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List of personnel who inhabited Rura Penthe penal colony, including prison personnel and their prisoners.

Named Edit

22nd century
23rd century

Unnamed personnel Edit

Commandant Edit

Klingon commandant, William Morgan Sheppard

Prison commandant

This commandant was a Klingon of short stature, who was in charge of the penal colony on Rura Penthe in 2293. He welcomed the new prisoners to the colony, including James T. Kirk and Leonard McCoy, and demonstrated to them the consequences of failing to comply with the rules – death.

It was later revealed to Kirk and McCoy that the commandant was part of the Khitomer conspiracy and was ordered by General Chang to allow them to make an escape attempt so they would appear to have been killed while trying to escape. The commandant captured them escaping as planned, and was about to tell them who wanted them killed before executing them, when they were beamed aboard the USS Enterprise-A.

He later contacted Chang, notifying him of their escape, forcing Chang to proceed to Khitomer to intercept any unwelcome guests. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

The commandant was played by actor W. Morgan Sheppard. His costume was later sold off at the It's A Wrap! sale and auction. [1]
In the various instances of creating his designs, makeup artist Richard Snell often took it upon himself to establish a backstory for his creations, as he often found the actor fulfilling the role inquiring about why the character's look is a certain way. In this instance the backstory he created for the commandant's was "–you're basically no good anymore to [the Empire] as a true fighter, maybe as a strategist. Now you have this horrible disfiguring scar and even though it's debilitating, you're making it work for you. We're going to make it ooze a little and you're going to use it over your prisoners as a psychological tool because you're using your mind." Snell continues, "I went into a great deal of character development for all the characters I did. The commandant is a little Napoleon. He rules with an iron fist. But in Klingon life, small people don't usually get ahead. Klingons are a huge race, particularly the ones that were used on the ice planet. We used even bigger than normal Klingons; these were the baddest of the bad. These were the guards at the worst prison in the galaxy, holding onto prisoners that were alien and all sort of different capabilities. They were absolutely gigantic, yet their commandant was half their size. How did a man like that get to be in that kind of power and respect given their background? So in terms of makeup, we put a huge scar through his eye and blended off the prosthetic down below the eye. It's a dead eye oozing stuff, and it's just kind of creepy to look at. In my mind, this character knows it. He knows that's it's difficult to look at an eye that has seepage and he puts it right in your face as a psychological tool." (Charting the Undiscovered Country: The Making of Trek VI, p. 92-93)
The Star Trek Customizable Card Game gives his name as Koth. In the IDW comic Star Trek: Nero, Koth was already the commandant at Rura Penthe – and had lost his eye – when Nero was imprisoned there in 2233, and commanded the fleet of 47 ships destroyed by the Narada.


Guard 1 Edit

Klingon guard, Danny Kolker

A Klingon guard on Rura Penthe

This Klingon was a prison guard at Rura Penthe in 2152. He used a pain stick on Kolos. Archer attacked him and used the pain stick on him. After subduing Archer, he threatened to have Archer spend the night on the surface where no one survives. (ENT: "Judgment")

This Klingon was played by Danny Kolker.


Guard 2 Edit

Klingon guard, Michael Papajohn

A Klingon guard on Rura Penthe

This Klingon was a prison guard on Rura Penthe in 2152. He shocked Jonathan Archer with a painstik after Archer had attacked another guard that had shocked Kolos. (ENT: "Judgment")

This Klingon was played by uncredited stunt actor Michael Papajohn. [2]


Guards 3, 4, 5 and 6 Edit

This Klingon was a prison guard on Rura Penthe in 2152 when Jonathan Archer was imprisoned for crimes against the Klingon Empire. (ENT: "Judgment")

These guards were played by Joe Billington, Sean Dye, Juan Mabson and John Reyes. According to the costumer's tags, Dye was "Guard #14" and Reyes was "Guard #11". [3][4]


Guard 7 Edit

Klingon mine guard rura penthe

A Klingon guard

This Klingon prison guard was guarding the mines at Rura Penthe in 2293, when Kirk, McCoy and Martia escaped to the surface. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

He was played by an Claude Nemeth. According to the costumer's tag, he was identified as "Guard #7".[5]


Guards 8, 9 and 10 Edit

These three Klingon prison guards were present in the mines of Rura Penthe in 2293. They were eating and drinking at a table while the prisoners were working. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

They were played by unknown performers.


Unnamed prisoners Edit

Aliens Edit

These aliens were prisoners at Rura Penthe in 2293, when Kirk and McCoy were incarcerated there. Many wore furs to remain warm. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

All were played by unknown performers.

Alien behemoth Edit

Behemoth alien, John Bloom

Behemoth Alien

This humanoid was noticeably taller and stronger than most. He was incarcerated at Rura Penthe in 2293 and was an acquaintance of Martia. When Captain James Kirk and Doctor Leonard McCoy first arrived at the prison the Behemoth alien seized Kirk, picking him up above head-level and demanding both his "allegiance to the Brotherhood of Aliens" and his coat. Kirk was unable to understand him as his universal translator had been confiscated. The behemoth later backed off at Martia's insistence and Kirk was allowed to keep his outerwear. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

This behemoth alien was played by John Bloom.


Feline alien 1 Edit

Feline Alien Prisoner, Star Trek The Undiscovered Country

Feline alien

A green feline alien was a prisoner at Rura Penthe in 2293. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Played by an unknown performer.


Feline alien 2 Edit

Rura Penthe Felinoid

Felinoid Alien

This alien of a second feline species was a prisoner on Rura Penthe at the same time as Dr. McCoy and Captain Kirk. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Played by an unknown performer.


