Rise of the Romulans

by Henry Farrell on May 17, 2009

So I’ve been thinking that I ought to do more posts on stuff that is happening in Italy, Germany and France but that isn’t being covered well in the English language newspapers. Such as, for example, “this story”:http://www.repubblica.it/2009/05/sezioni/cronaca/immigrati-7/la-russa-boldrini/la-russa-boldrini.html about how Italy’s minister of defence, Ignazio La Russa, has gotten into trouble for saying some offensive things about the United Nations, and the UNHCR representative in Italy (who has been critical of the Berlusconi government’s nastiness to aliens). But I’m being distracted from this high minded mission by La Russa’s quite extraordinary resemblance to a left-over special effect from classic Rodenberry-era Star Trek. It’s juvenile of me, but there you go. I’m figuring him for a Romulan-Klingon hybrid, but I’m not really a Star Trek buff (haven’t seen the show in two decades or so), so am prepared to bow to superior wisdom should such exist out there on the Interwebs …




Philodemus 05.17.09 at 5:10 pm

Your Romulan hypothesis certainly accords with the reports of his “nastiness to aliens”.


Doug 05.17.09 at 6:07 pm

Were Klingons’ ears pointed in the original series? Memory fails. If not, he may just be a straight-up Klingon.


Shaun 05.17.09 at 6:18 pm

Ron Moody! (Italian Defence Ministers have been known to pick a pocket or two).


Katherine 05.17.09 at 6:25 pm

He’s Klingon of the “Trouble with Tribbles” era. As Worf says in “Trials and Tribulations” – “we don’t talk about it”.


Nur al-Cubicle 05.17.09 at 6:55 pm

Hmmm…emulating irredentist Gabriele d’Annuzio…


Galron Hammertong 05.17.09 at 7:26 pm

Foolish human! Klingons NEVER had pointed ears. You insult the Klingon Empire with your rude human comparisons to Romulans. Dung eating vermin! You must now meet the business end of a bat’leth!


JoB 05.17.09 at 7:48 pm

Not a Klingon-gene in him. 100% pure bred Romulan. Still resisting the Federation and all from the planet where females dare not walk with tops on.

PS: has reported to have been seen in bars frequented by young Klingon boys & denied it vehemently on Romulan Airspace Interview channel 1 (and 2, and 3, and 4, and …)


Matt Kuzma 05.17.09 at 8:25 pm

Here’s a good reference point for Klingons:


George W 05.18.09 at 2:52 am

Holy cow! I had no idea of the richness of the Star Trek universe until I looked at that website. I thought it was all a figment in the imagination of an autistic child on Serenity.


Dan Drezner 05.18.09 at 3:18 am

Actually, he looks a LOT like an evil Brent Spiner (Data). Maybe that’s the Data from the Imperial universe.


JoB 05.18.09 at 8:49 am

Data doesn’t need botox to keep the wrinkles away! & if the Imperial Universe were to go Data – I’m sure they would design him to always look perfectly 30-year old (as to Mrs Data, I guess she might be a tad younger-looking.


NomadUK 05.18.09 at 11:46 am

Actually, he looks a lot like Anan 7 (David Opatoshu) from A Taste of Armageddon. I wonder who he’s going to be sending off to the disintegrator booths next?


josh 05.19.09 at 7:11 am

Ron Moody *playing* a TOS-era Klingon, I think.


Danielle Day 05.20.09 at 2:15 am

Jeez, this whole thing is rather strange. Mainly, how to people get to *look* like… that? At what point do they diverge from humanity and become a … thing? The little thin soul patch, the stringy hair, the icy-blue eyes, the icky goatee. Really, what’s the *matter* with this guy. It’s like the fat persons who show up at the mall in Spandex. (Looks in the mirror before stepping out: “Oh, baby, lookin’ *good*!). Or the massive comb-over. Just what the heck are they *thinking*?

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