How many “Star Trek” fans had “Klingons break into a pop song and dance number” on their weekly “Strange New Worlds” bingo card? Well, you probably should’ve, because this is a show that’s proven that there’s simply no limit to its creativity. In an interview with CinemaBlend, the director tasked with pulling off this musical feat, Dermott Downs (whom /Film’s Jacob Hall recently interviewed, as well), opened up about the creative team’s brief moment of self-doubt about whether this Klingon scene ought to stay in the final cut:
“…there were a couple of people that were nervous that we were jumping the shark with that by having a Klingon do K-Pop. Even shooting it, we were like, ‘Come on, there’s no other way.’ I mean, we’re at the pinnacle of this battle of the bands basically as we’re trying to fight this anomaly with music. So if we have to come together as one, this was kind of the crescendo. You wanted to go that extra step. So, ultimately, everybody saw the reason in that.”
Yes, I know there’s a disgruntled portion of the “Trek” population out there who’ll swear up and down that the Klingons should’ve been singing classic Klingon opera, but that feels a little shortsighted to me. Just like humanity contains multitudes, Klingons aren’t a monolith either! Worf might’ve been an avid opera aficionado, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to be. And given the upbeat and peppy nature of the final song, titled “We Are One,” I’d have to side with Downs that there was simply no other option here. Go big or go home! Thankfully, the “Strange New Worlds” team chose the former and aimed for the stars with “Subspace Rhapsody.”
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