Star Trek: Discovery's Klingon costumes and props are currently on display at Comic-Con in San Diego. Discovery is the first original series to appear on the CBS All Access digital streaming platform and has been making waves since casting confirmations were released. From complaints about the ship's design, to Bryan Fuller stepping down as showrunner, and various delays that pushed the premiere date back to the fall of 2017, Discovery has already been through the ringer. Despite the ruffled feathers, executive producer Alex Kurtzman has assured fans that there will be a lot of callbacks to the originals and continuity will remain intact.
Another major sticking point for Trekkies was the massive overhaul to the Klingons - both in character design and in their back-story. The updates to one of TV and cinema's most recognizable alien races were carefully constructed in the hopes of allowing room for fans to become "more invested in the characters," according to current co-showrunner Aaron Roberts. While the series is slated for a Hall H appearance on Saturday, Star Trek: Discovery is also branching out with a display at a local art gallery.
Per a first hand account from Trek Movie, Comic-Con-goers can head a few blocks away from the convention center and over to the Michael J. Wolf Fine Art Gallery to see this Klingon exhibit in person. The exhibit explains how each costume or weapon works, the class of Klingon that would wear/use it, and the artists and designers who actually built it. The exhibit allows visitors to get up a closer look at all the intricate detailing of each piece, including the complex process of 3D printing.
The placards at the gallery even provide information on the different Klingon houses and whether or not the pieces was inspired by the original series or Next Generation. Based on the photo above, the costumes worn by the actors are described as follows:
"A representation of the style worn by female members and followers of the House of T’Kuvma. (These were built piece-by-piece with hand-pressed leathers that were individually stained, painted, and molded for texture. Designed by Gersha Phillips and Suttirat Anne Larlarb, each costume take a team of ten costumers about 110 hours to create.) This gray uniform is worn by male members and followers of the House of T'Kuvma. The design pays tribute to Klingon ancestors and the path of honor walked by Kahless the Unforgettable."
Set several years before the original series, Discovery boasts quite a few differences from its predecessors. For starters, this series is helmed by a character who is not a captain, and producers aim to make a series that is a hybrid of film and TV storytelling, making for something that promises to be visually stunning and captivating. New technology, new aliens, and character redesigns feel like the series is trying to find its own unique voice in the world creator Gene Roddenberry built.
For those planning to check out the Star Trek: Discovery Klingon exhibit, it will be open to the public through the final day of Comic-Con at 363 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24 on CBS, before moving to CBS All Access for further episodes.
Source: Trek Movie