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Discovery's Klingon appearance

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Alright, so a lot of us know that the Klingon designs in Star Trek: Discovery haven't exactly been well-liked.  Ah screw it, most of the fandom despises the DSC Klingon look.

 

Well apparently, one of the producers has offered an explanation which mitigates this somewhat.  According to him, the Klingons we see are the descendants of ones who left Qo'noS a long time ago, and who began adapting to the environments of the new planets they settled on, in order to better survive conditions there.  And one such trait that was evolved was the heat-sensitive pits, like snakes have.  And baldness as well.  If I had to guess, I'd say that these traits were originally mutations in the Klingon back-up synaptic system (yes, TNG revealed that Klingons have a back-up synaptic system).

 

So apparently, Discovery Klingons are the equivalent of Abhumans from 40K.

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Oh, and there's some canon stuff to support this theory, too.

 

First, take a look at a "normal" Klingon - specifically, the Klingon Ambassador in the 2280's/2290's:
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Now, here's a "Discovery" Klingon - specifically, T'Kumva:

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Now, here's the Klingon captain from "Into Darkness":
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If you notice, the Klingon captain's features are somewhere between the other two, suggesting that he might be a hybrid of the two different Klingon subspecies.  And while "Into Darkness" DOES take place in the Kelvin universe, as opposed to the Prime, the Klingon captain's age would suggest that he was born BEFORE the two realities diverged.

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Okay, they've finally explained at least part of the discrepancy - namely, the hairlessness.  Apparently, Klingons in this era shave their heads before marching off to war.  And since we see Klingons WITH hair in the Season 2 trailer (along with a bunch of other stuff that shows that they at least listened to fan complaints)... I can kinda accept this.

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I personally don't think this has anything to do with fan complaints. They were quite plain that this was what they had planned. The bitching and moaning "fans" were just being impatient. 

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I guess.  Though there WAS that issue with the D7....

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I think of Discovery like this:

Kurtzman had no interest in making Star Trek. He wanted to make something vaguely like Star Trek, but just cherry picking the ideas from it that he liked and discarding... basically everything else.

That's what Discovery is. It's got the nameplate on it, it uses names of species and characters from Star Trek. It is not, and never was, intended to actually be Star Trek. They put the nameplate on it in order to have a pre-built audience, because they knew that without the nameplate, nobody would watch it, much less defend it against criticism.

It's the same thing we got with Enterprise. Berman & Braga wanted to do an almost entirely personal take on the Star Trek continuity, without much interest in or respect for the pre-existing continuity. That's why we had Romu-Vulcans, etc. Eventually, when they saw that their bait-and-switch cost them fans, and under pressure from Paramount to get their shit together, some course corrections started to happen: 'Star Trek' was added to the series marquee, T'Pol's eyebrows went from human to Vulcan, and in Season 4, Manny Coto swooped in and finally turned Enterprise, properly, into the prequel it had originally been hyped as.

I doubt that KurtzmanTrek is going to get a writer/showrunner like Manny Coto who will come in and actually merge it with the larger franchise continuity, however, especially now that KurtzmanTrek basically has its own distinct continuity.

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Addendum to add further thoughts.

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On 1/10/2019 at 11:59 PM, Khas said:

I guess.  Though there WAS that issue with the D7....

The "charcoal space cactus"? lol

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