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Old February 25 2014, 01:35 AM   #16
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Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS

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The TOS Romulan are also pretty interresting as a potential "lost tribe" of Vulcan.
... AGREED!
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Old February 25 2014, 06:46 AM   #17
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Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS

TOS:
Tholians
Vulcans
Romulans
Klingons
Horta
Gorn
Andorian
Cloud creature from "Obsession"
Tholians
Medusans
Melkot
The Companion
Ruk

TAS:
Phylosian
Skorr
Vendorian
Dramian
Kzinti
Orion
Sehlat
Vedala
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Old February 25 2014, 09:07 AM   #18
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Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS

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TOS:
Tholians
Vulcans
Romulans
Klingons
Horta
Gorn
Andorian
Cloud creature from "Obsession"
Tholians
Medusans
Melkot
The Companion
Ruk
Ruk but not Andrea?
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Old February 25 2014, 09:08 AM   #19
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Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS

^^ It's a fine line. Ruk was created by the Old Ones while Andea was created by Corby.
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Old February 25 2014, 09:34 AM   #20
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Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS

Although I think the Andorians and the Gorn are cool, I excluded them because we didn't really find anything else about them in TOS besides humanoid warrior aliens with antennae and hostile anthropomorphic lizard aliens, respectively. The first really interesting Andorian in all of Star Trek was Thelin, and we find out very little about him indeed. (That said, Nalder was great in the minor role of Shras.) We have to go all the way to Shran to get a real live-action Andorian character. The Gorn captain speaks, and it's interesting as far as it goes, but in my opinion he didn't constitute a dynamic character, and rather he served only as an exposition delivery device.

The TOS aliens I focused on were, in my opinion, much more interesting than just their superficial traits, and we actually find out something about the characters of their respective species. The only exception was the Tholians, whom we really learned nothing about, but their coolness factor (via the visual effect and Babcock's multi-track voice performance) was so great that I couldn't help myself.

Furthermore, with a single exception, I discarded the humanoid aliens as patently uninteresting.

To recollect (having gotten straight which forum/thread this is; in my defense, I posted in another thread around the same time about aliens in general), so far I've nominated:

Horta
Vulcans
the cosmic cloud from "One of Our Planets Is Missing"
the Companion
Tholians
Medusans

Vulcans would have been excluded for being pointy-eared humanoids, except that their culture was so very interesting and Spock is my favorite character in all of Star Trek.

I'm not saying that people are wrong to find humanoid aliens interesting; I'm just explaining my thought process.
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Old February 25 2014, 11:40 AM   #21
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Klingons and Vulcans are, imo, Trek's best alien races.
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Old February 25 2014, 04:57 PM   #22
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Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS

The Horta immediately came to mind.
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Old March 1 2014, 05:13 PM   #23
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What? No tellarite mentions? A bunch of argumentive pigs!
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Old March 1 2014, 05:17 PM   #24
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I couldn't really take the Tellarites seriously. I was much more intrigued with the Andorians. Sadly after Shras TOS didn't explore them further. However, I was intrigued with Thelin in TAS' "Yesteryear."
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Old March 3 2014, 01:12 AM   #25
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Besides, with the tellarites around you couldn't eat pulled pork, or bacon or....

Joking aside, I sort of Ike's them since they were so cantankerous. Not to mention greedy and conniving. A nice break for aliens.
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Old March 3 2014, 04:45 AM   #26
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. . . 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.
According to the Starfleet Medical Reference Manual, Tholians are "anaerobic, with an average body temperature of 275° C." Well, that explains the psychedelic heat waves!

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Old March 3 2014, 05:33 PM   #27
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^^ It's a fine line. Ruk was created by the Old Ones while Andea was created by Corby.
But she was created soooooooooooooooooooooooooo well!
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Old March 3 2014, 11:42 PM   #28
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Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS

Pigs are supposed to be physiologically close to humans, so the Tellarites doesn't seem to have a strange biology. However, it's interresting to see a government, member of the Federation, covering illegal mining.
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Old March 4 2014, 12:54 AM   #29
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Re: The most interesting aliens of TOS

I liked the Kelvans. Races outside of our galaxy are interesting to the Star Trek universe. If a new television show wanted a blank slate without a reboot, that is a possible option. Having a ship jump over to the Andromeda galaxy to explore would be neat.

I also enjoyed the Andorians and Tellerites. I wonder why they were never really revisited in TNG/DS9/VOY.
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Old March 4 2014, 12:58 AM   #30
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Agreed.

The aliens we didn't see interest me more though. The barely seen slavers, Preservers, the ones who built the Doomsday machines--and the Vegan tyranny
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