Leaked Photo Gives First Look At Klingons In STAR TREK: DISCOVERY

A leaked photo surfaced on Saturday, which is said to have been taken by someone currently working on the set of Star Trek: Discovery and may be our first look at the show’s Klingons in full makeup and wardrobe.

According to the source of the photo, a friend is “currently working on the set for Star Trek: Discovery,”. The photo’s caption leads us to believe that the person who shot it is working on the show as a Klingon himself.

The Facebook screen capture that was first posted to Trek BBS, below. The photo’s caption on Instagram (and then posted to Facebook) reads:

“Hanging out with my new Klingon Crew today on the set of the new #startrek”

Star Trek: Discovery is currently shooting at Toronto’s Pinewood Studios.

Star Trek: Discovery Klingons

The costumes definitely appear to be very similar to those shown in the production video that was released last week.

We know the warrior race will be a big part of Star Trek: Discovery, as Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo have been announced as playing the primary Klingons in the show.

The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery will premiere with a broadcast TV special on CBS later this year. That episode and all subsequent episodes will be exclusively shown in the U.S. on the video streaming service CBS All Access.

Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller and Rod Roddenberry will act as executive producers, with Nicholas Meyer (director of The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country and co-writer of The Voyage Home) and Kirsten Beyer serving as a writers and consulting producers. Stepping in for Bryan Fuller as co-showrunners are Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts.

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  • Tegan Bigone

    STILL NOT GONNA PAY FOR A NETWORK SHOW WHEN I’M ALREADY PAYING A CABLE BILL TO SEE CBS.

    • ericphillips

      I will. The shows will can be more adult, and Trek has a much better chance of survival online. It can be a success with a far lower viewership, and would be dead in weeks on regular CBS. Plus, my wife wants to see the spin off of “The Good Wife” they are having.

      Ten years from now there will be no broadcast networks, IMO. It will all be online.

      • Carl Richardson

        Not when you have Hughes net and have a 50 GB cap.

        • Thunderclap

          You are getting f***ed by them then Comcast has 300 GB. I guess thats the price of being in the country.

          • newk

            wow. in the uk there are no caps on data.

      • ziplock9000

        They have been saying that for 10 years and it ain’t happened

      • Yakushiji Tenzen

        lol get real, no broadcast networks? They’re making too much money off of it to go fully streaming online. This is a shit idea, and divides the fan base. A HUGE FANBASE that’s used to seeing on broadcast on television, how the hell do you know it would be dead in weeks? Good for you that you’ll be buying into this crap.

      • It also has a unique financial position. It can succeed even if nobody watches it on CBS All Access in the US. It’s bought and paid for by Netflix (and it will succeed on Netflix) upfront and is already in profit, I’m sure I heard season 2 is pretty much paid for too.

      • Great, that’s just what Trek should be: Jerry Springer outtakes in space…

        • ericphillips

          As a Bowling Green survivor, I assume you are upset at the Swedish Incident taking some of your sympathy away.

    • Carl Richardson

      Yeah same here.

    • pawood

      You have no need to pay a cable provider for CBS. Buy an HDTV antenna and you’ll have access to CBS and the other big networks as well as a lot of local and syndicated channels. If you’re only subscribing to cable for CBS, cancel it.

      • Tegan Bigone

        I suppose that is a viable option for people who want to live off the grid like barbaric cavemen and don’t want access to Logo Channel, BBCAmerica, TruTV, TVland, GameShowNetwork, ShopLC, NatGeo, AnimalPlanet & Hallmark Channel, and lose the phone and internet bundle and be forced to stupidly pay higher prices for them separately. CBS is run by greedy bitches. There is no valid reason for why they refuse to put it on network TV like every single one of the previous six shows. No priceless franchise has ever been so recklessly mishandled and mismanaged as STAR TREK has been by NBC/Gulf+Western/Viacom/CBS/Paramount, and if there was a prison for such a crime, every one of the Suits responsible should be rotting away in it.

