(Star Trek Magazine issue 155, p. 57) This makeup crew, called Joel Harlow Designs, sculpted and designed Romulan ear and forehead prosthetics. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 139, p. 29) Intense speculation regarding whether the Romulans would appear in the series was stirred up at the end of Season 1. Ambassador Spock attempted to prevent the supernova from striking the planet using red matter, but he was unsuccessful and Romulus was destroyed. The Romulans were devised for the episode "Balance of Terror". Many Romulans feared even expressing dissenting opinions in order to not bring the attention of the Tal Shiar. ", StarTrek.com - "Strange Relations: Romulans and Vulcans", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Romulan&oldid=997915383, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, A prototype Romulan warbird is the focus of, The Tomed Incident is the focus of David R. George III's novel, This page was last edited on 2 January 2021, at 21:34. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 137, p. 53) The Romulans had become fan favorites by the end of TNG's first season. By the time a week of filming had gone by, Bana found the new Romulan facial appearance "began to look completely normal to me, and regular humans started to look weird!" While this statement could be taken as partially humorous and not in itself indicative of hostilities between the two species, the Breen Thot's apparent condition that the Breen be given Romulus in exchange for their help in the Dominion War suggested there was some degree of unfriendly history between the two. (Star Trek Nemesis hardback ed., pp. Brannon Braga was of the opinion that, had the Romulans indeed been used, they would have become "old" and less satisfying during the relatively lengthy course of the third season arc. The Romulan ranking system is similar, in many ways, to Starfleet ranking. (TOS: "The Enterprise Incident"), Reluctance to rely on overt hostility generally led the Romulans to play a waiting game with their opponents, attempting to manipulate an adversary into breaking – or appearing to break – an agreement so as to give them a solid justification for striking. "We would very much like to do Romulans, but a) we don't know quite how yet, and b) since the new movie [Star Trek Nemesis] deals with Romulans, we want to give them some breathing room. (The Making of the Trek Films, UK ed., p. 150), The Romulans were originally to have filled the conspiratorial role that the Son'a play in Star Trek: Insurrection. Soon after their emergence from a century of isolation in the mid 2260s, they had established at least two embassies with the Federation. That did not prevent them from employing diplomacy when it suited their purposes. [6](X) In Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 23 (p. 10), he further hinted about the Romulans, "They are part of the villainy, but not in the way that some might think! ", The change to the newly invented Son'a was made "because nobody liked the idea of using the Romulans, ever," said Michael Piller. 215, 217 & 219), In the first edition of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Writer'/Directors' Guide, Gene Roddenberry declared that no stories concerning warfare with Romulans would be accepted for the new series. These similarities not only included their makeup but also stemmed to the production design of their ships, with Production Designer Herman Zimmerman saying, "The Romulans have been kind of an art deco culture and that's what you see [in Nemesis], echoes of 1930s geometry in architecture, just turned sideways." [8] It also further established the idea of a significant enmity between the Romulans and the Klingons, with the Enterprise's Klingon officer, Worf (Michael Dorn), refusing to donate blood to save the life of an injured Romulan; the scriptwriters had debated whether to include this, with Dorn initially reticent. At some point, they settled on twin planets that became known as Romulus and Remus, thereby laying the foundation of the Romulan Star Empire. Duane also depicted the Romulans as being extinct in the mirror universe novel Dark Mirror, as they chose to commit mass suicide rather than become subjects of the Terran Empire following the Battle of Cheron. In 2014, "Balance of Terror" was rated the best episode in the franchise by Io9.[1]. We’ve been talking about a complete overhaul of their look as well as their character. Duane's novels established that the exodus from Vulcan was led by S'task, a former disciple of Surak, a detail which Sherman and Schwartz followed. xvii-xviii) Logan also enthused, "I was delighted with the chance to get to play with the Romulans, and I don't think they've quite been explored enough [....] For me the Communist Chinese is a really interesting world that was never fully explored, certainly in the movies, and not even as much as I would have liked in the series, except for individual episodes. (Star Trek Magazine issue 149, p. 13) In reality, baldness of Nero and his crew was used to set the Romulans apart, physically, from the Vulcans in the movie, due to both species having slanted eyebrows and pointed ears. It was generally assumed that after the split, Romulans and Vulcans were unaware of their common ancestry until the 23rd century. Then you go to the make-up trailer, where they attach the prosthetic forehead and prosthetic ear tips and then they pile on