How do you feel about "too humanoid" aliens in Trek?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Truth_Seeker, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. ***

    *** Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Aug 15, 2001
    State of Boredom
    I always figured that it appeared to Crichton that the aliens were speaking English, due to the microbes' influence on his brain or whatever. Either way, I really liked that it was dealt with right off the bat and seemed consistent throughout the series.

    I don't think I really noticed the lack of alien variety until Voyager. It seemed like every week there was another alien with something new glued to their face.
  2. barnaclelapse

    barnaclelapse Commodore Commodore

    May 10, 2009
    Waverly, VA.
    Somehow I think I'd be a little annoyed if every single alien in the galaxy was some wildly designed monster. A little variety is good, and I can certainly appreciate an alien design with somewhat more subtle touches than that of, say, a Klingon.
  3. Anwar

    Anwar Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 11, 2006
    Moncton, NB
    Thing is, when VOY deliberately WANTED to have unique aliens they did make them. The Think Tank aliens and the 8472 are the prime examples. The rest of the time it didn't matter how alien the aliens looked, so the FX people weren't given money or real instructions on what they should look like which left them with the default "forehead" thing.

    But then again, remember than one of Trek's most memorable alien species' only difference from humanity is that their ears are pointed...
  4. Snowy Road

    Snowy Road Crimbo crossing Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    Nerys Myk
    Yet in TOS many, if not most were identical to humans. The Horta worked because of the story being told. It needed to be a non-humanoid "monster".;
  5. amdmiami

    amdmiami Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 1, 2008
    Trek could have definetely used some more creative aliens instead of the bumpy forehead of the week.