Are certain aliens too difficult to take seriously?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by LobsterAfternoon, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. LobsterAfternoon

    LobsterAfternoon Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2006
    Do you guys think that there are certain Trek species that the powers that be think can't be regulars? Andorians and Tellarites are founders of the Federation, yet we've never had a regular series cast member from either species, and never had a single recurring Tellarite. We're told that the Federation is this wonderfully diverse society, yet we only ever see humans, a few vulcans, and the occasional Bolian. What do you guys attribute that too?
     
  2. Mr_Homn

    Mr_Homn Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2010
    we did have andorian regulars in Enterprise, actually.

    I recall reading on this forum before that berman thought andorians were silly looking because they reminded him of 50's b movie aliens with their antennae. That was during TNG era, but once the technology and makeup advanced, he was okay with it for enterprise.
     
  3. R. Star

    R. Star Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2012
    Location:
    Shangri-La
    No recurring Pakleds?!
     
  4. scotpens

    scotpens Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    This man would disagree.

    [​IMG]

    You want silly? What about those stupid-looking Ferengi? (And they were regulars.) Frankly, I found the pig-faced Tellarites more believable.
     
  5. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk The Real Me Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2001
    Location:
    Down in the tube station at midnight
    And Klingons, Bajorans, Cardassians, Ferengi, Trills, Talaxians, Denobulans,Founders, Vortas, Jem'hadar...
     
  6. -Brett-

    -Brett- Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2001
    The cast of characters is not meant to be a statistical random sample of the demographics of this fictional society.
     
  7. Sector 7

    Sector 7 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2008
    Location:
    Rural North Carolina
    Why does everyone pick on the kids... er... aliens with big ears?!:guffaw:
     
  8. sbk1234

    sbk1234 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2006
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    The Tak Tak?
     
  9. LobsterAfternoon

    LobsterAfternoon Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2006
    We never had a regular Andorian. Shran was a recurring.
     
  10. LobsterAfternoon

    LobsterAfternoon Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2006
    My apologies if my initial post was vague. I was trying to question if the designs of certain species are 'too alien' to be more than just a guest spot. Vulcans look like humans with pointy ears and lame haircuts, which is a lot simpler than blue skin, blue tinged teeth, antennae, etc.
     
  11. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk The Real Me Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2001
    Location:
    Down in the tube station at midnight
    DS9 had the Ferengi.
     
  12. Dream

    Dream Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2001
    Location:
    Hotel Transylvania
    VOY had the Kazon.
     
  13. LobsterAfternoon

    LobsterAfternoon Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2006
    Maybe it's the skin color? Kaazon and Ferengi, while more alien looking than the average "Slap a weird forehead on a white guy" routine that Trek usually does, still have human skin tones. Whereas dudes like Andorians and Bolians are very brightly colored.
     
  14. R. Star

    R. Star Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2012
    Location:
    Shangri-La
    They're just earophobes.
     
  15. T'Girl

    T'Girl Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2009
    Location:
    T'Girl
    Brent Spiner had yellow skin make-up applied in all but a very few of his appearances on the show.
     
  16. Melakon

    Melakon Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2012
    Location:
    Melakon's grave
    Budget. It's much cheaper to apply Bajoran makeup to 10 extras than something more sophisticated like Cardassians or Andorians on 10 extras.
     
  17. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2001
    Location:
    Per Ardua
    I always thought the Kazon just looked like Jamaican Klingons...
     
  18. Gary7

    Gary7 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    +1 This. Their head protrusions could almost pass for a form of dreadlocks. I always thought they looked more like bonsai shrubberies, though. Hard to take someone seriously with plants sprouting from their heads.
     
  19. SchwEnt

    SchwEnt Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2005
    I always wanted more Tellarites, maybe even more than Andorians. After seeing the improved makeup in TVH and ENT, really sad we never saw more Tellarites. No love for the fighting pig-men :(
     
  20. R. Star

    R. Star Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2012
    Location:
    Shangri-La
    It does come down to budget and not content.

    You have Klingons around often enough, so excessive violence isn't an issue.
    You have the Cardassians around often enough, so oppressive tyranny and concentration camps isn't an issue.
    You have the Ferengi around often enough, so the vices of avarice and using women as tools isn't an issue.