Horned alien Edit

Horned alien, Dennis Ott

Knee Jerk Alien

This humanoid with blue, scaly skin and horns of varying size protruding from his head was imprisoned by the Klingons at Rura Penthe.

In 2293, he started a fight with Captain James Kirk, who was able to incapacitate the alien with a kick to both knees, Martia pointed out "not everyone keeps their genitals in the same place." As a gesture of truce, Kirk tells Dr. McCoy to help the creature recover so there won't be any lingering hard feelings. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

This alien was played by an uncredited Dennis Ott. His scene was cut from the version of the film aired for television.
To create the distinguishing changes in his skin color, "Ed French employed fluorescent makeup so ultraviolet light could trigger changes in coloration. This required the assistance of technicians from the Wildfire company," who used the same technique originally used for the Tarchannen III species in TNG: "Identity Crisis". "Nicholas Meyer learned the possibilities of the effects and suggested they increase the intensity of the ultraviolet light to communicate pain." It was also indicated that this was "an alien bully who has lost more fights than he's won" [...] as "was indicated by having the creature's horns look squashed." (Trek: The Unauthorized Story of the Movies, p. 176)
A portion of the costume, on which the costumer's tag read "Knee Jerk Alien", was sold off at the It's A Wrap! sale and auction. [6]


Humanoid 1 Edit

Frozen prisoner on Rura Penthe

A frozen prisoner

This prisoner was brought to the surface of Rura Penthe to demonstrate that no one could survive on the surface. He was barely clothed and frozen within minutes. The commandant told the arriving prisoners including James T. Kirk and Leonard McCoy that they should work well and they would be treated well and if they would work bad they would die. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

This prisoner was portrayed by actor Douglas Engalla.
Although he looks Human it may also be possible that he is a member of an alien species; the film's script refers to the prisoner as a "Screaming Klingon convict."


Humanoids Edit

These humanoids were prisoners at Rura Penthe in 2293. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

These individuals were played by unknown performers.
They are either Humans or humanoids from unknown species.


Humanoid 12 and 13Edit

These two individuals were imprisoned in Rura Penthe in 2293. They volunteered for work in the mines, along with Kirk, McCoy and Martia. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

They were played by unknown performers.
They are either humanoids from an unknown race, or Humans.


Insectoid Edit

Rura Penthe Colorful Insectoid

Insectoid Prisoner

This colorful insectoid alien was a prisoner on Rura Penthe at the same time as Dr. McCoy and Captain Kirk. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Played by an unknown performer.


Klingon 1 Edit

Klingon Rura Penthe Prisoner 1

A Klingon prisoner

This Klingon was a prisoner on Rura Penthe in 2152. He was present in a mine when Jonathan Archer and his advocate Kolos were brought into the prison. (ENT: "Judgment")

This Klingon was played by regular extra Dieter Hornemann who received no on-screen credit.


Klingon 2 Edit

Ragged klingon rura penthe

A Klingon prisoner

This old Klingon, wearing rags was a prisoner on Rura Penthe in 2293, when Kirk and McCoy were also imprisoned there. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

He was played by an unknown performer.


Klingon 3 Edit

Tall klingon rura penthe

A Klingon prisoner

This Klingon was a prisoner on Rura Penthe in 2293, when Kirk and McCoy were also imprisoned there. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

He was played by an unknown performer.


Klingon 4 and 5 Edit

These two Klingon prisoners were imprisoned in Rura Penthe in 2293. They volunteered for work in the mines, along with Kirk, McCoy and Martia. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

They were played by unknown performers.


Klingon 6 Edit

Klingon prisoner frozen

A frozen Klingon prisoner

This prisoner froze to death on the surface of Rura Penthe, when he was brought to the surface as punishment in 2293. His corpse was seen by Kirk, McCoy and Maria when they escaped the prison camp. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

The frozen Klingon was a dummy made to resemble makeup artist Edward French. French attached a Klingon headpiece to his own head and made a cast of himself with a tortured expression on his face as the foundation the prisoner's appearance. (Cinefex 49, February 1992, p. 44)


Background information Edit

Klingons yell for Nero

Klingons bring in Nero for interrogation

Victor Garber Klingon makeup

The Klingon interrogator

Klingon interrogator

The Klingon interrogator

The individuals present at the Klingon prison where, in Star Trek VI, Kirk and McCoy are detained were originally to have included some characters they had met previously, in Star Trek: The Original Series and the first five Star Trek films. (The Making of the Trek Films, p. 106)

In deleted scenes from Star Trek, Klingons captured the Narada after the USS Kelvin crashed into it and imprisoned Nero for the next twenty-five years. These Klingon guards wore helmets and thick coats, which costume designer Michael Kaplan respectively modeled on a horseshoe crab and elephant and rhino skin. J.J. Abrams said the masks allowed them to avoid selecting Klingons that did or did not have the augment virus. According to him and the producers on the audio commentary for the deleted scenes, the Klingons come up to Nero in large numbers and throw him a chain to cuff himself because they're actually scared of him.

The Klingons in the deleted scenes were portrayed by Victor Garber, who played the interrogator, stuntman T.J. Storm, and background actors Terryl Daluz, Brandon Stacy, Scott Trimble, and James D. Weston II.

The deleted scene also included many extras, including creatures that were homages to the Gorn and the M-113 creature.

FourSquareEdit

FourSquare

Played by Tommy Germanovich

In a deleted scene, an alien named "4-Square" (who was named because he had four eyes) had kept papers of Nero's plans in his cell and was interrogated by the guards after when they found them in his cell.

This alien was given the name Quocch (β) in the Nero, Number Two comic book.


Klingon GuardsEdit

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