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It's rare that the MTV Movie Awards gives us anything worthwhile, and for the most part that holds true for this year's broadcast. However, one particular moment during the show has stirred up a great deal of geek buzz regarding J.J. Abrams' upcoming 'Star Trek' sequel. During a skit in which the popularity of archery in film is examined, (sure, why not), Abrams himself appeared to lend his comedic two cents to the overarching joke. On a monitor behind him was an image that looked, to many people, to be a Klingon warrior. It was later confirmed by Hitfix, from their source at the studio, that the image was in fact of a Klingon and it was from 'Star Trek 2.' Still unsure as to exactly how they will figure into the plot, but this does at least seem to be concrete evidence that they will appear in the film.
I hesitated to report on this for two reasons. First, it seemed like a far-fetched conspiracy theory. "Oh look, that vague, blurry image behind Abrams during the MTV Movie Awards proves there will be Klingons in 'Star Trek 2'" sounded precisely like internet bullcrap. Also, and I've now looked at it several times, I don't see a Klingon in this image. To me, it looked more like a Cobra footsoldier than a member of the 'Star Trek' universe's classic villainous race. But the studio confirmation seems like a pretty airtight endorsement of the validity of the image. So now the question becomes, where will the Klingons factor into the story? We already know that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the chief villain in the film and we've seen set photos of him wherein he looks neither like the old school 'Star Trek: TOS' Klingons nor the later, more sinister-looking version. Will the Klingons be the grunts carrying out Cumberbatch's evil designs? Will they be a standalone secondary threat? What do you guys think?
Do you believe the studio source that this is indeed a Klingon? If so, how do you think they'll factor into the plot?