Discovery’s Klingons Can Return To Star Trek In 3 Ways

Now that Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has brought back “proper” Klingons, it reduces the chances of a return for Star Trek: Discovery‘s unique version of the classic aliens. Discovery‘s Klingons were controversial when they first appeared in 2017, and have never appeared elsewhere in the Star Trek franchise. For many, the radical redesign of the Klingons was change for the sake of change and didn’t enhance the iconic aliens in any way. It even appears that Star Trek: Discovery has disowned their own Klingons since transporting to the 32nd century.


The Star Trek: Discovery variant could have been featured in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds as it takes place in the same time period, but SNW‘s season 2 premiere changed Discovery‘s Klingons instead. There’s an interesting story at the heart of Discovery‘s staunchly traditional Klingon sect that could still be explored in DIscovery‘s fifth and final season. Even if that doesn’t happen, however, there are still some other ways that Discovery‘s Klingons could appear in the wider Star Trek franchise, potentially redeeming this divisive interpretation.

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Star Trek: Discovery’s Klingons Can Return In Season 5


The most obvious place for Star Trek: Discovery‘s Klingons to return is during the show’s fifth and final season. Discovery has been vague about the status of the Klingon Empire in the 32nd Century. Therefore, it would be interesting to see how the Klingons coped with the devastating effects of the Burn, the galactic dominance of the Emerald Chain, or Species 10-C and their Dark Matter Anomaly. It’s possible that these cataclysmic events have convinced the more warlike Discovery-style Klingons to embrace the traditions of Kahless once again.

If those Klingons only returned for Star Trek: Discovery season 5, it would establish them as a Klingon variant that was unique to the show. The Kelpiens and Captain Saru (Doug Jones) are apparently exclusive to Star Trek: Discovery so their version of the Klingons could have a similar exclusivity. While season 5 will take place long after the likes of Voq and L’Rell have died, it still feels right that it shows how Discovery‘s Klingon sect fared through the rest of history.

In bringing back their own unique version of the Klingons in Star Trek: Discovery season 5 alongside TNG-style versions, it could finally establish them as another variant. There’s definitely precedent for two Klingon variants sharing the screen together. For example, Worf appeared alongside Star Trek: The Original Series Klingons in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s 30th-anniversary celebration “Trials and Tribble-ations”. A return visit to Qo’noS in Discovery season 5 could reveal the diverse range of Klingon variants that make up their 32nd-century society.

Discovery’s Klingons Can Return In Star Trek: Section 31

Star Trek Discovery Section 31

Another likely place for Star Trek: Discovery‘s Klingons to show up is in Michelle Yeoh’s upcoming Paramount+ movie. Star Trek: Section 31 will continue the story of Emperor Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and her involvement with the shadowy Starfleet intelligence organization. Georgiou was sent back in time by the Guardian of Forever during Discovery season 3, and it’s likely she was sent back to the 23rd century, allowing her to interact with the Klingons in the Section 31 movie. Not least because she threatened to detonate a nuclear bomb inside the core of the Klingon home world in Discovery season 1.

Also, Klingon-Human hybrid Commander Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) was left in charge of Section 31’s operatives at the end of Star Trek: Discovery season 2. Ash is the strongest link to Discovery‘s Klingons as the Federation emerges from the war. With Ash expected to feature in Star Trek: Section 31 it would make a good deal of sense for the story to revolve around the aftermath of both the Klingon War and Control going rogue. Ash’s unique position makes him a valuable asset in trying to understand the strategies of the Klingon Empire, and he may have some interest in Strange New Worlds‘ Klingon-Federation mining syndicate, too.

Discovery’s Klingons Can Return In Star Trek: Lower Decks

Martok in Star Trek: Lower Decks

A more left-field return for Star Trek: Discovery‘s Klingons could take place in Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4. The animated comedy series is known for its irreverent and self-referential humor, which often takes no prisoners when it comes to Star Trek‘s more questionable elements. For example, the season 3 episode “Crisis Point 2: Paradoxus” was one long joke about the Star Trek movie curse. There have also been jokes about “Last Outpost Ferengis” and J.J. Abrams’ Kelvin Timeline movies.

It wouldn’t be surprising, therefore, if Star Trek: Lower Decks did something similar with the disparate range of Klingon variants in Star Trek canon. The Klingon forehead question is a well-worn debate in Star Trek fandom, so it’s no surprise that Lower Decks has avoided it thus far. However, it’s easy to imagine Ensign Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome) encountering some “Disco Klingons” or making a wry joke about Star Trek: Discovery‘s bald Klingons at some point in the show’s future.

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