The Enterprises'' mission was to hunt down and kill the traitor they knew as John Harrison (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), and the crew, led by Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), traced him to the planet QonoS, which is the homeworld of Klingon.
Kirk, Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) sent a smaller ship to QonoS where they captured Harrison. When Uhura arrived, the ship was asked to speak to the Klingons only. Kirk reacted.
Uhura Speaking Klingon
You have brought me to Klingon, according to Uhura. So let me speak Klingon.
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She left the spacecraft and spoke to the assembled Klingon warriors, but it did not go well. Harrison shopped up and began fighting the Klingons alongside Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the Starfleet crew members.
As most fans know, Harrison was really Khan Noonien Singh. This is the same augmented superhuman who terrorized Prime Kirk in the classic episode Space Seed and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Uhura was able to talk perfect Klingon to these warriors. It was not her fault that they wanted to defend and kill the aliens who had just landed on their planet. Everything happened in the Kelvin Universe, which means it all happened in an alternate timeline and did not affect events for the rest of the Star Trek Universe. In fact, in Star Trek (2009), Uhura was able to use both the Prime and the Kelvin Universe, because he cannot discern between Vulcan and Romulan but can
Why did Uhura struggle to speak with the Klingon listening outpost in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country? Wouldn''t she be able to speak Klingon in the Prime Universe?
Uhura Struggling With Klingon
In a recent episode of The Inglorious Treksperts podcast, Daren Abertermanrightly emphasized some of the ridiculousness of that scene. Uhura was shown in Undiscovered Country by the great Nichelle Nichols.
One of the scenes that I find awful is when they are trying to connect with the Klingon outpost, according to Dochterman. And they have a great deal of Klingon translation books. Books? This is Nick Meyer''s love of the printed word sneaking in, once more, completely inappropriately.
Nicholas Myer has been the director of both Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country. Hes also written a three-episode mini-series on the Hans life on Ceti Alpha V.
Uhura has fallen out of her seat for some reason, according to Dochterman. This is not what should happen.
Some of her underlings are trying to cope with this situation, and [Uhura] comes in, and she speaks to the Klingons, according to Aberterman. She gets them past this situation because she is qualified. She is one of the stars of the film. She does something that is laudable and heroic. But there is no!
Strange New Worlds Sets Things Right
Captain Pike (Anson Mount) invited the crew to his quarters for dinner. It was then that Cadet Uhura (played by Celia Rose Gooding) informed the captain that she was fluent in 27 different languages. This announcement follows up the remainder of the episode when Uhura must discover the alien language used in the sentient comet.
Fans now know for sure that she is a language expert and that she was the Universal Translator before the device was launched. As Dochterman says, the scene from The Undiscovered Country was a terrible event.