1)

After she said the line, she explained:
It's Klingon for "The King is trapped." In Star Trek, they play three-dimensional chess.


On 1st of Octobre 2016, Chris Lipscombe got an e-mail from a staff-member of the TV series with a request for help for this line. Their first approach was vangbe' ta' ("The emperor doesn't take action anymore").(2) Besides some reasonable suggestions like rIntaH Done and Qapla' the members agreed quickly on an expression with the verb von trap: ta' vonlu' "The King is captured".

Lipscombe was not on the movie set, but has sent a voice recording with the line which the actress Garcia could listen to in order to learn the sentence. (3)

See also


1 : scene of the episode on YouTube, published 22nd november 2016

2 : Message of Chris Lipscombe from the 1st of October in 2016 in the Facebook Group tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI'pu'

3 : In dialogue with Lieven L. Litaer on German Comic Con Frankfurt, May 5th 2018


Category: Appearance    Latest edit: 06 May 2018, by KlingonTeacher    Created: 03 Mar 2017 by DirkSchlSser

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