Star Trek: Discovery producer explains the Klingons' new look

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Jul 18, 2017

When Star Trek: Discovery debuts in September, the Federation will be in the midst of a cold war with the Klingon Empire — with the Klingons causing considerable havoc on this side of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants.

For the upcoming Star Trek CBS All Access series, a massive Klingon ship set was built, with the leader of an ancient Klingon house, T’Kuvma (Chris Obi), captaining the ship. According to a new report at Entertainment Weekly, T’Kuvma is looking to unite his people no matter what, including igniting a war with the Federation. Standing beside him is his Battle Deck Commander L’Rell (Mary Chieffo).

Ever since the Klingons were revealed a few months back, fans have been wondering why producers opted to redesign the look of the ridge-headed aliens. Showrunner Aaron Harberts explained that Bryan Fuller (the former showrunner) had lobbied to update the look of the Klingons, which, to be fair, has happened quite a few times since Star Trek first aired in 1966.

“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.”

A race of mighty warriors, the Klingons are a feudalistic society, with the rulers of the 24 Great Houses (like the House of Duras and the House of Martok) — led by the eldest male of the ruling family — forming the Klingon High Council and ruling Qo’noS (that's the Cliffs Notes version). The fact that Discovery will introduce different styles for different houses has me intrigued. Will we see some marked differences between them, or will it be more subtle? What do you think?

Star Trek: Discovery also stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Shazad Latif and Mary Wiseman, with James Frain as Spock's dad, Sarek, and Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd. The series will premiere on Sept. 24.

(via EW)