A Star Trek Showrunner Explains The New Look For "Star Trek: Discovery" Klingons

Submitted by: melcervini 3 months ago in Entertainment
James Tiberius Kirk with Kang, one of the original Klingons.

This is the 'new' Klingon?! I expect him to say at least once, "Your Mickey Mouse is one big stupid dope!"

The look of the Klingons in Star Trek: Discovery has been the subject of much discussion since the trailer came out in May. Entertainment Weekly has a new quote from Discovery showrunner Aaron Harberts, which seems to be addressing fan debate:

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









The new "Star Trek: Discovery" has changed the look of Klingons to resemble the offspring between a Bangalore from 5th Element and a Drac from "Enemy Mine."

There are 17 comments:
Male 602
Klingon stories always bored the shite out of me. They just weren't interesting, this looks like they are at least trying to inject a bit of interest.
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Male 3,759
mrteatime For the most part I agree, however the one EP with Riker doing the commander exchange was pretty epic.
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Male 602
kalron27 Aye, I'll give you that one. It was a decent episode.
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Male 1,535
Come on.  their recent appearance is something Klingons do not discuss with other species.  end of story.

BTW, nice Enemy Mine reference!
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Male 8,777
spanz melcervini should have posted it without the Jeriba (Jerry) photo from Enemy Mine just to see how many would have got the quote.  I did, as that's one of my favorite 80's movies.
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Male 3,759
spanz I forgot to mention that...good catch on the Enemy Mine reference.
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Female 4,645
kalron27 one of my all time favorite movies
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Male 1,289
So since this series takes place before the original Star Trek, should they go back to putting white actors in blackface with no forehead ridges and crappy eyebrows?

The issue of Klingons without ridges was explained in Star Trek: Enterprise s:4 Ep:15 Affliction.  And even if you think Enterprise sucked it's still part of the Star Trek universe.
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Male 3,759
I am split on this new series.  On one side I like what they have done with the Klingons, they look more alien and more diverse in their species.  On the other, Brian Fuller walked away due to creative differences and studio trying to control him.  After see what he can do with IPs like Hannibal and America Gods when given full control, I'm worried that him leaving was a down turn for the project and we will get garbage instead of a deep emotional story.

In addition, the whole pay to watch service is just a bad idea.  If you want something to thrive you have to make it accessible.  HBO and Showtime can get away with it because they have been doing it for decades, for ABC to not air this on regular cable is just plain stupid.

Regardless, I'll find a ripped stream and watch the first EP to see if it is good enough to pursue, but I sure as hell won't be paying to see it.
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Male 4,111
Star Trek has been one of the most poor handled Intellectual Properties in the modern age.  It is an absolute shame.
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Male 40,490
daegog Agreed. And yet Star Trek lives on despite the bad management.
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Male 597
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7j4g2pRBZ8
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Male 40,490
Fans will love it. A new klingon .... yeah.  Just don't fuck with vulcans.
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Male 4,376
The thing to remember is this new show has absolutely nothing to do with any of the six other shows. It's based off of those really crappy movies or nothing makes any fucking sense.
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Male 541
Ooooo, something I won't care about, awesome!

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Male 6,576
star trek died with the reboot movies, like star wars
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Male 1,024
The quote should have been "Yeah, we completely screwed the pooch on Klingon appearance, but we wanted their women to be a whole lot uglier than the Durass sisters.  Hopefully, fans will become more invested in the characters than worried about the redesign.  We wanted to fire the art director, but he was sleeping with one of the higherups."

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