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Exclusive: Klingon Subplot Revealed
JJ Abrams on Star Trek storyline

14 November 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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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.


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RE: Hang on...
Yes, they have been pretty much pants pudding for many a long year now. But when you factor in that JJ Abrams is just generally ace and has promised to right the biggest wrong in the Star Trek cannon ‘No Action!’ A fact that he seems ever so keen to reinforce in the trailer, which is as stated below, brilliant (well minus Pegg’s ropey Scottish accent) it is looking like this could deliver a long overdue action filled, blockbusting Star Trek! I for one cant wait! More

Posted by pete_traynor at 16:42 on 17 November 2008 | Report This Post

Hang on...
Aren't all the Star Trek films other than Wrath of Khan a huge pile of b*llocks? What about that fourth one? I was sick in my own mouth when I saw that? Why would this be any different? And why does anyone care whether or not they remember to put pasties on the actors heads? It'll still be rubbish. More

Posted by Nicky C at 15:53 on 17 November 2008 | Report This Post

Can't believe i'm typing this
But nemesis was actually Remans, from Remus. Oh and a human of course. More

Posted by rob_devitt at 08:11 on 17 November 2008 | Report This Post

BOOTLEG-QUALITY STAR TREK TRAILER
Now on youtube (catch it quick peeps) It looks flippin brilliant. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 22:46 on 15 November 2008 | Report This Post

Klingon Bird of Who Gives A Crap
Empire, i think you should put a deliberate mistake in every article you post about this film. It's immensely enjoyable watching furious Trekkies giving themselves Vulcan Penis Pinches every time they spot some slight error in nomenclature. Hilarious. More

Posted by The_Hat at 18:03 on 15 November 2008 | Report This Post

But weren't the Romulans in the last Star Film film, Nemesis?
Or have I got it backwards? More

Posted by Primus at 14:39 on 15 November 2008 | Report This Post

But weren't the Romulans in the last Star Trek film, Nemesis?
Or have I got it backwards? More

Posted by Primus at 14:38 on 15 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: JJ Talks Klingons
actually the romulans were to b the villains of trek III but that changed. a mistake by writer led to the klingon ship being called a bird of prey-which stuck thru the movies and TNG. More

Posted by spark1 at 11:07 on 15 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: JJ Talks Klingons
I hate to contradict the "fans," but the first Birds of Prey were Romulan, not Klingon.  This is how they were referred to in the classic episode "Balance of Terror". Romulan "warbirds" first appeared in The Next Generation.  We have seen two classes of Romulan warbird, the D'deridex and the Valdore.   The Klingon Bird of Prey was first seen in Star Trek III.  Klingons may have warbirds too, we have just never seen them on screen before.   And JJ. Abrams opening More

Posted by commandr at 01:02 on 15 November 2008 | Report This Post

Hells yeah I'm Geek!
Warbirds are Romulan battleships, Birds of Prey are Klingon The smooth head klingons explained in Enterprise was about the Klingons conducting genetic experiments to create super klingon warriors (like the genetically engineered human embryos from the Eugenics war), however the experiments create a disease that is almost totally fatal to those exposed, but Dr Phlox the Chief medical officer on NX-01 Enterprise invents a complicated antidote that stops the disease in the early stages but only a More

Posted by Rebelbumscum at 19:10 on 14 November 2008 | Report This Post

Warbirds ????
Get your facts right Empire, Warbirds are Romulan battle cruisers and Bird of Preys are Klingon battle cruisers !!!! More

Posted by Gillhead at 19:05 on 14 November 2008 | Report This Post

Warbirds ????
Get your facts right Empire, Warbirds are Romulan battle cruisers and Bird of Preys are Klingon battle cruisers !!!! More

Posted by Gillhead at 18:43 on 14 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: JJ Talks Klinkers
Empire, for the sake of impartiality, could we please have Kim Newman NOT review the new ek More

Posted by Mason Verger at 16:32 on 14 November 2008 | Report This Post

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Not a huge Trekkie but why are the Romulans in this? Klingons are the most iconic Trek villains, I assumed they'd be in the foreground. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 15:57 on 14 November 2008 | Report This Post

I'm getting more and more exited about this! As with Abrams himself, I wasn't a huge fan of the series but instead grew up with the films. I've always wanted to see the klingons as enemies again and its a shame that this intriguing subplot has been taken out. Maybe we'll see Kirk taking the Kobayashi Maru test with the Klingon Battle Cruisers! More

Posted by will2921988 at 14:09 on 14 November 2008 | Report This Post

Romulans
I think what JJ means is that in the original series time frame, the Romulans had not been seen by the Federation for quite some time when they first appeared in the episode 'balence of terror'. This is why everyone is so surprised when they look just like Vulcans. However based on Eric Bana's make up it would appear that these Romulans do not look like this, which may explain how the new film avoids contradicting canon. I remain optimistic about this film and am reassured that they seem to be m More

Posted by kingy7 at 12:37 on 14 November 2008 | Report This Post

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I think Enterprise explained the smooth forehead thing, by saying that some Klingons caught a disease which, basically, made their foreheads fall off, and they were the ones which were seen in the original series, but the proper-foreheaded Klingons were still out there.    Yeah, Enterprise was not the best.     More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 11:19 on 14 November 2008 | Report This Post

I'm gonna be a bit geeky for a moment here too... If he did have Klingons in the movie, wouldn't they have smooth foreheads? Which might need a bit of explaining for newcomers. My Trek Lore is very flaky, tho, so feel free to put me right! More

Posted by britesparc at 09:55 on 14 November 2008 | Report This Post

i think he means that at this point in Star Trek history they haven't been seen. THAT COULD BE A BIT GEEKY, even for myself. lol More

Posted by Greg Andrew at 09:49 on 14 November 2008 | Report This Post

Eh?
"........Romulans the way we did. Part of the fact is that they hadn’t seen them for so many years......." Did I miss something or were Romulans at the centre of the plot in the last film??? Haven't seen a Klingon attack in a movie since The Undiscovered Country (and they were only rebels)........ More

Posted by Ledbowie at 09:16 on 14 November 2008 | Report This Post

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