Producers explain why Klingons look so different in Star Trek: Discovery

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I’ve been getting more and more excited about the upcoming new Star Trek: Discovery for many reasons. It looks high budget, it features some fantastic actors, and it involves Klingons! Grow up Kerv, not that type. The one thing I wasn’t sure about from the trailers was who the Klingons were. You see, they have had a very distinct look since Star Trek: The Next Generation. Usually with brown skin and forehead ridges that could knock the Liverpool out of a Liverpool kiss. Below is the most famous of all Klingons, Worf – as played by Micheal Dorn.

That is his puzzled look, which is what I have on my face right now. You see the aliens we had seen in the trailers for the new series were indeed Klingons. Only they look about as Klingon as a Dalek does. Don’t believe me, feast your eyes on what will probably set most Trekkies’ phasers to ‘blast myself to death’:

Those are apparently Klingons… While the ridges are still there, there are quite a few changes and showrunner Aaron Harberts says we can thank original series showrunner Bryan Fuller for them. According to EW, Harberts said the look of the Klingons has changed often over the 52 years and that is why they have changed them again (what?)

“In the different versions of Trek, the Klingons have never been completely consistent. We will introduce several different houses with different styles. Hopefully, fans will become more invested in the characters than worried about the redesign.”

He does have a point. Over the years the Klingons have gone through… Two major physical changes… In The Original Series, they were literally just humans with darker skin and extra facial hair. I am pretty sure I read that was because of budget reasons. In The Next Generation we had the new, and what became the most iconic of looks. Sure, there were variations, usually when the character was of human/Klingon decent, but I can’t quite see how there have been so many major changes that making a new one for the sake of it is justified. I mean we have seen a Vulcan already in the new show, and they look the same. Also, those pesky humaaans! They are STILL bipedal! I call foul!

I am not so sure about this update. Changing the look of an iconic race because it’s post-millennial seems like a bit of a weird idea. Even their clothing looks more Romulan than Klingon. I can’t imagine many of my peers, those who are fans of the series, being especially enthralled with this at first. I’ll obviously give it a chance, but I really do not see the point of this, not at all. Does anyone else?

Last Updated: July 20, 2017

Nick Reay

I have been an avid fan of movies ever since I discovered Santa Clause wasn't real, a day marked in my memory by my first viewing of It's a Wonderful Life, which wasn't so wonderful that day. Since then I've watched thousands of movies and even fooled my parents into putting me through uni to get a degree in the subject. I first started writing as a journalist for The South African Newspaper before moving onto communications for an NGO trying to save the planet. Unfortunately my recommendations to the CEO that we should all don rings imbued with the powers of earth, fire, wind, water and HEART went unheard. Now I pretend the end isn't nigh by hiding in movies.

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