EXCLUSIVE: Neville Page And Glenn Hetrick Talk Designs For Different ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Klingon Houses

At the Hollywood blue carpet premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, TrekMovie had a chance to speak with Face/Off judges and Star Trek: Discovery creature designers Neville Page and Glenn Hetrick, mostly about Klingons. The full video interview and highlights are below.

Those bald Klingons

There have been some fans wondering if all the Klingons on Star Trek: Discovery are bald or if they are just holding back the ones with the more traditional hairband style. The pair of designers clarified, but left some wiggle room saying:

Page: “In this iteration that is correct. No hair.”

Hetrick: “For now.”

L’Rell (Mary Chieff), T’Kuvma (Chris Obi) and all the other the Klingons in Discovery are bald

Different looks for different Houses

While all the Klingons are bald, Hetrick confirmed that the makeup changes from house to house, noting:

Hetrick: “People are only getting glimpses of certain things. What you’ll realize once the show starts to unpack is we’re dealing with very specific houses. And in dealing with those houses, we made a very conscious decision. One of our goals at the beginning of the show when they said, “What would you guys like to see and what do you want to do?”… It ended up being like a 20 page document or something … Why if the Klingons existed in an empire of worlds, and if we exist on one world and the culture patina of our different continents and our very short history, has left us with such varied architecture and wardrobe and music and art, why wouldn’t they be more varied? They’ve grown up on literally different planets. So what you’re seeing so far is some houses of the Klingon Empire.”

Hetrick further expounded on how different the houses will appear from each other.

Hetrick: “They should all look very different. They all will have very different histories and we’ll get into that as we go and they’ll be more of it as we go. Everyone should keep in mind when you’re looking at the Klingons you’re getting little bits of certain houses so far.”

Hetrick also confirmed how many houses in the first season.

Hetrick: “What we can talk about thus far you’ll be seeing about five early on…You’ll see a couple fairly early on. I think it is one of the things we are going to explore in greater and greater depth as we go.”

Kol (Kenneth Mitchell) is from the House of Kor

Visiting Saru’s homeworld?

Page and Hetrick have spoken at length about designing the look for Doug Jones’ character Saru, who is Kelpian. One of the distinguishing characteristics of this new Star Trek species is they come from a world where they are the prey species. When asked if he has designed the corresponding predator species from Saru’s homeworld, Page said:  

Page: “Well, I have it in my head. I certainly have ideas. But there’s a lot of stuff – as Glenn said, as things are being unpacked – there’s a lot of world building that we’re still doing. So when we can we’ll be sharing that.”

Saru (Doug Jones) is a Kelpian

More to come from Hollywood premiere


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Doug Jones On Saru And Burnham Fighting Over The Captain’s Chair In ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

Mary Chieffo Talks L’Rell And Klingon Episodes Of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

Ted Sullivan On Canon Challenge Of Fitting ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Between ‘Enterprise’ and TOS

Sonequa Martin-Green On ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Captain’s Chair And Nichelle Nichols Blessing

TrekMovie has more interviews with Discovery cast and crew. These will be posted over the next few days so stay tuned.


Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS with all subsequent episodes on CBS All Access in the US.  In Canada Star Trek: Discovery will premiere  on Bell Media’s CTV and the Space Channel on the same night. Netflix will launch Star Trek: Discovery on Monday, September 25 to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

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