the make-up. He also stated that this did not exempt the species from appearing in that season, in which they nevertheless ultimately did not feature. A primary advocate for this choice of villain was writer John Logan – a big fan of the species and "the lethal machinations" characteristic of the group. At the time, John Logan rhetorically asked, "Why isn't anyone using them?" Spock convinces his father the plot is a mistake, and prevents the detonation. The Romulan Republic was founded to create a more open society, but it is unclear exactly how dominant each ideology is. (Star Trek Monthly issue 17, p. 22), For Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Romulan makeup was designed and fabricated by Richard Snell, though applied by Makeup Supervisor Michael J. (The Secrets of Star Trek: Insurrection, p. 14) Regarding the prospect of including the Romulans, Piller clarified, "No-one here felt a great deal of enthusiasm for that decision." And now there are Romulan fan clubs all over the place – in Michigan, and Bakersfield, California, to name just a few." Webster continued about the Romulans, "We just made a list of the most interesting actors we could think of who could match up and hold their own in a scene with [Nero actor] Eric Bana." Admiral Jean-Luc Picard would lead a fleet of rescue ships to Romulus in an attempt to evacuate as many Romulans as possible but the rescue ships were attacked and destroyed by a group of rogue synthetic life forms during their attack on Mars. After the launch of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987, the show's writers introduced the Romulans in the final episode of the first season, "The Neutral Zone", which aired in the U.S. in May 1988. (Star Trek Nemesis hardback ed., p. xx), Although the Remans are clearly the main villainous species in Nemesis, Rick Berman was repeatedly reported as stating, in an interview on a UPN station local to Los Angeles, that the Romulans would be the major villain in the film. Despite Schneider alone being given on-screen credit for the writing of that particular episode, citation for the creator of the Romulans became somewhat muddied as the years went by. [7] In the third-season episode "The Enemy", written by David Kemper and Michael Piller and first screened in November 1989, the Enterprise-D is depicted rescuing a crashed Romulan ship. There were also indications that tension existed between the military and the Tal Shiar. 42 & 45), Romulans were one alien race which, prior to the advent of Star Trek: Voyager, had become extremely familiar elements of the Star Trek universe. (Star Trek Magazine issue 146, p. 27), Romulan prosthetics for the film Star Trek were at first arranged to be the purview of Proteus FX Makeup Effects Supervisor Barney Burman. The 2009 film Star Trek depicted the Romulan homeworld, Romulus, being destroyed by a supernova in the year 2387. The impact of Romulus' destruction forms a plot-theme in the series Star Trek: Picard. (TNG: "Unification I", "Face of the Enemy"). [2] In the episode, which is set in the year 2364, the Starfleet ship USS Enterprise-D—whose crew are the series' main protagonists—responds to the disappearance of Federation colonies along the Neutral Zone, fearing that it reflects growing Romulan activity in the region. See more ideas about Star trek, Trek, Star trek universe. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion (3rd ed., p. 60)) Nonetheless, the reappearance of the Romulans in "The Neutral Zone" proved the species had lost none of its appeal. To have your bonuses displayed here, please read thisguide. "From the very first moment they appeared on-screen," Westmore commented, "the viewer had to take them seriously, rather than seeing them as stereotyped villains with pointed ears [....] I devised a forehead that had a dip in the center, and then I hollowed out the temple area. With Picard putting Romulans front and center, as heroes and enemies, there's no better time to look at the history of the Romulan Empire. They first appeared in the series Star Trek (1966–1969). Their life signs registered distinctly enough on the scanners of the USS Enterprise in 2268 that officer Pavel Chekov was able to distinguish his crewmate Spock from the crew complement of a Romulan starship, though he did note the difficulty of the task. "I was just looking for a heavy, and in the series – to me – the Romulans seemed to be more dastardly than the Klingons. He later commented, "I thought [that] was odd after we were asked to remove the Romulans from the original story in Insurrection." Archer will have a very lethal brush with the Romulans early on." (Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages, p. 34) D.C. Fontana reckoned that Schneider basing the aliens on the pre-existing Roman civilization was the cause for the writer receiving insufficient credit for creating the Romulans. (PIC: "The Impossible Box"), Traditional Romulan homes had a false front door and their true entrance was located in the back. A total of forty main Romulan characters were created to appear in the movie, a process that started with lifecasts for each actor. They were described as "those who march beneath the Raptor's wings", a symbol later to be used in the Romulan Star Empire, and eventually departed Vulcan after losing a nuclear war called the Time of Awakening. I've always found that sort of Byzantine structure of Chinese Communism very