Tribbles: They are a small, yet incredibly iconic part of the Star Trek mythos — and it seems they’ll play a role in Star Trek: Discovery, the latest incarnation of Gene Roddenberry’s long-running science fiction franchise.
Speaking at a recent press event, Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman confirmed that the fan-favorite fur balls would be appearing on the show, saying “Yes, Tribbles, yes.”
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The fluffy non-intelligent creatures made their Trek debut in the original series episode “The Trouble with Tribbles” in 1967. In the story, the amiable aliens helped foil a Klingon plan to annex Sherman’s Planet when they help reveal that Arne Darvin, a Federation functionary, is actually a Klingon in disguise.
Tribbles have also starred in the animated series episode “More Tribbles, More Troubles,” the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine anniversary episode “Trials and Tribble-ations,” and The Enterprise episode The Breach, in addition to making brief appearances in the 2009 movie Star Trek and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness.
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In the United States, Star Trek: Discovery debuts Sunday, September 24 on CBS, before moving to the CBS All Access streaming service for follow-up weekly installments. In Canada, the series debuts on CTV and Space at 8:30 pm ET, with its second episode set to air immediately after on Space — subsequent episodes will air Sundays through November 5. Internationally, the series will debut on Netflix.