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Old March 10 2012, 04:27 PM   #78
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Re: Could we have an alien Captain?

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Modern Star Trek has gotten away from the Alien = Rubber Forehead formula. So you could have an alien captain that fit the normal lead actor looks stereotypes and wouldn't have scabies on his face.

Don't forget Superman is an alien, but still fulfills the all-american boy type character. You could imagine a typical Captain character which also has psychic abilities or incredible strength.
Supes looks completely human. Star Trek doesn't really do completely human looking aliens. Last time I checked, they were firmly in the rubber forehead mold. When did they change? I'd love to think that there's some new Star Trek out there that somehow escaped my eagle eye.

But howabout this - an android captain!!! Or maybe an augment or a hologram? Those are the three main ways to have a human-looking but "alien" character in Star Trek.
How about a navigator with down syndrome and a dwarf as the engineering officer while we are at it?
Hey, a dwarf would fit into the Jeffreys tubes much better...wow, would that be un-PC.

Too many people would be wondering why a robot captain even bothers walking around when he could just plug directly into the ship. Don't even get me started on holographic captains and crew. I don't see holographic factory workers on automated production lines. so why on a ship? the ship would be running itself in effect. so why bother with interiors and fake humans running around. The doctor in Voyager was kind've a silly concept to begin with. The only reason he wasn't laughed off the show was because Robert Picardo did a good job playing him, and you quit thinking about the fact he was a hologram.
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