Welcome back to Character Insight! This week, our subject is Tribbles, originally from TOS.
Tribbles were introduced when Cyrano Jones brings them aboard Enterprise to try and trade them. These cute furball creatures are non-intelligent lifeforms that are born pregnant and asexually reproduce every 12 hours or so, generally having litters of 10 or more Tribbles. As a result, one tribble can make a ship-load if left alone for too long.
I'm happy to report that I've been able to acquire one of these little guys to speak with us on the segment today. Let's take a listen to what a tribble has to say when you touch it...(insert cooing noise)
Now that our nerves are thoroughly calmed, let's continue. Tribbles and Klingons have a strong dislike for one another, and this possibly stems from each species' heightened sense of smell. A tribble will bounce up and down angrily when in the presence of Klingons, and Klingons have unsuccessfully tried to exterminate the species.
Tribbles were so well loved by fans that Star Trek creators continue to drop these creatures in almost as often as the number 47. They reappear in Deep Space Nine, Enterprise, Star Trek III, Star Trek Generations, a deleted scene in Star Trek VI, and the 2009 movie as well.
It is rumored that tribbles do not reproduce in cold temperatures, so I have put our tribble guest in a freezer to make sure that doesn't happen. What's that noise...oh no, the power went out...(insert multiple cooing noises)
Until next time, live long and prosper...