Many things from Star Trek have become familiar even to those with little or no knowledge of the show. The Enterprise, Spock, and the Vulcan hand salute are a few examples. When it comes to aliens, the Klingons are one of the most recognized. A staple of the franchise since the first season of The Original Series, these natives of Qo’noS have seen their culture, history, and politics revealed through half a century of stories. The Klingon language, developed by linguist Marc Okrand, has even gained an academic following and can be learned and used just like any earthly one.
In this episode of The Edge, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala and Aaron Harvey are joined by Richard Marquez and Tim Robertson for a general discussion of the Klingons, including how their design has changed over the past 50 years, how their culture has evolved, why they are a favorite of cosplayers, and what we think we can expect from them in Star Trek: Discovery.
Klingon Controversy (00:03:16)
TOS and TAS (00:04:35)
Films and TNG (00:11:57)
Discovery (00:21:30) Comments (00:29:00)
Final Thoughts (00:38:19)
Brandon-Shea Mutala and Aaron Harvey
Richard Marquez and Tim Robertson
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Lisa Slack (Associate Producer) Tom Puleo (Associate Producer) Shoaib Mirza (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Themes. We discuss being caught between two worlds, conservation, fate vs. self-destiny, and the needs of the many vs. the needs of the few-or the one-and how we see all of these in our personal lives.
Molor. We deep-dive into “Will You Take My Hand?” to examine why expectations are key to fan reaction. We also explore Betazed, Ceti eels, darseks, and Kahless’s rival Molor.
Fan Predictions for Discovery Season Two. We discuss potential plots, whether the Klingons or the Vulcans should take the lead, and the many character-development possibilities.
Hanelle M. Culpepper Interview. We’re joined by Hanelle M. Culpepper, director of the Star Trek: Discovery episode “Vaulting Ambition,” to talk about her film work, directing philosophy, and more.
Fan Response to Season One. We discuss all the feedback we’ve received from listeners of The Edge about the full season of Discovery—both positive and negative!
Will You Take My Hand? We discuss the season-one finale of Star Trek: Discovery, Clint Howard, and predictions for season two.
Fan Response to “Will You Take My Hand?” We discuss all the feedback we’ve received from listeners of The Edge—both positive and negative!
Commentary Track. Mike Schindler is joined by Max Hegel to bring you a commentary for the first-season finale of Star Trek: Discovery, “Will You Take My Hand?”.
Live Reaction Show: Will You Take My Hand? Join us for immediate reactions to the first-season finale of Star Trek: Discovery!
Starbases and the USS Saratoga. We deep-dive into “The War Without, The War Within” and explore past appearances by some of the ships and bases that have been destroyed in the war.