Thanks to my job in television back in the day, I got to see every episode of ‘Star Trek: Deep Space 9’, including the one that brought back Original Series Klingons Kor, Kang and Koloth as elder statesmen.  It was a nice touch, save for one thing: The makeup artists put them in the modern ridgy makeup, even though they clearly did NOT have ridges back in the 23rd Century.  I am personally aware of at least three explanations for this, none of which are particularly satisfying, and none of which address the aesthetic aspects of it.  To Ridge or Not To Ridge, that is the question, leading us to today’s Qo’noSian query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) hasn’t experienced Star Trek: Discovery Klingons yet, but I’m pretty sure they still have the crab skull, asking: On the subject of Klingons: To Ridge or Not To Ridge?


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    I’m a ridge guy, Next Generation was the first Star Trek I saw as it came out, so Worf style is “my” Klingon of choice.

  2. I grew up watching the original Star Trek. The original Klingons were good, the new are better. The actors who played the TOS Klingons look fantastic as Next Gen Klingons.

  3. I like both the TOS and TNG-onward styles. I particularly enjoyed seeing some of the ridge-less Klingons in full-on ridged mode in DS9.

    I didn’t even mind the Kelvin timeline (the new TOS-inspired films) Klingons since they still looked relatively close to the TNG-onward Klingons.

    Not crazy about Discovery Klingons, though.

  4. What Discovery did to Klingons makes both sides of this argument preferable.

    Personally, though, I bought into Enterprise’s attempt to canonically explain the differences in Klingon appearance in the 23rd & 24th centuries, (Which Discovery threw out with the bath water by changing them yet again) so I’m fine with either, depending on the setting.

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