        • pawood

          My main source of entertainment is Youtube and my Netflix subscription. I’m such an off the grid caveman!

        • joaquin_ondamoon

          Lol @ Hallmark channel, Logo, et al. Living off the grid with stone knives and bearskins here then.

          • Talos4

            “Stone knives and bearskins.” Kudos for the “City on the Edge of Forever” reference!

      • Dularr

        Only first episode will be on broadcast. After that you will need CBS online access.

    • The Chadwick

      GOOD FOR YOU! ENJOY NOT WATCHING STAR TREK DISCOVERY UNLESS YOU HAVE AN ANDRIOD BOX.

      • Thunderclap

        CBS app on Roku

      • ummmmm bit torrent….. just sayin

        • Jens Joe Nick

          Bit torrent? Do you live in the 90s? 😉

          Discovery will be on Netflix. Or is this just in Europe?

          • AmethystOracle

            Just Europe.

            I’m looking forward to Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Fight on CBS AA.

          • wydok

            It’s never “just Europe” if you know how to game the system.

          • Jonathan Cooper

            Just in Europe

  • James

    what are those pieces of crap? please god tell me they are not klingons.

    • thetoohardstyle

      They are Klingons without hair on. Thats the same way it was done in all the previous series. Don’t worry i’m sure they will be wearing hair when filming. It just looks weird because you never see the bald back of a Klingon head, its usually covered in hair.

      • Chester Chesterton

        I sure hope you’re right if those truly are supposed to be Klingons, though I don’t see why they’d go through the trouble of detailing the ridges if they won’t be showing. I don’t even mind bald Klingons, but these guys’ heads are oblong and really goofy looking. I’m holding out hope this is a non-Klingon species and the photo is someone on set trolling us.

      • Erik

        Again: Why should they mold the back head, if they will put a wig on them? That would be a waste of time and money.

    • Jens Joe Nick

      Actually. This seems to be the new look. But why do they have to mess with the looks of a canon race? I already hated it in Star Trek Into Darkness. But these guys here don’t even look a bit like Klingons. It’s awful!

      • Domitype

        It was all not explained on DS9 S05 E06 – sort of like “First Rule of Fight Club.”

  • ericphillips

    Looks more like Remans. I love Trek, but if they are going to change tons of the look, just reboot it a la Battlestar Galactica. I’d be cool with it.

    • Fulci is God

      we all know how crappy jjs reboot turned out

      • James Stewart

        Not at all crappy, I agree. 🙂

  • ThoseAreKlingons
    • thetoohardstyle

      -_- they just don’t have their wigs on yet.

      • Jens Joe Nick

        They wouldn’t make a perfect backhead, if they would wear wigs.

  • Carl Richardson

    From the looks of things, it’s a outfit rip off from Galaxy Quest bad guys. To much change on Klingons. Why with each new reboot they have to change so much.

  • Scott A Wyatt

    I tried to remain hopeful for this series, as I really wanted to see Star Trek back in episode form, but the one thing I cannot start is when continuity is just thrown out the window. This is supposed to be set 10 years before TOS. Why then do the Klingons have the ridged foreheads? The events of ENT episode Divergence explains the TOS non-ridged Klingons, and states that it’ll take a while to fix. That type of continuity error really puts this show off on the wrong foot with me.

    • samurai6669

      Hell they don’t even look like Klingons.

      • thetoohardstyle

        Ugghhh how can you be so stupid. Its quite clear that they just don’t have their hair on yet. They look almost identical to old Klingons from TNG etc once you put the hair on them.

        • samurai6669

          What is clear to me is you didn’t look at the photo too well. the facial features are totally wrong. The skulls are almost conical with a tapering off near the top. and with the Spinal thing going all the way up I seriously doubt they’re going to have hair. the only logical conclusion is that these are not Klingons. Either that or CBS is trying to kill off the Star Trek franchise which would be completely and totally illogical

        • Erik

          Why should they mold the back head, if they will put a wig on them? That would a waste of time and money.

