There are a lot of viewers unhappy with the new take on Klingons which ‘Star Trek: Discovery‘ has given us and now Michael Dorn, the actor who embodies everything Klingon, is weighing in on their new look. Dorn has not only played Worf in seven seasons of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ but also in four feature films and four seasons of ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.’ On top of that, the actor played one of Worf’s ancestors in ‘Star Trek VI.’ This means the actor isn’t just familiar with Klingons from the time of TNG and forward, but also in decades past in the time of Kirk
Because of this, Dorn probably knows more about Klingons than any other actor. As to the new look of the species on ‘Discovery,’ Dorn feels that the look doesn’t really play into the storyline and gives his opinion as to the change:
“In a general sense, in every iteration of Star Trek – outside of Next Generation and Deep Space Nine and all those Klingons – the producers were trying to make it their own and put their own stamp on the Klingons. So, they decided “We are going to do something different than everybody else.”…and I think that is what they came up with for Discovery. There is no rhyme or reason to it, or to any of the stuff, so I think it is just a matter that they want to put a stamp.”
Not only that, but Dorn feels that actress Mary Chieffo who plays L’Rell is at a huge disadvantage:
“I am actually really glad that I am not in that makeup, because if you go online and look up YouTube of Mary Chieffo – just a wonderful, just a sweetheart, but what they do to that poor girl is mind-boggling. There are three makeup artists working the whole time on her…I mean, it’s okay. It’s just another iteration.”
He went further into this as Gates McFadden, who was also on the panel, brought up how great of a job she had been doing so far:
Gates McFadden: It’s an incredible look, and she is able to do incredible things when she is wearing it. It is different, though.
Michael Dorn: That is the problem. There is nothing of her, at all…Nothing. Just her eyeballs. That’s it.
If you wanted to see the process that Dorn was speaking about, there is a sped up version which you can check out below:
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That doesn’t leave much of the actress’s natural emotions able to shine through with everything added on.
Do you agree with Dorn that they’ve really overdone the Klingon look for ‘Star Trek: Discovery’? Was there any real point to so drastically change the look of the characters? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Trek Movie