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Dale Sams February 22 2014 01:16 AM

The most interesting aliens of TOS
 
The very first ones filmed. The Talosians. Possibly the most interesting of all Trek. They aren't vengeful. They let Pike go accepting their death sentence. And have enough compassion to take Pike back.

The real question is did they contact Spock or did he contact them?

KeepOnTrekking February 22 2014 03:46 AM

Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS
 
I've always liked the Vulcans the most. But the Tholians are definitely a close runner-up in my book.

Interesting question about whether it was Spock or the Keeper that came up with the idea to help Pike. I never gave it much thought before. I'll have to give it some thought. Looking forward to everyone's opinion on this!

MauriceNavidad February 22 2014 04:34 AM

Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS
 
The Horta.

CrazyMatt February 22 2014 08:30 AM

Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS
 
(whispering)I have to admit a liking for the Scalosians, especially the women.

SHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Don't tell anyone about my depravity.

Cookies and Cake February 22 2014 08:51 AM

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Maurice wrote: (Post 9277666)
The Horta.

They are certainly up there. Non-humanoid. Not even carbon-based (emphasizing their alienness and the difficulty in recognizing their eggs as eggs). Unusual life-cycle of only one mother (again emphasizing their alienness and the difficulty of noticing them). And yet there is a way to find common ground. They are not completely unlike us, because they have a generational reproductive cycle and thereby instincts similar to ours that we can relate to and understand. The episode itself is very fine and suffers mainly from some cheesiness in the monster attacks ("you go over here by yourself and get dramatically killed by the monster").

In addition to the Horta, I'll nominate the Vulcans, the cosmic cloud from "One of Our Planets Is Missing", the Q, the Borg, the Companion, the Tholians, the two-dimensional creatures flying into the cosmic string, the Tamarians, the Trill.

Dale Sams February 22 2014 07:56 PM

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CorporalCaptain wrote: (Post 9278161)
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Maurice wrote: (Post 9277666)
The Horta.

They are certainly up there. Non-humanoid. Not even carbon-based (emphasizing their alienness and the difficulty in recognizing their eggs as eggs). Unusual life-cycle of only one mother (again emphasizing their alienness and the difficulty of noticing them). And yet there is a way to find common ground. They are not completely unlike us, because they have a generational reproductive cycle and thereby instincts similar to ours that we can relate to and understand. The episode itself is very fine and suffers mainly from some cheesiness in the monster attacks ("you go over here by yourself and get dramatically killed by the monster").

In addition to the Horta, I'll nominate the Vulcans, the cosmic cloud from "One of Our Planets Is Missing", the Q, the Borg, the Companion, the Tholians, the two-dimensional creatures flying into the cosmic string, the Tamarians, the Trill.

No love for Medusans?

CrazyMatt February 22 2014 08:08 PM

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Dale Sams wrote: (Post 9279313)
No love for Medusans?

Well, the Medusan ambassador did have an interesting....body? Kinda like a tool box I once had....

Cookies and Cake February 22 2014 08:46 PM

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Dale Sams wrote: (Post 9279313)
No love for Medusans?

Yes, I'd nominate them too. I think aliens triggering a psychotic reaction in at least some people by the aliens' physical appearance is a real-world possibility if we ever meet aliens.

MauriceNavidad February 22 2014 10:40 PM

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CorporalCaptain wrote: (Post 9278161)
In addition to the Horta, I'll nominate the Vulcans, the cosmic cloud from "One of Our Planets Is Missing", the Q, the Borg, the Companion, the Tholians, the two-dimensional creatures flying into the cosmic string, the Tamarians, the Trill.

TOS, my friend. The subject is TOS aliens. I'll buy the cloud from TAS, maybe. :)

Cookies and Cake February 22 2014 10:41 PM

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Maurice wrote: (Post 9279940)
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CorporalCaptain wrote: (Post 9278161)
In addition to the Horta, I'll nominate the Vulcans, the cosmic cloud from "One of Our Planets Is Missing", the Q, the Borg, the Companion, the Tholians, the two-dimensional creatures flying into the cosmic string, the Tamarians, the Trill.

TOS, my friend. The subject is TOS aliens. I'll but the cloud from TAS, maybe. :)

Ah, whoops! My bad! :)

Vandervecken February 24 2014 03:46 PM

Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS
 
The Tholians. Thoroughly alien, enigmatic, vaguely arthropod-like (detectable even in TOS, I felt), and totally xenophobic. None of this "gosh, we're out in space, let's make friends with folks" stuff for them.

Just weird. Punctual, too. :)

Richard Baker February 24 2014 04:05 PM

Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS
 
Korob and Sylvia from 'Catspaw' - totally alien creatures from another galaxy trying to understand humans but locking in on the wrong part of the mind instead.

Tholians are second runner up- as finally shown in their full form later, another true alien race made of crystal, very territorial and as mentioned above, punctual.

While there are a lot of aliens throughout the series, I like obviously the ones which are not actors in makeup but creatures so different that you might not even recognize them as sapient beings, they have their own world view and a lot of difficulty dealing with humans

Vandervecken February 24 2014 04:12 PM

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Richard Baker wrote: (Post 9286261)
Korob and Sylvia from 'Catspaw' - totally alien creatures from another galaxy trying to understand humans but locking in on the wrong part of the mind instead.

Tholians are second runner up- as finally shown in their full form later, another true alien race made of crystal, very territorial and as mentioned above, punctual.

While there are a lot of aliens throughout the series, I like obviously the ones which are not actors in makeup but creatures so different that you might not even recognize them as sapient beings, they have their own world view and a lot of difficulty dealing with humans

Along those lines, the Kelvans. And I agree with you. The really alien aliens (especially non-humanoids) are most interesting.

Armored Saint February 24 2014 04:41 PM

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Vandervecken wrote: (Post 9286213)
The Tholians. Thoroughly alien, enigmatic, vaguely arthropod-like (detectable even in TOS, I felt), and totally xenophobic. None of this "gosh, we're out in space, let's make friends with folks" stuff for them.

Just weird. Punctual, too. :)

It's also interesting too see a non-humanoid species having an organized society technologically developed.

The TOS Romulan are also pretty interresting as a potential "lost tribe" of Vulcan.

Danny99 February 25 2014 01:04 AM

Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS
 
I'll throw in the Eminians of "A Taste of Armageddon." It'd be an interesting study to see how stepping into disintegration chambers became so normal, especially in the beginning, where most likely it would've been seen as crazy.


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