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Old February 22 2014, 01:16 AM   #1
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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?
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Old February 22 2014, 03:46 AM   #2
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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!
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Old February 22 2014, 04:34 AM   #3
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Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS

The Horta.
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Old February 22 2014, 08:30 AM   #4
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(whispering)I have to admit a liking for the Scalosians, especially the women.

SHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Don't tell anyone about my depravity.
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Old February 22 2014, 08:51 AM   #5
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Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS

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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.
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Old February 22 2014, 07:56 PM   #6
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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?
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Old February 22 2014, 08:08 PM   #7
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No love for Medusans?
Well, the Medusan ambassador did have an interesting....body? Kinda like a tool box I once had....
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Old February 22 2014, 08:46 PM   #8
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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.
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Old February 22 2014, 10:40 PM   #9
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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.
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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!
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Old February 24 2014, 03:46 PM   #11
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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.
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Old February 24 2014, 04:05 PM   #12
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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
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Old February 24 2014, 04:12 PM   #13
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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.
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Old February 24 2014, 04:41 PM   #14
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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.
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Old February 25 2014, 01:04 AM   #15
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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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