The 'Star Trek Discovery' Klingon Props and Costumes on Display at SDCC Look Absolutely Gorgeous
The new show takes place decades before The Next Generation and the relative peace and cooperation between the Federation and the Klingons, meaning that there are plenty of opportunities to explore what happens when you bash a civilization of entitled humans against a proud warrior race. Chances are, the central conflict of Discovery won't end with a tea party and a warm handshake.
The Klingon people have been dramatically reworked for this new show, with various different "houses" having different physical features and fashions--that's the explanation given as to why none of these new Klingons look anything like Worf from The Next Generation. Instead, it's pretty clear to see that no expense has been spared with these designs, as the costumes all look absolutely incredible.
The armor and weaponry are so beautifully ornate, to the point that it's easy to see how pre-production for the show would have delayed filming for so long as the props team worked on these.
Much like how Starfleet's technology is designed to look future-retro, with copper colors and big, shiny transporter discs, it seems that the design team have gone for a similar old-fashioned look for the Klingons, really building up the idea of them as a warrior race by making their costumes look almost medieval in design. This works well with the Klingons' natural fondness for blades and other melee weapons, and it really helps the designs stand out from what we've seen before.
More awesome Klingon weapons. Bat'leth, Mek'leth, disrupter rifle, and disrupters pistol. pic.twitter.com/i3S8slo5My— Captain Revo (@Captain_Revo) July 21, 2017
That said, there's just enough here to make these designs look futuristic, from the glowing green mask of the "Torchbearer" (which is "worn only by a warrior chosen through a sacred ritual" according to the display), to the elaborate winged spaceships that appear to be taking the name 'Bird of Prey' very literally.
Also thanks to Discovery: Klingon vessels from the 22nd to 24th Centuries.— Nash (@Nash076) July 21, 2017
The second two are within ten years of each other.
This level of detail here isn't normally seen on a television show, and it's clear that CBS is hoping that the big-budget cinematic feel of the show will help draw in audiences who might think Star Trek isn't worth the switch to online streaming. At this point, it's hard to imagine Star Trek Discovery being anything other than beautiful (at least technically).