Voq testifies before the Klingon Resources Council

Deleted Star Trek: Discovery scene shows another side to everyone’s favorite warrior race

… behind blue eyes.

Don’t worry and please don’t arrest me: this isn’t a leak. It does, however, contain some spoilers for the second episode of Star Trek: Discovery.

Kontext is King, so you should know that the deleted scene that follows was supposed to come after this one.

INT. KLINGON RESOURCES COUNCIL — NIGHT

VOQ sits before three members of the Klingon Resources Council- KRAQ, FLAP and SCHNAPS. This is their Benghazi.

Kraq
Voq, Son of None, Torchbearer of the House of T’Kuvma. Thank you for agreeing to testify before the Klingon Human Resources Council at such short notice.

VOQ says nothing, but from the expression on his big white face we can tell he smells bureaucracy, and he doesn’t like it.

Kraq
The great warrior, T’Kuvma, is a martyr. He has been welcomed by our ancestors to their Black Fleet. He united the Klingon houses and his life will be remembered forever.

The audience behind VOQ agree with this sentiment.

Kraq
(nervously clears his throat)
However, if we are to fight this war effectively we need to learn what we can from his demise. Voq, you are the only witness to his death. Please describe what happened on that day. What were you doing when the Federation scum boarded our vessel?
Voq
I was lurking in the wings of the Great Hall, as is customary for the Torchbearer.

KRAQ nods.

Flap 
You were alone?

VOQ folds his arms.

Voq
Yes.
Flap
You are under oath…

This causes a stirring in the audience.

Voq
I was with T’Kuvma.
Flap
And what were you doing?
Kraq
Flap, I don’t see why this is-
Voq
We were playing a game.
Flap
What sort of game?
Voq
… We used to play a game sometimes where I pretend to be his mirror and I have to do whatever he does …

More commotion in the audience.

Kraq
Silence! 
(shifts uneasily in his seat)
We do not speak of games at the Klingon Resources Council! When you attacked the humans, you had hold of the one that killed T’Kuvma, did you not?
Voq
I did.
Flap
Then why does she yet live?

Murmurings.

Voq
I tried to squeeze her head, to crush it in my hands.
Flap
You had her in your grip?
Voq
Yes, but she poked me in the eye.
Flap
You let go of a head squeeze because she ‘poked you in the eye?’
Voq
… Yes.

Gasps from the audience.

Voq
Her skull was surprisingly strong ... It housed many thoughts!
Schnaps
(leans back in his chair)
Sounds like one of those nightmares when you’re trying to punch someone, but it’s not hurting them at all. Then they just start laughing at you. Do you ever get those?

SCHNAPS looks around for approval. The other council members avoid eye contact.

Kraq
No, Schnaps, we do not. We are warriors! We dream of honor, of fighting. Of piercing the hearts of our enemies, as T’Kuvma did with the Starfleet Captain.
Flap
But then he was killed by the other one. Shot in the back because Voq relinquished his head squeeze! Have we forgotten that when Voq was chosen as torchbearer he burnt his fist in the fires of a brazier to show his devotion to T’Kuvma’s cause? Yet he allows our brother to be killed because of a poke in the eye! Blasphemy!

Now the audience are really talking. KRAQ bangs his hand on the table in an attempt to maintain order, but to no avail.

Voq
(looks around in desperation)
I have sensitive eyes!

Everyone falls silent.

Voq
(starts to tear up)
It’s to do with my skin condition. I’ve always had it.
Kraq
(awkward)
OK, now, Voq …

VOQ bursts into tears.

Kraq
(standing up)
OK, everyone, that’s enough for today! As you can see, Voq’s eye condition is playing up again. Back to battle stations!

Some members of the audience get up and start slowly filing away. Others remain fixed to their seats, staring at the sobbing VOQ.

Kraq
Come on!
(claps)
There’s a war on, you know!

Originally this scene was supposed to initiate a subplot in which Voq would challenge Flap to a duel for making him cry. It was cut because the producers didn’t want to humanise Voq too much, which makes complete sense when you think about it, because he’s a Klingon.

Schnaps is getting his own spin-off series which is scheduled to start filming in early 2018.