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Your Letters: Trekkers Unite To Correct Error

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 2:18 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Time now for your letters.

(SOUNDBITE OF TYPING AND MUSIC)

SIMON: Today a correction, so maybe some music that's a little more suitable.

(SOUNDBITE OF KLINGON BATTLE THEME)

SIMON: Of course, that's the Klingon Battle Theme from "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." But I'm guessing Cynthia Robinson from Monroe, Connecticut already knows that. She was just one of the Trek-kers who wrote in about a serious error we made in last week's interview with William Shatner. We were talking about Christopher Plummer and played this clip from Star Trek VI.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "STAR TREK VI")

DAVID WARNER: (As Chancellor Gorkon) I offer a toast. The undiscovered country.

GROUP: The undiscovered country.

SIMON: And he gets one of the great, as far as I'm concerned, movie lines of all time.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "STAR TREK VI")

WARNER: (As Chancellor Gorkon) You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

WILLIAM SHATNER: That actually is a great line. And I worship great lines.

SIMON: Great line, but wrong actor. Cynthia Robinson set her email on stun. When interviewing anyone from the original cast of "Star Trek," you must do your homework or you will get e-mails like this one, she wrote. The audio clips that you played from "Star Trek VI" were not the voice of Christopher Plummer in his stellar role of Chang, but that of David Warner in his all-too-brief but well-acted role of Chancellor Gorkon. She added, Live long and prosper and buy yourself a compendium.

Well here's to you, Ms. Robinson. Of course you're correct. And we haven't picked up a compendium, but we offer you Christopher Plummer, the Klingon Shakespearian.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "STAR TREK VI")

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER: (As Chang) To be or not to be.

GEORGE TAKEI: (As Mr. Sulu) Target that explosion and fire.

SIMON: Whatever language you speak - Klingon, Ferengi, Borg or Esperanto - we'd like to hear from you. We're on Facebook and Twitter at NPRWeekend. I'm at NPRScottSimon. You can email or post your comments at NPR.org, click on the link that says Contact Us. And live long and listen.

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