Exclusive: Klingon Subplot Revealed

JJ Abrams on Star Trek storyline

Earlier in the week we brought you news of the first screening of Star Trek footage (read all about that here) - but now we've got exclusive, red-hot news from director JJ Abrams himself about an entire excised subplot involving everyone's favourite knobbly nutters, the Klingons.

"There was a big Klingon subplot in this," Abrams told us, "and we actually ended up having to pull it out because it confused the story in a way that I thought was very cool but unnecessary. So we have these beautiful designs that we’re going to have to wait and do elsewhere I guess."

Already: a reason to buy the DVD! So why the pointy eared Romulans over the forehead-tastic Klingons? "The Romulans were … what was interesting to me was that it wasn’t the Klingons. That’s what you expect and it was fun to use the Romulans the way we did. Part of the fact is that they hadn’t seen them for so many years, so that it immediately breaks, for anyone who knows, the rules of Trek to start the movie and have Romulans crossing paths with Starfleet. It jumps in breaking the rules, which I think is kind of fun."

"That’s not to say it’s not explained and it’s not consistent with canon, given our story," Abrams assured us, "but it felt like we had seen so many iterations of Klingons done that this felt like a way to do something in the familiar vernacular but not so familiar that it felt overdone."

That said, the Klingons do have a presence in Star Trek. "You will see Klingon Warbirds in the movie. Maybe not in the way you expect, but you will see them," teases Abrams. Warbirds, for those of you who avoid Trek, are Klingon battle cruisers, ie spaceships. And it's good news for the world's Klingon speakers, who will have something to speculate about at their next bat'leth tournament.

Star Trek is out on May 8 next year, but check back here on Monday for more very exciting Trek news.