Klingons with ridges in the new movie.


Coming soon.net is reporting that the Klingons in the new movie will have ridges on their heads. You can see a Klingon in the background on the monitor behind Director JJ. Abrams. 

Now some may wondering why this is news!? Well it seems that Trek fandom is in a big debate over whether or not the Klingons in the new movie should have smooth heads or ridges. 

The original series, which the movie is based on, had the smooth headed dark complexioned klingons. Then came the 1979 feature film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture which featured Kilngons with ridges on their heads for the first time. The original show never had the budget to depict them that way but the feature film did have the cash and we have had bumpy headed Klingons ever since.

There was never an on screen explanation given for the new look of the Klingons (in my opinion an explanation was never needed) but in 2005 the two part episode of Star Trek: Enterprise “Affliction” and “Divergence” explained the cause of the ridges to a failed medical experiment the Klingon High Council had done in an attempt to increase the strength and intelligence of the Klingon race. The expriment back fired resulting in mutated Klingons.

Despite Star Trek09 being basically a reboot placing the events in a different universe many fans wanted the Klingons in this movie to be smooth headed like they were in the original series.

I was never happy about the explanation because I don’t need every continuity change explained to me. I just accepted the fact that the higher budget allowed them to be depicted as they would have if the original series had the money.

Isn’t it rather strange what we nerds argue over? 


About liamfoley63

I was born in 1963 and that is relevant to my development of my love for science-fiction and fantasy movies, comic books, superheroes and many other things attributed to Nerd culture. In the 60s I watched all the Saturday afternoon Godzilla and monster movies I could take. In the 70s I became hooked on Star Trek. I am also an artist (in my own mind at least) and a musician. I enjoy learning about physics, astrophysics, chemistry and earth silences such as meteorology, anthropology, paleontology. When I reached my late 30s I began to re-explore my nerd roots. I reconnected with my love of science fiction and fantasy movies along with the other science related topics. For this blog I will focus on movie and TV reviews for science fiction and fantasy and post my thoughts on up coming movies. I will also include some fun facts from the various sciences I enjoy along with weather facts and bits from royalty and history. What I will not discuss is religion and politics. I am married to a beautiful woman named Sarah and have a lovely daughter named Danielle.

Posted on June 4, 2012, in Movie News of the day. and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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