A national award (in this case the Staatspreis für Werbung) for the best TV-spot and science-fiction, what do they have in common? – Usually, nothing at all. But this time one of the nominees is an advertisment featuring Klingons!
What is it all about? Two men dressed up as Klingons go by underground railway (yes, it is the underground railway, although it goes above-ground in this scene) in Vienna, when they find out that a ticket controller is around. As they haven´t bought a ticket, they decide to confuse the ticket controller (by the way a pretty blonde woman) with Klingon language. But she also replies to them in Klingon and seems to know enough about Klingon culture, to call them “dishonourable worms”. What follows is an advertisement for the “Volkshochschule Wien”, a school where adults can take several courses, e.g. on languages. (Probably also Klingon …?)
Does this spot have chances to win? – In fact: Yes! There is of course no doubt that keen Star Trek fans love it, but also for more average people it is just funny and also very charming, as everyone who once lived in Vienna knows the surrounding and usually had been checked like this several times. The “Klingons” are played by the famous comedians Werner Gruber und Heinz Oberhummer who do a show that is called Science Busters on TV. They are trying to teach science to a mainstream auditorium, by presenting it in an entertaining way. And, by the way, both are working as physicists at the university!
Public voting goes until November the 3rd 2015: http://www.puls4.com/casting/Staatspreis-2015-Voting/teilnahme