interesting and very provocative, and lethal in a way I never found the Klingons. "He loved Paul's having endowed the enemy-Romulans with the militaristic character of the ancient Romans," wrote John D.F. (ENT: "Kir'Shara"; TOS: "Balance of Terror"), In 2387, the Romulan sun went supernova. We set up a makeup trailer for the Romulans, and Joel hired a crew of people to work on that and just did a fantastic job." (TNG: "The Neutral Zone", "Data's Day", "The Enemy") According to Miles O'Brien, there was no piece of technology in existence that the Romulans didn't claim they invented before everyone else. [4] Later in the series, this ship type would be explicitly referred to as a "warbird". "I had a forehead prosthetic that they stuck to my head," reported Donatra actress Dina Meyer. The episode, which was written by Ira Steven Behr, Robert Hewitt Wolfe, and Ronald D. Moore, featured the introduction of a new Starfleet ship, the USS Defiant; the scriptwriters included the idea that it had been equipped with a cloaking device by the Romulans in return for intelligence that the Federation gathered on another alien power, the Dominion. They haven't paid that much attention to them [in recent series]. All Romulan names are assumed to be used in RIS Bouteina. They left Vulcan and found the twin planets of Romulus and Remus; founding the Romulan Star Empire. The Romulans were conceived by freelance writer Paul Schneider and introduced in the TOS Season 1 episode \"Balance of Terror\". [1], The Romulans finally made a physical reappearance in the third season outing "The Enterprise Incident", which had the working title "The Romulan Incident". Following comments from Jeri Taylor, this was changed to become a scene aboard a holographic simulation of the brig USS Enterprise, with only the aftermath of the battle being shown. According to Garak, this fact was "altogether appropriate for such an unimaginative race." They have also appeared in the Star Trek feature films Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) and Star Trek (2009). Romulans had pointed ears, eyebrows that were arched and up-swept, and copper-based blood that appeared green when oxygenated in the arteries, or copper or rust-colored when deoxygenated in the veins. They have appeared in most subsequent Star Trek releases, including The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and Picard. "), When Neville Page designed the Romulan makeup for Star Trek: Picard, he decided to use a variety of forehead appliances, some with more prominent ridges and others with a more human appearance, closer to the look of the Romulans in Star Trek: The Original Series. The comic book Star Trek: Countdown and the video game Star Trek Online depict the lead up and the aftermath of Romulus' destruction, primarily caused by the Romulan Senate ignoring Spock's warnings about the supernova, which originated from the star of the Hobus system, and the Vulcan Science Council's refusal to lend them red matter. (TNG: "The Chase"), By the late 24th century, some Romulans believed that the story of Ganmadan predated the arrival of the ancestors of the Romulans and Vulcans on Vulcan. This film featured Romulans without the head ridges. A Cardassian embassy existed on Romulus for a time, and Elim Garak was "employed" there as a "gardener," suggesting that the two species maintained an active diplomatic relationship. [9] "The Defector" also includes a reference to the Battle of Cheron, an incident in the 22nd century Earth-Romulan War that was previously mentioned in "Balance of Terror". In keeping with their xenophobic attitudes, the Romulans tend to conquer species rather than form alliances with them, and individual Romulans tend to treat other species with varying degrees of disdain. [8], Three episodes later, in "The Defector", written by Ronald D. Moore and first screened in January 1990, a Romulan admiral is presented as seeking to defect to the Federation. (TOS: "The Enterprise Incident"), The physical differences between Romulans and Vulcans were evidenced in Dr. Beverly Crusher's failed attempt to treat a Romulan, Patahk, who had suffered advanced synaptic breakdown, with the methods used to treat Vulcans. Likewise, they named their new homeworlds ch'Rihan ("of the Declared") and ch'Havran ("of the Travelers"); the names Romulus and Remus were pinned on their worlds by the Federation exploration vessel that first entered their star system – according to Duane, those Rihannsu who learned about the names used for them by the Federation were puzzled, more than anything else, by the myth from which the names originated (twin brothers being raised and suckled by a wolf). "I did some early designs for the Romulans in my shop, but when my workload became too heavy, I hired Joel Harlow to come in and handle them. [14] Instead, the decision was made to reboot the series by creating a film using the characters of the original Star Trek series but played by new actors. "We stayed away from the forehead pieces and the radically different ears the new TV series has featured and just went with the original look." Romulan [4] The ship featured a newly designed Romulan crest, featuring a stylised bird of prey clutching two planets, Romulus and Remus, in its claws. [9], For "The Search", the opening two-part episode of the third season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, a Romulan link was introduced. The backstory [established in 'Unification'] was that they were basically the same race, yet somehow the Romulans got these different foreheads at some point." The Romulans were a humanoid race from the planet Romulus. And also they are an old and ancient race, like the Vulcans, so they have gravitas to them, which I find very interesting." (TNG: "The Neutral Zone"). [10](X), The interest in seeing the Romulans on the series of Enterprise continued, however. (PIC: "The End is the Beginning"), The Romulan heart was gray in color. In the same interview, Berman went on to outrightly dismiss the chance that Romulans could show up in the first season. (Star Trek: The Next Generation 365, p. 068), It was found that this facial feature complemented a change to the typical Romulan hairstyle that Michael Westmore wanted to introduce. Writer Paul Schneider created the Romulans for the 1966 Star Trek episode "Balance of Terror". (Star Trek: Communicator issue 145, p. 24), In fact, just prior to the release of Star Trek Nemesis, the Romulans seemed to have disappeared. [4] In 1989, AMT released a plastic kit of the vessel, alongside other kits for a Ferengi ship and a Klingon bird of prey vessel. They also appear in various other spin-off media, including books, comics, toys and games. He and his fellow crew members are allowed to return as a "fair exchange" while the Senate keeps the red matter. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 11, p. 19) Roddenberry's original concept of the Romulans, however, was that they represented 1960s' Chinese Communists. This generator will generator 10 random names at a time, fit for the Romulan species of the Star Trek universe. "Yeah, he would love to do that, and we would love to give him that chance," announced Rick Berman. While Warbirds make up the majority of the Romulan fleet, there are several non-Warbird starships available to Romulan captains. Even though the Romulan facial features on TNG had significantly evolved from those on The Original Series, the Romulans were returned to their earlier form for Star Trek VI. The need for costly actor-specific ears was negated via reusable helmets that were worn by the background Romulans. [5], After Star Trek: Nemesis proved a financial failure and Star Trek: Enterprise was cancelled, the franchise's executive producer Rick Berman and screenwriter Erik Jendresen began developing a new film entitled Star Trek: The Beginning, which was to be set during the 22nd century Earth–Romulan War. Long ago, the Romulans were Vulcans who disagreed when the Vulcan leader Surak started preaching logic and self-control. "With the Romulans, I like the plotting, too, and the honor and the irony. Reflected Jack Donner, "To a great deal they have been ignored. The newly designed Romulan ship that appeared in "The Neutral Zone" was built as a miniature model by Greg Jein. (VOY: "Message in a Bottle"; DS9: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"), Romulans were known to be inter-fertile with Humans, Klingons, and Vulcans. [17] The film's Romulans lacked the 'V'-shaped ridges on the foreheads, which had been present in all of their depictions outside the original series. We don't talk about the Romulans [....] The sparks fly when the writers bring up the Romulans." We wanted to stay close to their natural forehead, not making them look Neanderthal, but giving them a built-in sullen expression they couldn't get away from." [4], The Romulans were re-used for the second-season episode "Contagion", written by Steve Gerber and Beth Woods and first aired in March 1989. In the video game Star Trek: Encounters, the Romulans mostly play the villain role in the levels based on Star Trek: The Next Ge… Prior to the presenting of the charges, the Romulans allowed the accused a Right of Statement. Like Spock, their almond-colored faces are coldly impassive." Regarding Schneider's work on the Romulans, Fontana later said, "He defined it; he very much laid out who the Romulans were. Humanoid (DS9: "Explorers") According to Worf, Romulans tried to claim as territory all that was in their field of vision. We had a few goes at that in pre-production to get that right." (VOY: "Death Wish"), The two species remained distrustful of one another for an incredibly long time, but some Romulans grew tired of this, and a grassroots movement for reunification of the two species was active for a time on Romulus. [14](X) It was merely days later, on Tuesday 16 July 2002, that Brannon Braga finally announced the upcoming Season 2 Romulan episode, hinting, "I think I can say without getting into too much trouble that very early in the season we will have our first brush with the Romulans. Killing Time shows Romulans slightly adverse to the effects of pon farr. Created by Lee Gartrell, Scott Torwalt. Enterprise NCC-1701 under the command of Captain James T. Kirk had an unfriendly run-in with a Romulan ship. ("Balance of Terror" Starfleet Access, TOS Season 1 Blu-ray) The Romulan ears were manufactured by Wah Chang, as were the group's helmets. [2] The episode was written by Maurice Hurley, who later acknowledged rushing it, putting together a script in a day and a half. Until stardate 1709.2 when the U.S.S. Romulan in 'Star Trek: Picard' onthuld. A Romulan mining ship, the Narada, survives and travels back in time to the 23rd century; its commander, Nero (Eric Bana), is committed to destroying the planet Vulcan to punish Spock for failing to save Romulus. There is so much duplicity and mendacity and cleverness in the way the Romulans move through their world with very strategic chess moves. