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Old November 30 2013, 06:44 AM   #1
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TOS Klingons explained?

Ok just got finished watching Episodes 15 & 16 "Affliction" and "Divergence". Am I to believe this story arc is the reason for the difference in appearance of TOS Klingons and all the other Klingons?
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Old November 30 2013, 08:22 AM   #2
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Yes.
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Old November 30 2013, 09:09 AM   #3
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Re: TOS Klingons explained?

It wasn't clear enough?
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Old November 30 2013, 09:20 AM   #4
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Re: TOS Klingons explained?

In Trials and Tribbleations, a DS9 episode, Worf is confronted with the sight of smooth foreheaded Klingons of the TOS era. Questioned by his peers he says "we do not speak of it", obviously embarrassed.

That was the admission that there are actual differences in TOS era Klingons and TNG onward, that we as the audience aren't supposed to just pretend otherwise like we do with styrofoam boulders and other TOSness.

The ENT arc gives us the explanation for what fans have wondered for years about
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Old November 30 2013, 09:29 AM   #5
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"we do not speak of it"
Eh.

I would have been perfectly happy, if it had been left at that, even if not knowing the in-universe explanation became a permanent running gag like what is the sound of Morn's voice.

Not all fans wondered about, cared for, or needed an in-universe explanation. It was better not knowing.
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Old November 30 2013, 09:36 AM   #6
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Re: TOS Klingons explained?

I loved the explanation. I thought it very satisfying and well done as well as being an interesting story in itself.
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Old November 30 2013, 10:13 AM   #7
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Re: TOS Klingons explained?

The Klingon forehead explaination was rubbish.

But I wouldn't have minded a story about the genetically enhanced Humans. They were very well cast and interesting to watch, when they weren't harassing scientists by stuffing them in tubes filled with death-dealing biological weapons. Some of the choreography of the fighting sequences was particularly effective ...
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Old November 30 2013, 10:42 AM   #8
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I loved the explanation. I thought it very satisfying and well done as well as being an interesting story in itself.
I agree. I'm not usually fan of fanwanky unnecessary explanations (like the nuTrek comics trying to explain why Khan is British now or the ENT novel that tried to explain why TOS looks less advanced than the NX-01), but this one was harmless fun and the added backstory didn't negatively taint any of the old Klingon episodes.

Plus, when I first saw it i had no idea they were going to it, and I'd somehow missed the teaser where we see a Klingon's forehead dissolve. After spending three years saying "these pre-TOS Klingons shouldn't have bumpy heads!" (albeit jokingly), I actually stood up when the Enterprise was boarded by a squad of TOS-style human-looking Klingons (not unlike Sulu at the start of TUC). A huge OMG WTF moment.
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Old November 30 2013, 10:45 AM   #9
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I could have done without it, but it was executed well enough. Would they have roped the Romulans in too if ENT had gone on long enough?
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Old November 30 2013, 11:04 AM   #10
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^Don't forget the Trill. They got the bumpy-forehead-turns-into-leopard-spots strain of the virus
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Old November 30 2013, 11:14 AM   #11
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^Don't forget the Trill. They got the bumpy-forehead-turns-into-leopard-spots strain of the virus
No, if I recall the Excelsior novel "Forged in Fire" correctly, a subset of Trill were caught up in an attempt to restore the Klingons' bumps.
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Old November 30 2013, 11:37 AM   #12
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Re: TOS Klingons explained?

This came up all all the time in fandom, for YEARS, decades.. and you'd always get the people who said "it was the limitations of tv of that era, just accept it" and the people who speculated about reasons. I think it was great and respectful of Star Trek to actually come up with a reason. It tied it in with Worf's comment too because of course Klingons would be embarrassed to have their looks altered via humans.
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Old November 30 2013, 11:49 AM   #13
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This came up all all the time in fandom, for YEARS, decades.. and you'd always get the people who said "it was the limitations of tv of that era, just accept it" and the people who speculated about reasons.
Best comment after the arrival of the Klingons of ST:TMP, who had their spinal columns stretching over their scalps:

"It's due to Starfleet continually kicking their asses."
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Old November 30 2013, 02:07 PM   #14
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"we do not speak of it"
Eh.

I would have been perfectly happy, if it had been left at that, even if not knowing the in-universe explanation became a permanent running gag like what is the sound of Morn's voice.

Not all fans wondered about, cared for, or needed an in-universe explanation. It was better not knowing.
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I loved the explanation. I thought it very satisfying and well done as well as being an interesting story in itself.
I'm two minds of it. On one hand, I don't think it was necessary to give an explanation for the change in appearance for Klingons. On the other hand, I thought ENT did a really great job at it and I loved how it tied in with the augments earlier that season.
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Old November 30 2013, 03:02 PM   #15
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King Daniel Into Darkness wrote: View Post

I agree. I'm not usually fan of fanwanky unnecessary explanations (like the nuTrek comics trying to explain why Khan is British now or the ENT novel that tried to explain why TOS looks less advanced than the NX-01),
The ENTERPRISE novels are one of the few series I'm current on, and I don't remember any such explanation. What book was this in?

As for the topic, while I love "fanwank" (but I HATE that "word"), I agree that an explanation for the Klingon forehead ridges was unecessary.

It was still a good story, though.
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