The First Trailer for Star Trek: Discovery

The new series Star Trek: Discovery takes places slightly before the events of the original series with Kirk and Spock, but somehow the Starfleet crew is way more diverse, well-dressed, and armed with better special effects.  

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The CBS All Access series will be available online through a subscription service this fall. For details on the characters and trailer scenes, check out this article at Den of Geek


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If I were in charge of explaining that away, I might suggest that these Klingons are in a genetic transitional stage between the original (and later restored) very-ridgy version and the enhanced, ridge-free version. Perhaps it took two or three generations for them to go completely ridgeless. If that's the case, this may be a reasonable middle ground. Just an idea.
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My main issue is the look of the Klingons. Despite being a really different look from other series', there's also the issue of whether or not they should even have ridges. In Star Trek: The Original Series, they had no ridges, because they didn't have affordable technology to do so on TV in the 1960s, and because the makeup wasn't even adopted for Klingons until the 1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture. This was explained in the early 2000s series, Star Trek: Enterprise. In that series, the ridges disappeared prior to The Original Series due to the "Super Soldier Serum"-like eugenics concoction used to create Khan Noonian Singh and company, being used on Klingons and spreading like a virus to make the Klingons look more human, and ridding of them of their ridges for several generations. So, despite a claim by the producers of this show to make this new series canon within the confines of the television universe, and not the post-2009 movie universe, they already completely ignored one of the major facets of one of the major non-human races in the universe.
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