The Big Bird of Prey

By Michael Bartel

In a not-so-recent conversation of the Flare sci-fi message boards, we were discussing Brannon Braga’s comment that they had “accidentally” referenced a “Klingon bird-of-prey” or “Klingon warbird” in Enterprise, and he apologized to continuity-minded fans. Braga has previously stated that he hates continuity. While we were discussing the vast difference between Romulan ships (which have always been based on birds) and Klingon ships (which took on some birdlike characteristics after they allied with the Romulans, about 100 years after Enterprise takes place), someone mentioned that Romulan ships have big birds on their hulls. Someone capitalized “Big Bird”, and we moved into hilarity. This is my take.

A forward-quarter view of a Klingon starship that looks an awful lot like Big Bird from “Sesame Street”. It’s yellow, with a pointed head that looks like a bird’s beak, and with long purple engine nacelles pointing aft which look like legs and feet.
The Klingon Big Bird-of-Prey
Multiple side views of the Big Bird of Prey in different colors: the lime-green Klingon shading like the canonical Klingon Bird-of-Prey, darker teal-green coloring for the Romulan-owned version of the ship, and the original yellow and purple colors which look like Big Bird from “Sesame Street”.
Design variations of the Big Bird-of-Prey

Sesame Trek. That would be the ultimate crossover. Taking place on the Klingon’s pride and joy, the Big Bird ass-bird-of-prey, we watch Captain Cookie Monster and Commander Elmo defend the honor of the letter F and the number 9.

Oscar the Grouch would make a fitting Chief Engineer, no?


With Bert as helmsman, and Ernie as the playful navigator who keeps sending them in the wrong direction.