    • Enterprise sucked and retconning it out of existence is all for the good.

      • joaquin_ondamoon

        I used to think that, but I just did a binge rewatcch of it, and some of it’s quite good. Sometime as fans we yell, “THAT’S NOT CANON!” Just watch it for what it is. At least Enterprise tried to be somewhat faithful to TOS. I’m gonna contradict some of what I just said, and say that the more of Discovery I see, the less I like. These are Klingons? I don’t know why the suits feel the need to constantly change stuff. I’d like a continuity that makes sense, or you could just name this anything, and be done with it.

        ENT did have the absolute worst series finale tho. I’ll give you that.

        • Gordon Shumway

          What are you talking about? Terra Prime was a decent series finale 😉

          • John Morrill

            I like the way you think. 🙂

        • Bullshit. Just for starters, TOS viewed breaking the Prime Directive to save a species from extinction as both logical and moral. In ENT they not only refuse to break the Prime Directive they don’t even have, they justify doing so with pseudoscientific evolutionary predestination that smacks remarkably of Nazism. The franchise is better off without that abortion of a show.

          As for the Klingons, Roddenberry himself said they were ALWAYS supposed to have facial ridges but they just didn’t have enough money in the makeup budget to afford all the prostheses, same reason the Romulan extras wore those goofy helmets.

    • Talos4

      The only way they could have this fit with the continuity is to say that some Klingons were isolated from the mutagenic virus or had a different reaction to it, and that’s why they don’t look like TOS-era Klingons. (I’m reaching here, I know…)

      • John Morrill

        Maybe they tried to use another mutagenic virus to create an antidote, but some jackwad slipped in some LSD? ;p

    • Joe Sullivan

      It also left room for there to actually still be “ridged” Klingons, as not all were exposed.

  • samurai6669

    Those are Klingons? I’m sorry but I guess Discovery is taking place in the Alternate universe and not the prime universe

  • Vger64

    Crazy. Doesn’t look like Klingons to me. Totally different

    • thetoohardstyle

      Duh.. it looks like they are having a lunch break in the picture. Why would they wear fake hair and fake beards to a lunch break? I’m sure they will look like regular Klingons in show.

      • Vger64

        Of course it’s a lunch break photo. I really believe a show of this caliber is not going to resort to wigs and slap on beards!! They would be part of the make-up prosthetics and not just on their “heads”. Unless the Klingons have a new look these aliens appear to be another species to me.

      • newk

        Why would they mould and paint areas of the head that are going to be covered by a wig?

  • MRW

    Not a fan… We have every series of this timeline showing Klingon’s including the movies with hair and totally different look. Maybe they can make another genetic experiment to explain it like the no ridges from TOS explained in Enterprise but otherwise it’s a terrible change. I still watch it of course because it’s trek but if its too far off the rails I won’t subscribe long.

  • Dave

    I’m not so sure those are Klingons. I guess it’s possible they’ve done a drastic redesign, but I wouldn’t blindly trust the caption. They’re probably just a new species that slightly resemble Klingons.

    • Talos4

      Let’s hope you’re right. The change in look is too drastic to fit with canon, unless they do some major revisionist retconning.

    • dwango

      They look more Reman than Klingon.

  • The Chadwick

    Right now its a love/hate for me and the Klingons new look, but i’m sure they’ll grow on me. I don’t think anyone should get in an uproar about the way they look, technically this is the 6th different look the Klingons have had in Star Trek. TOS, TMP (narrow forehead ridge and ridges on the nose), Star Trek 3 and 6 had Klingons with ridges smooth human-like noses, TNG (ridges everywhere),Into Darkness and now Discovery. Counting all those little intricate changes, these are the 6th version of Klingons. Change is good, and 50 years later, there is nothing wrong with changing the look. And if there are more changes, who cares, just cuz its prime timeline does not mean everything has to adhere to canon.

