Star Trek makeups: various Klingon characters

Star Trek: various Klingons

The Klingons have come a long way from their first appearance in the original Star Trek back in the 1960s. They might be fierce (if not vicious) but they have neither the down-right nastiness of the Cardassians or the untrustworthiness of the Romulans.

Michael Westmore was the makeup designer and supervisor for The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.

The Klingon characters

Beam Me Up – Die große Star Trek Show (2009: There have been lots of Star Trek spoofs but this German show featured a pretty good Klingon (Sonya Kraus). Johanna Koch (White Rabbit FX) was responsible for the makeup effects.

Miral Paris (Voyager, 2000): Miral Paris (Lisa LoCicero) was the daughter of Voyager crew-members Tom Paris and B’Elanna Torres and was named in honour of B’Elanna’s mother Miral. In the series finale of Star Trek: Voyager, set in an alternate twenty-fifth century timeline where it had taken Voyager twenty-three years to get home, Miral Paris had become a Starfleet ensign and was sent on a mission by Admiral Kathryn Janeway, who may have been her godmother, to negotiate an exchange with Korath.

Tavana (Deep Space Nine, 1996): In the Deep Space Nine episode ‘Soldiers of the Empire’ Tavana (Sandra Nelson) was an engineering officer on the IKS Rotarran; she was also the par’Mach’kai of her shipmate Ortakin and became a friend of Jadzia Dax. After Martok took over as commander of the Rotarran the previously demoralised crew were revitalised and the Rotarran became Martok’s flagship.

Dr Kurak (The Next Generation, 1995): In The Next Generation episode ‘Suspicions’ Dr Kurak (Tricia O’Neil), a warp field specialist from the Klingon homeworld with a typically-Klingon attitude problem, was suspected of being a saboteur and murderer; she was eventually cleared when the real murderer confessed. Tricia O’Neil later appeared as the Cardassian Korinas in the Deep Space Nine episode ‘Defiant’.