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Why The Romulans Were Bald In The J.J. Abrams Movies

Before the 2009 film’s release, IDW Publishing released a four-issue comic book series called “Star Trek: Countdown,” exploring the events that led Nero to get his revenge on the original Spock (Leonard Nimoy). As explained in “Star Trek,” Nero’s blind rage for the legendary Vulcan is born out of the destruction of Romulus, for which he holds Spock responsible. As captain of the mining vessel, the Narada, Nero and the rest of his crew shaved their heads and inked themselves as a sign of mourning for losing their home planet.

As explained in “Star Trek: Countdown #3,” a Romulan tradition during a time of loss saw mourners paint symbols onto their skin, and their gradual fading would signify the passing of the sorrow felt as their own life carried on without those who were lost. Nero and his crew, however, made the tattoos permanent, believing that their lives were over when they lost their home and family. As a result, the ink would never fade.

It’s an excellent little detail that “Trek” fans may only have been aware of if they snatched up the books before the film’s release. Also, along with “Star Trek: Picard,” which expanded on the untold truth of “Star Trek’s” Romulans and the failure of the planet being saved, it certainly paints an even stronger argument as to why Eric Bana’s Nero is the most dangerous villain in “Star Trek” history. 

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