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Old February 24 2012, 10:32 PM   #1
Yevetha
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Could we have an alien Captain?

Afterall we had a female and a black captain.

Why not a Kreetassan, Karema, Vaduwaur, Bolian, Vorgon, Denobulan or a Suliban captain?
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Old February 24 2012, 10:34 PM   #2
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Re: Could we have an alien Captain?

Yes we could.
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Old February 24 2012, 10:42 PM   #3
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Re: Could we have an alien Captain?

Because audiences wouldn't take him or her seriously.

I'd like to see an Asian or Latino captain in a future Trek show (assuming we do get one, that is).
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Old February 24 2012, 10:48 PM   #4
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Re: Could we have an alien Captain?

They'd take them no less seriously than they'd take an alien first officer. Did people not take Major Kira seriously?

Don't be silly.
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Old February 24 2012, 10:50 PM   #5
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Re: Could we have an alien Captain?

You can get away with an alien first officer because they're not the face of the show.
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Old February 24 2012, 10:52 PM   #6
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Re: Could we have an alien Captain?

And you could 'get away' with a Bajoran captain just as easily, although just what you're getting away from I'm not sure.
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Old February 24 2012, 11:25 PM   #7
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Re: Could we have an alien Captain?

I'm still waiting for the first gay captain. (And no, Sulu doesn't count.)
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Old February 24 2012, 11:27 PM   #8
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Re: Could we have an alien Captain?

We could but what would be the point, aside from occasionally going "ooooh, an alien Captain..."
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Old February 24 2012, 11:35 PM   #9
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Re: Could we have an alien Captain?

Mackenzie Calhoun from New Frontier is an alien captain, but as lit-only I guess that's not canon.

Maybe a lot of it is about alien captains that are generally humanoid (Bajorans, Deltans) versus alien captains that are *more* alien (Andorians, Cardassians, Klingons)
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Old February 24 2012, 11:39 PM   #10
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Re: Could we have an alien Captain?

Shatner felt at one stage during TOS, that he was no longer the star of the show... because of all the attention Nimoy was getting. Depends on how the alien is written and how the actor performs in that role. I don't think a series necessarily has to have a human lead character. That person may have to be seen through the eyes of the crew under him certainly, and that alieness seen from our "normal" perspective.

Jeffrey Combs practically stole the show anytime he appeared on DS9 and ENT. God knows what would've happened if he'd been Shran full-time, assigned onboard the Enterprise and butting heads with naive humans around him, having held the most senior role aboard a starship himself. There's a two-way exchange going to happen, I suppose. New tricks being learned by an old hand. Then times when there's some "I told ya so..." going on.
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Old February 24 2012, 11:56 PM   #11
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Re: Could we have an alien Captain?

I think we could have a half-alien captain, but only if he looked more Human than alien--he could have Vulcan-like ears or perhaps white eyes, but I generally think the captain has to be someone even non-Trekkies can easily relate to.

Most Trekkies, on the other hand, wouldn't mind if the captain was a Klingon, an Andorian, or even a Denebian slime devil. But studio execs aren't that far along yet...
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Old February 25 2012, 12:12 AM   #12
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Re: Could we have an alien Captain?

I assume this means as the Captain of the hero ship, because we saw plenty of Starfleet non-humans as Captains throughout Trek.
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Old February 25 2012, 01:05 AM   #13
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Re: Could we have an alien Captain?

Sisko was half wormhole alien.
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Old February 25 2012, 01:24 AM   #14
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Re: Could we have an alien Captain?

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Sisko was half wormhole alien.
No he is full human although who knows the Aliens could have made some modifications they are far more advanced then the federation. Although that really is a complicated Story.

Still the answer no never going to happen. At least as the main in a show. Now if they are near human like a Trill, Betazoid, or a Vulcan sure but straight alien no best odds there are a Klingon and they are still fairly near human.

I agree an Asian (anywhere from Saudi Arabia to Japan is fine) and some from South and Central America is a good idea.

Honestly, thing I liked about Voyager was high diversity.
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Old February 25 2012, 04:08 AM   #15
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Sjaddix wrote: View Post
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Sisko was half wormhole alien.
No he is full human although who knows the Aliens could have made some modifications they are far more advanced then the federation. Although that really is a complicated Story.
Being non-linear entities, the Wormhole Aliens did have a hand in bringing together his parents in the past so that he would be born. If there were any modifications to Sisko, it would be on a cognitive level rather than a genetic one, IMO.
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