To be Tripoli, or not to be Tripoli

21 Jul

That is the question, as the classic Shakespearian quote goes, or, in the Klingon, taH pagh taHbe’, for as Chancellor Gorkon says in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, “You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon.”

I am sure that anyone who has watched the two-part Star Trek: TNG fifth season  episode “Unification” (Episodes number 207 and 208) more than once will know that while Captain Picard and Data are on Romulus, Commander Riker, who gets to play Captain for a while, goes off to a shipyard in search of answers as to why the deflector shield(or a deflector something else) of the Vulcan ship Tripoli is lying in pieces in the Enterprise‘s cargo bay.

Upon arriving, Riker mispronounces the surname of a Mr. Dokachin, who didn’t know that the Tripoli was no longer in the shipyards, and had been stolen by one of the ex-husbands of an alien bar piano player who eats straight salt and has six arms, and his gang. Still leaves them clueless as to why the Tripoli‘s deflector shield was lying in an astronomically large number of pieces in a cargo bay, with, presumably, the other pieces of it scattered around the Universe.

Flash forward fifty years or so into Eric Busby’s podcast interpretation of the early twenty-fifth century. A plague has devastated the Universe, new factions have risen, calling themselves the “One True Federation”, destroying the original United Federation of Planets of Kirk, Picard, Sisko and Janeway’s time. After the final battle which destroyed everything, and made the Universe an unsafe place, Captain Rupert Trask went into hiding, until Lieutenant ‘Ahndrewh Whinfred’ comes along, saying that StarFleet wants him back, in an effort to try and rebuild the Federation. Trask accepts, and Lt. Winfred beams them onto the ship/shuttle(Little foggy in my memory), which is named  Tripoli, which if I remember correctly, Lt. Winfred says they pulled out of a museum. (Or maybe it was the Yorktown…)

So, is my reasoning wrong, or did Eric Busby’s wrong, or did he take a look at Ex-Astris-Scientia’s list of Federation vessels and see Tripoli on that list, and has he ever watched Unification? I don’t know. But there are two Tripoli‘s. Maybe it’s another Tripoli though. Maybe it’s an Enterprise deal, more than one starship named that. Anyhow, here’s the link to the website: And here’s a link to Eric Busby’s other Star Trek themed podcast series:  Enjoy them. I hope you die well.


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