A couple of days ago, I had one of my weird, slightly random ideas I get from time to time. How awesome would it be to see Monty Python's Parrot Sketch performed in Klingon, by two actors in full Klingon Costume? The thought amused me for a while, before I tried to mock up a simple picture of two Klingons, one holding an empty bird cage, with a speech bubble with ''I wish to register a complaint'' in Klingon in it. The thought of such a juxtaposition, such a combining of the greatest ever comedy sketch with science fiction's most famous warrior race, amused me greatly. It just seemed so random, so absurd, it just begged to be made real.
Trundling home from a film festival meeting last night, though, I found myself wondering whether I could actually bring such a performance about. Ideas are all very fine and dandy, but what would I have to do to make it happen? It struck me as quite an interesting thought experiment. As bizarre as it may seem, weirder things have happened; if the queen can parachute out of a helicopter with 007, I can get two Klingons to perform the parrot sketch. The question is, how.
I'd want it to be filmed, of course, so the first step would be to hire a film crew. I'd also need to get the entire script of the sketch translated into Klingon. Automatic translators exist online, of course (here for example), but I'd probably need to hire a professional linguist, familiar with the invented language. Then I need actors who would be willing to get dressed up in full Klingon regalia and speak in Klingon. I somehow doubt the original parrot sketch actors, John Cleese and Michael Palin, would be willing to do it, so I would need to use new actors, ideally ones familiar with both Python and Trek. Add to that make-up artists, preferably some who have worked on Star Trek and so know how to create a Klingon.
The list goes on. I have no idea how to sort out any of these. There would probably also be copyright issues to deal with, too. Nonetheless, i'm sure there must be a way to get this sketch filmed. The thought of hearing a Klingon utter the immortal words ''I wish to register a complaint'', or ''Complaint Suy qachmey vIneH'', is just too delicious to let go. Just think what it might look like - assuming, of course, that one Klingon wouldn't just kill the other for arguing with him. Whether I can make this crazy idea a reality, of course, remains to be seen, but if I could somehow bring it about, I have a feeling that it would be glorious.
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