I've been a bit quiet recently about Star Trek Discovery. Well, there's a few reason for that. Mainly because I haven't got the time to do some analysis and theory-crafting, but today is the day when I do! So welcome to the "Theoritical Zone" ladies and gents, and other life forms. :)
While now we have a release date over the series and we are getting some bits and pieces from various sources, I've been thinking about the Klingons and actually I come up with an idea about them. They surely look different than we got to see them in various incarnations of Trek, and that's ok. We are talking about a certain evolution here. Obviously back in the 60's the Klingons looked normal humans with some makeup and a weird mustache/beard combo. They were a bit scary but still lovable characters, unlike the Tellarites or Tholians. We didn't really get to see them that much in the course of the series, but they certainly got through some design changes. Later in season 3 they've got a darker skin tone and a bit more aggressive look.
The big chance was obviously the Motion Picture when we got to see them in a new design. Well, they were different. I remember the first time when I saw them about 20 years ago when I was 11, they looked just fine to me. I wasn't really familiar with the series back than, so all I had is was just the movie look. Later obviously with TNG and DS9 I've got to know more about them and the picture about the race became more clear. The look on those Klingons stayed exactly as they were before, they carried the Motion Picture look over the 50 years of Trek.
When we got to see them again in Enterprise that was a bit shocking at the first time. Why they look like the Klingons from the later era? Well, that has been explained for us in a really clever way, combining the story with the Khan and his crew. So the genetic mutation effected all the Klingons and they became more human look a like.
What's Up With Discovery Then?
Well, I've been reading a lot of comments recently on the latest little information that Trekcore published. The picture they released about Mary Chieffo's Klingon look, made me think about the evolution of the Klingons. They look totally different than they looked before and as many of us stated in many way, they are more like a prequel species of the Kelvin Klingons. I mean, who would argue with that?
Many of us had an idea of these guy, as they might come from the past, as an ancient Klingon race. The sarcophagus ship and the creepy look indicated that they are really coming from an old era. But what if they are from the future? What if those Klingons are the distant cousins of the Klingons we know and they playing with the temporal timeline? What if a really big disaster happens in the distant future that causes of the extinction of the race and they as survivors came back in time to prevent the future happening. Maybe the Federation did something that happened to be fatal to them? Or maybe they are just randomly travelled back in time in order to do a sacred mission?
Despite from the theoretical part, the moment that made me think about the "future Klingons" is their head. Their head got a more conical shape from their back. Now as we humans evolved from our ape predecessors than we can simply assume the Klingons gone through some pretty amazing changes too. We all remember that "proto-klingon" that Worf transformed to in TNG, right? So maybe this is just part of the evolution that we are just about to witness in Discovery? Or I'm just making a story up based on what we know and what could be? I'm sure the creative team has a pretty clever way to explain why they look how they are, and why the show looks more like another JJ movie. It's a lot in the table already for them and I hope they will get it right. They have to...
This was my little rambling about the topic. Please let me know in the comment section below what do you think of the NEW Klingon outlook in Discovery? Are they from the past? From the future? Let us know. :)
Keeping it simple...
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