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"My, what a charmer."
– Katherine Pulaski, 2365 ("Peak Performance")

Sirna Kolrami was a male Zakdorn and master strategist during the mid- to late-24th century.

History

In 2365, Kolrami was recruited by Starfleet to observe a battle simulation between the USS Enterprise-D and the USS Hathaway.

Kolrami was quite skilled at the game of Strategema, reaching the rank of third level grand master. While aboard the Enterprise-D, he easily defeated Commander Riker at the game, causing him to have a low opinion of Riker's ability as a strategist. During the simulation, however, Kolrami was impressed by Riker's highly unorthodox style which saw the heavily outmatched Hathaway score several simulated hits on the Enterprise-D.

Once the battle simulation was underway, the Ferengi marauder Kreechta interrupted in the false belief that the Hathaway held some secret value. Offering his strategic advice, Kolrami insisted that the Enterprise-D abandon Riker and his crew as acceptable losses; Captain Picard refused, and Riker was able to fool the Ferengi into believing his ship had been destroyed. Further impressed by Riker's strategic machinations, Kolrami filed a favorable report on Riker's performance to Starfleet.

After witnessing Riker's earlier defeat at Strategema, Doctor Pulaski encouraged Lieutenant Commander Data to challenge Kolrami to a game of Strategema, in the belief that Data was infallible and could not be defeated by an organic person. Kolrami easily triumphed, causing Data to question his own abilities and to even request to be relieved of duty, believing that his advice could be flawed and that Captain Picard should not rely on it. Data later realized that his own strategy was flawed and challenged Kolrami to a second game; this time passing up obvious avenues of opportunity to gain an advantage. This stalling defensive tactic so frustrated Kolrami that he quit the game, handing victory to Data by default. (TNG: "Peak Performance")

Memorable quotes

"What's the Zakdornian word for mismatch?"
"Challenge. We do not whine about the inequities of life. And how you perform in a mismatch is precisely what is of interest to Starfleet. After all, when one is in the superior position, one is expected to win."

- William Riker and Sirna Kolrami


"I must admit your Commander Riker acquitted himself quite admirably. And so, captain, have you. My report to Starfleet will be most favorable."

- Sirna Kolrami

Appendices

Background information

Roy Brocksmith's costume was later sold for $315.00

Sirna Kolrami was played by actor Roy Brocksmith in his first of two Star Trek appearances.

The costume worn by Brocksmith consisted of thick green-gold pants with a matching robe-like long-sleeved top. It was later sold for $315.00 in the It's A Wrap! sale and auction. [1]

The script of "Peak Performance" describes Kolrami as "a slender weasel-like creature". It also gives the pronunciation of his name as "cole-ROM-ee". [2]

Kolrami was the first Zakdorn seen on-screen. Makeup designer Michael Westmore was given no direction as to what the character should look like so had to wait until the casting department had made a decision on who would play the role before he could get to work on his design. "There was nothing in the 'Peak Performance' script telling me what the character would look like," Westmore recalled. "It wasn't until I started sculpting over the cast of Roy's head that I was able to come up with an idea for his character, Sirna Kolrami. Roy has a full, round face, and I developed a set of appliances that would work with his features. We made a piece that went over his nose and upper lip, two pieces for the cheek, and an appliance for his forehead." Westmore didn't want to do anything with Kolrami's hair so he instructed the stylist to slick it back. "That exposed more of his face," he explained. "I also left his hands alone, because I knew there would be several scenes of him playing a game, and he would need his hands free." Once the look of the Zakdorn had been established with Kolrami, it was simply a matter of adjusting the appliances to match the actor in future appearances, such as for Klim Dokachin in "Unification II". (Star Trek: The Next Generation 365, p. 113)

In his review of "Peak Performance", Star Trek author Keith R.A. DeCandido writes, "Roy Brocksmith has always been an excellent character actor, but I’d argue that this was his strongest performance, playing Kolrami as a distinctive, hilarious character." [3]

Apocrypha

Kolrami and the events of "Peak Performance" are shown in the Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers: What's Past eBook Many Splendors.

Kolrami also has a card in the Star Trek Customizable Card Game which highlights his leadership skills.

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