The Klingons

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by Delta Vega, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. lstyer

    lstyer Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 19, 2009
    Huntington, WV
    I prefer the TOS Klingons in pretty much every way. The TOS characterization is more interesting to me than the space samurai angle that TNG adopted, and while I like the TNG makeup, I would have preferred it to have been used for a different species. I have no problem at all with the TOS Klingon makeup, though I'll admit that I prefer when they at least went to the trouble of adding bushy eyebrows.

    The "look" and characterization of TNG Klingons is different enough from those of TOS Klingons that that but for the cultural cache of the term "Klingon," they might as well have been separate species.

    The TOS movie appearances kind of splits the difference, with the new look but characterization that fits in fine with the series. Well, kinda the new look. Mark Lenard's Klingon commander at the beginning of TMP doesn't really look like either makeup scheme, and there are a few Klingons here and there throughout the film series that look more like Lenard's character than they do the TNG-style.
  2. jayrath

    jayrath Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 15, 2001
    West Hollywood, Calif., USA
    It's what's inside that counts. :)

    (Of course, what's inside changed a whoooole lot between TOS and TNG. I have more problems with that, than with foreheads.)
  3. Jerikka Dawn

    Jerikka Dawn Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 1, 2004
    That's a fair point.

    I actually think this would have been the best way to do it.
  4. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Great Britain
    I don't really think that there was an issue with how "Trials and Tribble-ations" glossed over the difference. "We do not disucss it with outsiders."

    It was ENT that decided that the reason had to be shown.
  5. throwback

    throwback Captain Captain

    May 27, 2011
    In the episode "The Day of the Dove", it was revealed that the Klingons had a "...dueling tradition.". Dueling was governed by a code of honor. Furthermore, Klingons were revealed to be adept at sword fighting.
  6. Mr_Homn

    Mr_Homn Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 30, 2010
    yeah but ds9 set the precedent that there was an in-universe acknowledgement of the visual difference between TOS klingons and TNG klingons..

    i think it would have been better if they didn't. I've long felt that what T'Girl proposed would have been the best route to go.
  7. Anduril

    Anduril Nose down. Throttle up. Captain

    Jun 29, 2004
    But then don't you think that fans would want to know why Worf magically transformed? Wouldn't fans want to know how our heroes somehow didn't notice such a radical transformation? While your idea is original, I think it would open up more questions. Remember the fanbase you're dealing with here.

    It would've been simpler to have Worf not even go aboard the space station in the first place. I can understand that it probably to good of an opportunity for the writers to pass up. Enterprise maybe wouldn't have had to address the issue if DS9 didn't bring it up..