Mary Chieffo, who plays Klingon L’Rell on ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ just released a new photo from the set of season two, showing off the character’s new look!
In the photo, L’Rell is shown with long locks of hair. Chieffo took to Twitter to keep fans informed of L’Rell’s new occupation as Chancellor of the Klingon High Council, saying:
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season One had Klingons with no hair. Following the first trailer for Season Two, Chieffo explained the appearance of hair on the characters, saying:
“You might have noticed in the trailer, there is a bit of a new aesthetic going on and that is a really exciting addition that has been made and is inspired by Glenn Hetrick, who is our designer and a huge Trek fan himself. He was inspired by season six, episode 23 of The Next Generation, ‘Rightful Heir.’ There is a reference when Kahless is brought back as a clone. The way he proves himself is he tells the story of how he cut off a lock of his hair and dipped it into a volcano and made the first bat’leth, with which he killed Molor, the terrible tyrant who was running Qo’noS at the time.”
She continued, saying:
“So, in the spirit of ‘Discovery,’ we took that one little beautiful seed that was planted from an earlier iteration and kind of expanded on that, and we see that in a time of war the Klingons would shave their heads, and in a time of peace, we start to grow it back out. I really love the symbolism of that.”
Many ‘Trek’ fans pointed out that the Klingons did not shave their heads during the Dominion War story arc in ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.’ In response, Chieffo explained that the culture changed following the destruction of Praxis and the signing of the Khitomer Accords in ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.’ She said:
“The Dominion War takes place more than 100 years after the events of ‘Discovery.’ Traditions change and are lost in time. Much of what T’Kuvma predicted about homogenization and assimilation of the Klingon race occurs after the explosion of Praxis & subsequent political shift.”
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will return to CBS All Access on January 17, 2019.
Source: Trek Movie