Throughout Star Trek’s 47 year history, all of the television series and movies have revolved around Starfleet characters, espousing (and sometimes subverting) the ideals of the United Federation of Planets. With a brand new game and movie on the way, plus word that Paramount might be looking at making another Trek show, the Starfleet adventure buffet just got a whole lot bigger.

But who said that Trek had to be about Starfleet all the time? There’s a perfect alternative, one that’s been in Trek from the beginning, has a name the public remembers and a strong, loyal fanbase: the Klingons. After 47 years of appearances in every Trek show and being mentioned or seen in every film, these sometimes not-so-honourable warriors deserve their time in the center chair. And what better way to do it than in the medium Trek has only explored once – animation?

Here’s 4 reasons why the next Star Trek should be an animated Klingon adventure.



4. We’ve Only Seen Glimpses Of The Empire

While the Klingons have gotten a whole lot of screen time thanks to TNG and DS9 regular Worf, we really don’t know all that much about the Empire from the shows and movies (Trek tie-in material is an entirely different story). Kirk and Picard cruising around gave us plenty of chances to see the Federation and its worlds, as did DS9 and Enterprise. Why not give the Klingons the same opportunity, especially when all we’ve seen of their empire is the Klingon homeworld, Qo’nos (pronounced Kronos), a military planet, and a colony or two?

What an animated Klingon series brings to the table is the ability to show more stuff with less money, which is a plus for a TV show. Not only that, but creating all sorts of crazy planets and aliens is way easier to do when you work with 2D drawings or non-photorealistic, stylized CGI (like Pixar films, Tron: Uprising, and Transformers Prime). When you don’t have to build elaborate sets, animatronics, or whip up complicated make-up applications on a weekly basis, the sky’s the limit for the alien vistas and creatures a new Trek series could give us.

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This article was first posted on January 17, 2013