    Look at it this way, when we discover new artifacts or evidence like dinosaurs having feathers we change our history books accordingly. Star Trek has always been called the history of the future. So lets say we are telling the history of the future, if we discover new evidence the story, the facts, the looks will change. TOS is how Star Trek was 50 years ago, but now 50 years later, things will naturally look a little different. Embrace change.

    Another apt point was brought up on Twitter. The Klingon empire consists of many different species, what if these are another race of Klingons who have evolved on another planet, I.e. Vulcans and Romulans, same species but not.

    For whatever reason the costumes remind me of the Goa’uld from Stargate, especially with the two different colours, grey and the Klingon in the white off to the left.

    What I am wondering though, is who is that in the background in the centre of the photo? It looks like a red uniform. Looks like that person is also wearing a helmet, akin to the helmet we saw in the recent teaser video who some people are guessing is Lt Saru.

    • Talos4

      That’s a very thoughtful and thorough view of the history of the Klingon look. I’m going to have to revise my thinking on the subject.

      • The Chadwick

        Right on, thanks. I know most of us fans can get a little hostile at change, especially big changes like this, the reboot movies etc. But I would rather look at how to include it, how it works and fits in rather than saying this isn’t right, i’m not going to pay for all access blah blah blah. And it happens with every incarnation of Star Trek starting with TNG but then fans embraced it. With a Game of Thrones level budget for each episode, this series is going to be grand!

  • Matineer

    I’ll give it a chance, because the stories/characters are most important, but to me these designs seem overly complicated. It’s like the Enterprise — Matt Jefferies pretty much nailed the right proportions for TOS; every other design, while many are good, kind of misses. I just hope they’re not reflexively changing everything. These guys look scary, if that’s what they were going for. It’s a TV show, I’ll give it a chance. Don’t expect TOS or TNG here, or even DS9.

    • Jason Luthor

      Well, let’s hope not. The modes of storytelling on those old shows are archaic at this point.

  • Looks like a Klingon luncheon.

  • Tim Plummer

    Except those aren’t Klingons.

  • DS9 is King

    Those are Future Klingons.

  • thetoohardstyle

    Either those are NOT Klingons or they have just taken their wigs off for lunch break (they appear to be on lunch break in the picture).

  • Vger64

    I say Not Klingons! Has to be another Alien race!! I kinda like the look!!

  • Malevolent Kiwi

    Good God no.

  • CAPTAIN D-MAN

    Yep. We’re boned.

  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    Wow I really hope those aren’t Klingons.

  • Michael Conrad

    Those are Klingons, and I bet that’s how they will look. Maybe they will put hair on, but I highly doubt the makeup department goes through the trouble of putting ridges all along the skull if only to hide it with a wig. In fact, I’ve seen photos of the Klingon make up process and they don’t do the ridges all the way back. Just Google it and you will see photos of people with just the forehead and top of skull made up.

    To those whining about the make up change, it’s actually reverting back to The Motion Picture make up. Where were all of you complainers when TMP came out and they radically changed the make up? Or when Star Trek III came out and they changed it again? Or when they changed the look again in Undiscovered Country?

    It’s a TV show and is subject to artistic license. I think they are going with the retro 70s asthetic with the make up and the ship design of the Discovery. I personally think it’s awesome.

    Calm down people. But regardless it’s highly unlikely wigs are getting placed on top of those heads. So get used to it.

  • Rob Bob

    I’m just glad Nicholas Meyer is involved in this. I’m betting that he can bring some of his magic to this new series.

  • Lee Henderson

    I’m just a little disappointed it’s another Prequel. The Writers will be extremely limited in the exploration front because they can’t “discover” anything before it’s stated was discovered after the time the show is set.
    I loved TNG and adore DS9. A show set after these shows would have made more sense. But those shows had a certain character and delivery that television simply doesn’t do anymore (its up to yourself whether you think that a good or bad thing.)
    My other concern is a personal one, but why have all the shows been about Starfleet Officers. The show is called Star Trek. It would have been interesting to have a show that followed individuals not allifiated with the United Federation of Planets and not being in a state of the art Starship.

