Why is it that the United States gets the short stick when it comes to Netflix? I mean, Netflix is the home of Star Trek: Discovery for those that do not live in the United States. Or, apparently, Canada, but they get Star Trek:Discovery on their television via the Space channel (think their version of our Syfy).
Well, on top of the ability to watch Star Trek:Discovery without an added pay service, like the US customers forced to purchase CBS All Access, Netflix users get the opportunity to watch new Trek in Klingon! It is still broadcast in English with subtitles to English when the Klingons speak, but there is an option to add Klingon subtitles to the English, as well!
The new Star Trek: Discovery series on Netflix has KLINGON as a subtitle option pic.twitter.com/AB1FzTpUmx
— Philip Cheang (@_phi) October 1, 2017
To say the internet was excited would be an understatement. This move is a step forward in language-inclusion and provides another avenue for language learning. Who doesn’t want to learn Klingon and add one more language to their multi-lingual resume?
ARE WE ALL AWARE that on Netflix, you can watch Star Trek: Discovery with Klingon language subtitles? pic.twitter.com/U4zIQOndfu
— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) September 25, 2017
Anyone watching Star Trek Discovery with the Klingon subtitles? Would love to talk to someone who actually speaks Klingon
— Marc Fennell (@MarcFennell) October 2, 2017
The fact that Netflix has Klingon subtitles for Star Trek Discovery warms my cold nerd heart pic.twitter.com/AtKG0uZcD6
— Adam Fairgrieve (@sleekiteejit) September 26, 2017
A Language All Its Own
To learn more on the history of the language, from inception in Star Trek: The Motion Picture to common convention tongue, check out the Wikipedia page. To learn Klingon (properly written
tlhIngan Hol), there are many options, from self-taught dictionaries to full on lessons from The Klingon Language Institute and DuoLingo.
Fully Embraced By Star Trek
Aside from reading Klingon, Star Trek was keen to release an all-Klingon trailer before the premier last week. Catch it below and tell us what you think of the Klingon subtitles: would you use them?
Star Trek: Discovery releases new episodes Sunday nights at 8:30 pm EDT to CBS All Access (US) and The Space Channel (Canada), and releases to Netflix (the rest of the world) on Mondays.