Star Trek Crew Still 'Troubled with Tribbles,' 30 Years Later
Kim Campbell, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
The Tribbles are back.
This week those cooing, cuddly creatures from the original "Star Trek" series return to television in a special episode of "Star Trek:Deep Space Nine."
That's bad news for Klingons - the furry fluffs don't care much for them - but good news for fans, who rate 1967's classic "The Trouble With Tribbles" as one of their all-time favorite episodes. "It probably has the greatest recognition factor of any episode done by the original series," says Ira Steven Behr, executive producer of "Deep Space Nine." Not only are they back on TV, but the rapidly reproducing Tribbles are also making in-person appearances. On Wednesday morning, more than 250,000 Tribbles invaded subways and buses across the country as part of a promotion for the new episode, "Trials and Tribble-ations." The fur balls first appeared during the second season of "Star Trek," when they helped Capt. James T. Kirk foil a crafty Klingon plot. In the "Deep Space Nine" update, a tribute to the "Star Trek" 30th anniversary, the Klingon travels back in time to off Captain Kirk before he can ruin the spy's plans. …