We’re in fact referring to the D7 class battle cruiser, the commonest and recognizable of Klingon starship designs (alongside the Fowl of Prey in fact). This ship design appeared as a inexperienced holographic projection within the Star Trek Discovery season 2 trailer performed in the course of the CBS All Entry panel at New York Comedian Con.
Given how the opposite Klingon ships, and positively the Klingons themselves, have regarded so vastly completely different than their authentic collection and TNG counterparts in Star Trek Discovery season 1, this intentional reveal stands out as notably attention-grabbing.
Bryan Fuller, the unique Discovery showrunner who left over inventive variations, had Klingons wanting and being completely different as a part of his authentic pitch, however some believed a part of their drastically completely different look – not simply in look, however of their costumes and starship designs – might be as a consequence of rights points. Paramount Footage, as an example, owns the movie rights and its related designs.
But when this cruiser pictured within the NYCC 2018 sizzle reel is something to go by, there would not appear to be any rights points. What’s notably attention-grabbing about this particular design is that it would not simply belong to the Klingons. In Star Trek: The Unique Sequence, Romulans used the identical ship design in season 3. It was written off with a single line of dialogue from Spock, that the Romulans are utilizing Klingon designs, however the reasoning wasn’t given (a minimum of, in what aired on TV).
Behind-the-scenes, this reportedly occurred due to some union problem and the unique mannequin designer of the primary Romulan ship, Wah Chang, who made the Fowl of Prey which appeared within the season 1 episode “Stability of Terror”, destroyed it. So in season 3, when the Romulans returned in “The Enterprise Incident” they impulsively had D7 cruisers as a substitute. Another excuse some imagine is that this was in an effort to point out off new mannequin kits that had been additionally being merchandised.
Facet-note: For you Trek geeks, the remastered model of Star Trek: The Unique Sequence really brings again a number of Romulan Birds of Prey for the house pictures in “The Enterprise Incident” but additionally leaves a D7 cruiser as to not break canon, however to make it really feel extra true to the unique Romulan vessel:
The in-canon cause was that the Klingons and Romulans had an trade of expertise, with the Romulans getting some some a lot wanted warships, and the Klingons getting the notorious cloaking expertise – that we later see utilized by Klingon ships within the movies and TNG period.
That is all to say, that Star Trek Discovery season 2 is bridging nearer to established canon. The Klingons will have hair now, and as we realized on the NYCC panel, that is as a result of they develop their hair out throughout peace time, and go bald throughout wars. And there can be a minimum of one D7 type ship which might be Klingon, or maybe we’ll meet the Romulans. Or possibly there’s an excellent bigger twist that connects to a different universe/timeline.