From the desk of W. J. Onufer…
A random thought-
Star Trek Discovery will have Klingons that look quite different than what we’re used to. And some people aren’t too crazy about that. I’m one of them, but not for the reason everyone else is.
If the appearance of Klingons is altered, why not alter the Vulcans as well? In fact, why not leave the Klingons as they are and make that change in the Vulcans-only?
Klingons are loud and in your face. There’s no subltey to them. It’s quite obvious that they’re a warrior race. Altering their appearance doesn’t do anything to better define who they are.
And don’t tell me that there’s some new fangled religious subtext in the new Klingons. I’m not buying it. If anything in the way of religion is introduced and it’s not based on Kahless, they lose me as viewed. I’m open to stories that may tread on territory that takes a few tentative steps that goes beyond canon, but not to stories that blatantly ignore canon.
In either case, why alter the appearance of the Klingons when altering the appearance of the Vulcans would be much more interesting? Think about it. Vulcans look entirely too Human. Base on what they look like, can any of us really say that we think of them as aliens? We tend not to. At best, they’re alien-ish. Humans 2.0.
But the fact is, Vulcans are aliens. Unlike the Klingons, Vulcans are mysterious and enigmatic. What you see is not necessarily what you get. There is nothing obvious about them. They’re quite subtle. If any change has to be make, why not change the look of the Vulcans to emphasize a more alien other-ness? Bring out that they are not-Human. Challenge the viewer to re-examine the riddle that they’re a race, with a Zen-like calm that’s based, not on any religion, but on pure, dispassionate logic.
What would that look like? I only have a few ambiguous ideas on that. But a more alien-looking Vulcans would better serve as inspiration for interesting stories.
A different-looking Klingons does no such thing.