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General Chang

Klingon General and Gorkon's Cheif of Staff

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An excellent villain, a philospher-warrior in the finest tradition

  • Nov 13, 2010
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General Chang is a powerful villain that helped make "The Undiscovered Country" a great movie. A Klingon reciting Shakespeare as he is bombarding the Enterprise is one of the best scenes in all of Star Trek. He was also a retro to the genre of the villain expressing the "Yellow Peril."

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review by . October 01, 2010
Shakespeare's Biggest Fan
Star Trek VI:  The Undiscovered Country introduced fans of Star Trek to one of the most ego-driven Klingons in the galaxy in General Chang.  Chang was the Shakespeare-spewing chief of staff for Chancellor Gorkon who fancied himself an equal to Captain Kirk (yeah, right!!).       **If You Haven't Seen Star Trek VI yet, you might want to skip this next section.**      Chang is a key player in the assassination of Gorkon and …
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Chang (tlhIngan Holcheng) was a Klingon General and chief of staff to Chancellor Gorkon in 2293. He was a part of the Khitomer conspiracy that sought to prevent any lasting peace treaty from being signed between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.

Chang was very fond of the writings of the poet William Shakespeare, although he preferred to read the works in the "original" Klingon languageversion. One of his favorite quotes was from Hamlet: "taH pagh taHbe'" (in English, "To be or not to be!").

At a dinner in Gorkon's honor aboard the USS Enterprise-A, Chang proclaimed that the Klingons needed "breathing room," which, as Captain Kirk pointed out, was an unintentional paraphrase of a similar claim made by Earth dictator Adolf Hitler in 1938.

As part of the Khitomer conspiracy, Chang commanded a prototype Klingon Bird-of-Prey that had the ability to fire its weapons while it was cloaked. Chang's ship fired on the IKS Kronos One while it was under escort by the Enterprise-A, making it appear as if the latter ship had fired upon the Klingons, violating the terms of the truce. This attack made it possible for co-conspirators Burke and Samno to board Kronos One and assassinate Gorkon.

When Enterprise officers James T. ...

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