Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, action adventure
Yeah, I know this isn’t a picture of tribbles. Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

I think my all-time favorite, original Star Trek episode is “The Trouble with Tribbles” one. And of course, I also loved “Trials and Tribble-ations” from Deep Space Nine. I love the quirk of something so small and so cuddly not only defeating the (then bad guy) Klingons, but also, um, er, altering their, er, visages going forward.

I mean, Tribbles are only trouble if you’re a) a Klingon and/or b) on a spaceship with limited resources. And possibly a c) if you’re a shady dealer trying to make money off them. I love a sense of humor that infuses the episode. Tribbles are entertaining. They are sort of heroic if you don’t overfeed them.

But is there anything else we can learn from the Tribble?

When we first meet the Tribble, it seems like the ideal pet. It’s cute and cuddly. There is the quirky contrast with cute taking down the not-so-cute Klingons. This got me thinking about perceptions. What we see and what is actually there. Sometimes there is a disconnect.

I still remember a postcard I saw years and years ago that read: It’s funny, but where ever I take my eyes, they always see things from my point of view.

It made me smile, but later, when I was older, I realized how hard it can be to get outside of our view point and see the world in new ways. I think this is why I like reading novels, quirky television shows and writing my own novels. I get a chance to get inside heads other than my own. I can be brave, travel into the past, or to a distant galaxy–or just across the ocean. I can learn from other peoples’ mistakes.

Thanks to books and movies/tv, for instance, I know I never, ever want to get strip searched. (And I’m really glad those nasty x-ray machines at the airports are going away!)

The Lord of the Rings opened my eyes to the magical and the wondrous. Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen taught me to love history, humor, and storytelling that transcends time.

Star Wars. Explaining how it changed the world (and me) and still does could fill a whole blog post all by itself.

The television series Roots took my intellectual understanding that slavery was evil and made it personal and real. I hate what happened in the past. I hate that it still happens now.

I love being a mom and the things I learned from my children, how that changed my perceptions of my own mother (I used to call her a LOT and tell her I was sorry! LOL). I look forward to the next great adventure of becoming a grandmother (which may or may not have happened when this post goes live! O.O Update: Not yet!)

What events/books/movies/television shows have changed your perceptions? Made you see the world or yourself in a new way? Did you like it? Hate it? Fear the change? Embrace it?

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Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, Project Enterprise

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Tribbles Aren’t Trouble if You’re Not a Klingon

4 thoughts on “Tribbles Aren’t Trouble if You’re Not a Klingon

  • February 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I can’t believe these lies. Any ecologist will tell you that the tribble is an invasive species that eats voraciously and reproduces faster. If you happen to be on a spaceship with finite resources and that spaceship happens to be a planet, be prepared for an ecological crash unless immediate drastic action is taken. This article is irresponsible, ill-conceived and ignorant! You may laugh at boarder guards that as you if you are carrying any fruit or plants or animals, but invasive plant and animal species are a genuine ecological threat, Look to the history of isolated ecosystems on your own planet, particularly ‘Australia’, and see what devastation an invasive species can cause.

     And I'm not saying this because I am a Klingon.  I am saying it because I am a scientist!
    • Commander Aspera
      Daughter of Klythe of the House of Vra’al.
      Chief Science Officer IKS Hem’a’
    • February 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Um, I stand chastised, Klingon. Um, yeah. Totally. I completely believe you. Cause I love Klingons. A lot. Love Worf. And the House of Vra’al. Totally.

  • February 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I can’t wait to get to that episode as I watch the original series on netflix. It is crazy to watch how the story doesn’t have the depth of most shows today, yet can still be enjoyable. Sometimes I think they complicate things in current stories just to add drama.

    Looking forward to the Tribbles!!!

    • February 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Tribbles are awesome! LOL And I loved the way they wove the old story into the DEEP SPACE NINE ep. So totally cool! I can’t look at the old ep now, w/o imagining I’m seeing the DP9 people there. LOL!

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