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 137, p. 53), The Romulans were originally meant to be the villains in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. They have appeared in most subsequent Star Trek releases, including The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and Picard. As a basis, he considered what the ancient Roman Empire might have looked like had it developed to the point of spaceflight. It's very expensive, it's time," commented Denise Okuda. The Romulan Way (Star Trek) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1987 by Diane Duane (Author) › Visit Amazon's Diane Duane Page. They have also appeared in the Star Trek feature films Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) and Star Trek(2009). (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. Romulan name generator - Star Trek . The Romulans have been purposely excluded from featuring in Star Trek: Discovery. "We have major continuity issues with them," observed Executive Producer Brannon Braga, at the end of the show's first season. If the Hobus system was a binary system, that means the Romulan Supernova was a Star Trek explosion so good, they decided to make it a double. They also appear in variou… (Star Trek - The Art of the Film, p. 37), Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci admitted that, even in the alternate reality, not all Romulans are necessarily bald. Also, in the middle of Romulan space is a territory known as the Kelomar Protectorate. [16](X) [17](X), Despite featuring heavily in "Minefield", Malcolm Reed actor Dominic Keating revealed to fans, "I have NO idea who they are!" (DS9: "Through the Looking Glass"), Due to their shared ancestry, Vulcans and Romulans possessed very similar physiology. [5] The Romulans were reused for the second-season episode "The Deadly Years" and the third-season episode "The Enterprise Incident". A description of them from further in the script stated, "They are Spock-like men, dressed in military tunics with strange emblems. Not wanting to be a spectator in what he viewed as a dereliction of duty and criminal action by Starfleet, Picard gave Starfleet a choice of either accepting his revised plan for the mission, or his resignation, in which Starfleet Command chose the latter. "We knew it wasn't allowed to use the Romulans as the 'bad guys,' so we found different way to use them," explained Bailey. The first part of Nero's plan was mostly successful as Vulcan and most of the Vulcan species was destroyed. Even though they initiated a mining operation, the Romulans encountered trouble with this upon discovering that someone was killing members of the mining team, a mysterious individual who was later discovered to be a regenerated Spock. Star Trek and all related marks, logos and characters are solely owned by CBS Studios Inc. Additionally, Piller and Rick Berman imagined that the story might be set against the threat of a new outbreak of hostilities between the two governments. (Star Trek Generations); (PIC: "Absolute Candor"), Some Romulans had two brow ridges above the bridge of their nose, forming a V-shape on the forehead, while other Romulans lacked these ridges, making them outwardly indistinguishable from Vulcans. We'll do them eventually, but not right away." (TNG: "Face of the Enemy"), Romulan society was based upon a highly structured caste system. "The idea that the attacking aliens would be Romulans came out a little later, during the story break process," Brannon Braga recollected. Big shoulder pads, the quilting, I just loathed it. The Romulans initially suspected the Federation had executed the attack but it was later learned that the Borg may have been responsible. They were a passionate people, easily moved to extreme emotions. (TOS: "Return to Tomorrow") In 2369, evidence was discovered that several species including the Romulans, and therefore also the Vulcans, trace back to DNA seeded on many planets by ancient humanoids billions of years ago. The two powers once fought in a war that lasted a hundred years which was ignited due to a misunderstanding created by one of Q's self-destructive stunts. In the Vulcan's Soul trilogy, the Romulans' ancestors left Vulcan as a contingency plan approved by Surak, should the wars on Vulcan have completely destroyed their civilization. [11](X) [12](X) Responding to the news, André Bormanis remarked, "If that's the case, I'm looking forward to it." Ridges were a trait associated with Northerners. See search results for this author. Star Trek Online [edit | edit source] In 2409, the Romulan Republic arose when a group of Romulans and Remans banded together to oppose the oppressive Romulan Star Empire. However, other sources may have another name for a rank, in … I think the technology of their ship, though, was too sophisticated for Romulans in this era, so that argued against making them Romulans too." The Romulan Star Empire formed after a group of Vulcans left the Vulcan homeworld and resettled on Romulus in the 3rd century.. Unlike most of the highly evolved species in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, Romulans still practiced slavery, in this case of the Remans, which they used for slave labor and as shock troops. 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