"Darmok" is an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It has a truly original and innovative story and is, consequently, among the most popular episodes in the series.
In "Darmok," the crew of the Enterprise makes first contact with a species known as the Tamarians. They discover that the Tamarians speak a language that is untranslatable. When the Tamarians speak, the computer translators render their words as references to unknown people and places, such as:
- Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra.
- Temba, his arms wide.
- Shaka, when the walls fell.
- The river Temarc in winter.
- Mirab, his sails unfurled.
These phrases are references to Tamarian literature, lore, and history. To express thoughts, Tamarians refer to a vast cultural repository of narratives.
Oh my god, #nintendarmok is the best hashtag I've ever seen.— S. Dungeon (@scd) September 8, 2014
Which brings us to this funny hashtag going around Twitter:#nintendarmok. It shows Tamarian references to Nintendo games. Here are a few examples.
Luigi, when the Thwomps fell. #nintendarmok— Daniel Solis (@DanielSolis) September 8, 2014
The dog, when the birds didn't fall. #nintendarmok— JessAnn Underscore (@JessAnn_) September 8, 2014
Link and Ganon at Hyrule Castle. #Nintendarmok— Raine Hutchens (@ImBringTheRaine) September 8, 2014
Link, with Triforce raised. #nintendarmok— Rob Abrazado (@flatvurm) September 7, 2014
-via Richard Eisenbeis