The second season trailer for Star Trek: Discovery released two weeks ago at NYCC revealed a new look for the Klingons, confirming that they now have hair. But it was a brief glimpse. Today during the Destination Star Trek convention being held in Birmingham, UK, CBS released a new image of L’Rell, and now fans can get a better look.
Here is the new image of Klingon Chancellor L’Rell in Star Trek: Discovery season two.
The image shows a very different L’Rell from what was seen in the first season, with the addition of hair quite prominent. At New York Comic Con, Mary Chieffo explained that Klingons shave their heads in time of war and let it grow out in times of peace, explaining why all Klingons in the first season were seen without any hair. Here is what Chieffo said about Klingon hair at NYCC
You might have noticed in the trailer, there is a bit of a new aesthetic going on. [flips her hair around] And that is a really exciting addition that has been made and is inspired by Glenn Hetrick, who is our designer and a huge Trek fan himself. He was inspired by season 6, episode 23 of The Next Generation “Rightful Heir.” There is a reference when Kahless is brought back as a clone…the way he proves himself is he tells the story of how he cut off a lock of his hair and dipped it into a volcano and made the first bat’leth, with which he killed Molor, the terrible tyrant who was running Qo’noS at the time.
But, L’Rell’s look appears to have undergone more changes. The prosthetic appliances on the face and mouth seem less pronounced than they were in season one, especially when compared to the pilot episode of the first season. Also, Chancellor L’Rell has had some work done, as the scarring resulting from the firefight and escape of Tyler and Lorca (in the 5th episode of the first season) is now gone.
Say HIja’ to the dress
Also new for L’Rell: she has swapped out her House of T’Kuvma armor for a dress befitting her new status as the leader of the Klingon Empire. Chieffo also spoke about L’Rell’s season two wardrobe at NYCC:
The Chancellor aesthetic when it comes to clothes – Gersha Phillips again has outdone herself…I was wearing these boots and she was “Oh, you like heels?”…I’ve got these epic heeled boots and these gorgeous dresses and a little bit more of your classic Klingon cleavage that you all love so very much!
A close-up reveals the classic Klingon emblem on Chancellor L’Rell’s belt, no doubt part of her overall message of forging Klingon unity.
L’Rell’s new look is distinctly more feminine than her look in season one. This is something that Chieffo herself talked about as part of her character’s arc. At NYCC, she said:
I think there’s also a theme for L’Rell in the second season of embracing her femininity as she embraces her power, which I think the two can coexist. It’s not an easy road for her. There are men, specifically male Klingons, who take issue with a woman being in power.
Chieffo reveals the new look
Mary Chieffo showed off L’Rell’s new look at a panel in Birmingham on Sunday. The actress also had some fun with the reveal on social media.
New Chancellor, who dis? pic.twitter.com/4kRiZDM1Zw— Mary Chieffo (@marythechief) October 21, 2018
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else. The second season will debut on All Access and Space on Thursday, January 17th, 2019, and on Netflix January 18th.
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