  • Oh gosh, that’s supposed to be a Klingon? Looks part sleestack if it was green… I hadn’t planned on watching it before but this just makes it worse. Makes me think of the Johnny Depp Lone Ranger movie and how they killed that. Now they’re doing it to my Trek! 🙁

  • Alan

    IF these are Klingons I very, VERY sincerely hope that they’re from scenes set in the late 23rd century or the 24th century because there is NO WAY in continuity that bunch in that photo fit in to the supposed mid 2250’s setting of Star Trek: Discovery.

  • Rui Pereira

    All the episodes will leak out in the same week. Mark my words…

  • Kerry Hanson

    The Federation is made up of around 50 (in TOS era) races. Why can’t there be different Klingon races? That would make them even more interesting. There has been so much done with them in 800 episodes, so new ground is pretty hard to come by.

  • Bradley J. Fortner

    I don’t plan to watch it by stealing it with a torrent client. I’m sure none of you are planning on watching that way either. Everyone knows you need to PAY to watch TV shows from premium networks. Its just a coincidence that Game of Thrones is the most pirated show of the year every year.

  • Agu

    I hate their design. They should have hair, the back of their heads are far too large, The head spines shouldn’t be so uniform, and they appear not to have any ears.

  • Arron Ratcliff

    If they are trying to set Discovery in the prime universe.Then why in Spock’s name are they using Klingon designs from In to Darkness! the way those head pieces look they will all be bald like in darkness so no wigs.I am losing faith in discovery more and more with every announcement the studio makes.And the behind the scenes sneak peeks aren’t helping.

  • dwango

    Klingons in the “Discovery” timeline have ridges, then won’t in TOS, then will in TNG….Explain that one, Mr. Worf. “What happened? Some kind genetic engineering?” “A viral mutation?” ” “We do not discuss it with outsiders.”

    • TOS is becoming a millstone for anything new. The Enterprise ‘mutation’ thing was just an excuse for an uncomfortable truth, that as much as we love TOS, it’s hopelessly outdated visually due to limitations in 1960’s future tech, design and makeup.

      They have to break continuity somehow, I’m sure they’ll put an explanation in episode 1 and then move on.

  • I love the new design for the Klingons, not as radical as the TOS to TMP transition but they look more fierce being bald, but I hope they step back from the nonsense of the post TMP to TNG/VOY/DS9 era with Klingons being mindless morons who drink and sing and kill eachother, they were unbelievable as a space-faring race. Klingons were originally militaristic and harsh but intelligent and shewd strategists, I hope Discovery will return to that.

    Can’t wait for this on Netflix!

  • Jonathan Cooper

    We are taking all this as cannon based on someones Instagram comment. Maybe the guy has no clue what they are and just is calling them Klingon. My mom calls Spock Klingon. They look more Xindi Reptiles than Klingon. Maybe they are in stage 2 of makeup, and missing prosthetics and hair.

    • The Chadwick

      All very apt points.

  • newk

    If they are Klingons; terrible.

    A lot of people are saying “the wigs are off for lunch”. Hopefully, but why would they mould and paint the backs of the heads only to put a wig over it? Worried…..

  • MoreStupidsFromCBS

    Maybe there is an highly infectious mental Disease in the ranks of new Star Trek Creators. Whatever can be the reason that they destroy the orginal Trek and replace it with this stupid kind of “i dont know what is it….” ?

  • If they’re Klingons, why did one of them just say “CONSUME MASS QUANTITIES?”

  • Robby Rigolosi

    Klingons look horrible along with the Discovery. Will pass on this show. Should ha e done a show set in the 2270’s with a refit Constitution class ship.