Hairless Villains Want To Change History

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Who are the bad guys in the new Star Trek movie, and what do they have against hair? Fansite TrekMovie.com has been putting together the clues and they've come up with what they feel is a convincing explanation of what alien race is about to make a comeback, what they'll look like, and what their evil masterplan is for Captain Kirk and the starship Enterprise. Potential spoilers abound under the jump.

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According to the site, the new movie will center around a Romulan plot to travel back in time and change history... somehow:

Back in February we reported that a local traffic news helicopter flew over a large rusty object which was being filmed in a parking lot around Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (we later reported that JFX got some shots of John Cho and a bald actor at that location). Initial speculation was that this object was some kind of ship, and the bald actor was a Klingon. However, TrekMovie.com has learned the object is actually a 'drilling rig' being used by the Romulans and that it is related to an attempt to destroy a planet. The practical location is just part of the larger rig that will mostly be done in CGI by ILM. the bald actor is, of course, a Romulan who Sulu (Cho) fights. Although he wasn't seen by the paparazzi, apparently Kirk (Chris Pine) will also be in that scene, but not part of the fight.

And that's not the only thing that's going to be changed this time around:

When Eric Bana showed up on the Tonight Show with a shaved head the same week he was to start shooting for Star Trek people took notice. But TrekMovie.com has learned that it isn't just Bana who has gone Kojak. According to sources close to the production, all actors playing Romulans, including Collins and even background performers, were required to shave their heads. TrekMovie.com has been told that the reason the Romulans are bald was at least partly to help distinguish them from the Vulcans. It has also been confirmed that the Romulans in the new Star Trek do NOT have the extra forehead ridges seen in the TNG era (both on film and TV).

Look, I can go with losing extra forehead ridges - those and nose attachments seemed to be the lazy shorthand for "alien race" in recent Trek, after all - but what's with making all the bad guys bald? You just know that all of the Star Fleet heroes will have luscious full heads of hair, and I for one am not going to stand up for this bigotry against the follicly challenged anymore. Just because we don't need to use shampoo doesn't make us evil, Mr. "JJ" Abrams. How dare you make such a paragon of patience and brotherhood as Gene Rodenberry's dream into a vehicle for your short-sighted pro-hair agenda. You just wait until Mother Nature catches up with you. Then you'll see what it's like.

Star Trek Villain Spoilers [TrekMovie]

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Just because two groups are taxonomically considered to be part of the same species doesn't mean that there can't be variation between groups within that species. This in fact is the norm for wide ranging species, not the exception. Two earthly examples to consider- the broad variety of dogs who are all part of the same species. Some find it hard to believe that German shepards and St. Bernards belong to the same species as poodles and chihuahua's.

And the broad variety of humans which include several different complexions, a variety of eye colors, numerous different hair colors, and different statures to enumerate some of more easily discernible phenotypes. This variation is well represented on the bridge of the Enterprise.

Flash to the imaginary fictional universe of Star Trek and it would not be completely unrealistic to have two groups separated not by a mountain range or a landmass but by star systems to be visually somewhat different as a result of allopatric speciation or founder effect or whatever evolutionary mechanism works with their particular genome.