At the beginning of “The Least Harmful Recreation,” the present’s 4 protagonists have gathered to play an elaborate, Klingon-themed board sport known as “Bat’leths & bIHnuchs.” A bat’leth is the lengthy, curved, multi-handled Klingon swords seen periodically all through “Trek.” “BIHnuch” is the Klingon phrase for coward. Cowardice, even informal Trekkies may now, is anathema to the Klingon ethos; demise in battle is preferable to a protracted, peaceable life.
The 4 principal “Decrease Decks” character are, to get into the spirit of the sport, wearing Klingon accoutrements and drink from Klingon flagons. Their sport is accompanied by a tabletop video display screen of the Klingon Chancellor Martok (J.G. Herztler) who dictates the principles of the sport and berates gamers once they fail. Trekkies who had been accumulating merch in 1993 will immediately acknowledge “Bat’leths & bIHnuchs” as a reference to the real-world “Star Trek: The Subsequent Era Interactive VCR Board Recreation — A Klingon Problem” put out my Milton Bradley. The premise of the sport put gamers — every of them ensigns — on a near-abandoned Enterprise-D when a Klingon unhealthy man named Kavok invaded and took over the ship.
Notably, the sport got here with a 60-miunte VHS cassette that was meant to be performed alongside the board sport. The tape would sometimes cease and Kavok would instruct gamers to reply (the sport got here with adhesive comm badges you could possibly keep on with your shirt), after which draw from a specific deck of playing cards. Confusingly, Kavok was performed by actor Robert O’Reilly, who was already higher often known as the Klingon character Gowron on “Subsequent Era.”
To acknowledge that historic confusion, Boimler (Jack Quaid) mentions his want to get the Gowron Enlargement.