Over the years, nerds worldwide have devoted a great deal of time and brainpower to fleshing out the invented languages of fantasy worlds. But apparently they’re not the only ones who care!
According to a completely bonkers report from the British Radio Times, Netflix has decided that it’s not good enough to stream a version of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock with English dubbing and/or super-simple subtitles over Klingon and Vulcan conversations. No, fully capturing the complexities of these wholly fictional languages requires better translations, and Netflix is going to do it themselves:
“The on-demand service thinks it can do the translation work in about a week – and credit to them for trying. It seems most DVDs have simply injected a lot of English dubbing to overcome the problem, hiding behind the suggestion that people don’t like subtitles.”
Loony as this sounds, the company confirmed it on Twitter:
ALERT: "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock" has been removed due to subtitles missing for the Vulcan & Klingon dialogue. Back in 1 week.
— Netflix US (@netflix) July 30, 2013
Sadly, all the subtitles in the world can’t fix the fact that the odd-numbered Star Trek movies are generally terrible. Just skip to The Voyage Home.