'Star Trek: Discovery' Announces New Klingon Cast Members

Monday, 12 December 2016 - 3:39PM
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Monday, 12 December 2016 - 3:39PM
'Star Trek: Discovery' Announces New Klingon Cast Members
Get your bat'leths out, because Star Trek: Discovery just got three new Klingon cast members! We've been expecting more Klingons in the new series ever since Bryan Fuller (who has sadly left the show completely at this point) announced that the new starship crew would include a male Klingon captain. It's not clear whether the new Klingons cast today are going to be crewmembers about the Discovery, but their descriptions have interesting implications:

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The first is Chris Obi (Roots) as T'Kuvma, a leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses. The second is Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful) who will play Kol, a Klingon Commanding Officer and protege of T'Kuvma. And the third is newcomer Mary Chieffo as L'Rell, the Battle Deck Commander of a Klingon ship.
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Already we're seeing some hints that the show will explore internal conflicts within the Klingons, which have traditionally been shown as a war-like species. Human-Klingon relations have been rocky in the series, which adds an interesting layer of cross-species politics to the new crew.

One of the interesting things about the show is how diverse the cast is, especially the Discovery crewmembers. According to a previous announcement, we know that the show will feature a crewmember who belongs to an all-new alien species, as well an openly gay astromycologist and an Asian Starfleet commander. We've speculated before whether Klingons and humans aboard the Discovery would be integrated, especially considering that the series takes place ten years before the original series, which took place (depending on who you ask) almost a hundred years before The Next Generation introduced the first Klingon crewmember, Worf. In the intervening years humans and Klingons were still divided by a lot of cultural and political differences, which makes it interesting to see how the two races interact aboard the same vessel.

We still don't know who the Klingon captain of the Discovery is or the person playing Number One, the main character of the show. Despite Bryan Fuller leaving, we're still excited to find out more—including the mysterious historical event that the show is supposed to revolve around. Stay tuned, Trekkies.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres on CBS All Access in May 2017.
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