Why is almost every hybrid on the show half human?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by JirinPanthosa, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    The girl in Birthright was half Klingon, half Romulan.

    Ziyal was half Cardassian, half Bajoran. And so was that baby in Covenant.

    I can't think of any other characters who are two alien races without one of those races being human. We have K'elyhr, Troi, Naomi Wildman, Spock.

    Why no half Romulan half Betazoid? Half Ferengi half Klingon? Half Vulcan half Pakled? Why do all the aliens always want to get with us and never with each other?

    And why is it in pretty much every science fiction show, monstrous looking aliens find human looking women attractive? Jabba should have found Leia repulsive, and he should be lusting after slug women.
  2. Pavonis

    Pavonis Commodore Commodore

    Apr 26, 2001
    Half-Romulans should be rare because they're not a very gregarious people with non-Romulans.

    Half-Ferengi? I can't imagine what a half-Ferengi would look like. Maybe they're not as easily hybridized.

    Pakled-Vulcan? That just boggles the mind....
  3. Gul Re'jal

    Gul Re'jal Commodore Commodore

    Jun 28, 2010
    Gul Re'jal is suspecting she's on the wrong space
    I have two ideas. One: half-human so that we (the viewers) could relate to them. Two: half-human so that they needed only bits of bumpy foreheads and not full make-up.

    Or both.
  4. t_smitts

    t_smitts Captain Captain

    Jun 11, 2005
    Well, for starters, there haven't been THAT many hybrids. (You also forgot Seska's half-Kazon baby). I would surmise that since most of the major characters on the shows (and even a good number of minor ones) have been human, that lends itself to most on-screen hybrids being partially human.

    In one of the "Parallels" universes, Worf and Troi have kids, which would be half-Klingon, one-quarter Betazoid, and one-quarter Human.

    Apparently, Saavik was initially meant to be half-Romulan (though whether that counts as two separate species is debatable). Apparently they were considering an idea of revealing T'Pol's father in Enterprise's fifth season to be Romulan as well.
  5. yousirname

    yousirname Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 30, 2013
    We've seen so many Vulcan hybrids it's unreal, it seems to me. Vulcans must be all about the strange.
  6. Amaris

    Amaris Abiding Eos Premium Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    United States
    Because I would engage in sexy times with them.
  7. Timo

    Timo Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Aug 26, 2003
    This is just another aspect of the fact that the show mainly deals with human characters from the human viewpoint... What Gul Re'jal says, only also in in-universe terms.

    Obviously, even if the Trek universe were full of hybrids of all sorts, we would only ever get to see those who have ties to the human culture, because that's where the cameras are. And the most natural type of tie would be if the hybrid included human blood as one component.

    Timo Saloniemi
  8. Metryq

    Metryq Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 23, 2013
    Kirk has been busy. Weren't you watching? Delia in "Wink of an Eye" was undoubtedly a "quickie." It was so fast that viewers never saw it; only Kirk sitting on the edge of a bed putting his boots back on. (Nothing ever came of his romp with Androida, er, Andrea in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?")
  9. teacake

    teacake Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 20, 2007
    inside teacake
    That's why it was called "Wink of an Eye".

    "Let that be your last Battlefield" was the bondage ep.

    "Where No Man Has Gone Before", ALL slash started there.

    I could go on.. just remember it was the 60's, one had to be more subtle.
  10. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2001
    Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
    The farther you get away from Earth and other worlds where there are lots of Humans, the more likely you'll encounter non-Human hybrids, IMO. In other parts of the Galaxy, it may actually be quite rare to see one.
  11. Devo

    Devo Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Feb 9, 2013
    England, Earth, Sol System, Alpha Quadrant
    It's all about the make-up. Make-up costs money and Star Trek was very cheap. :P
  12. CorporalCaptain

    CorporalCaptain Admiral Admiral

    Feb 12, 2011
    Taking up space
    Pretty much my thoughts. Naturally, these are basically the same reasons why most of the characters are human/humanoid in the first place.

    Oh, lordie. :lol:
  13. Forbin

    Forbin Admiral Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    I said out, dammit!
    Because we humans are horny bastards.
  14. bbailey861

    bbailey861 Admiral Premium Member

    Oct 14, 2009
    Kingston, ON Canada
    IMO, this is the most logical response. It saves money when trying to produce a TV program. Maybe the time is ripe for a new animated show so the same constraints are not there.

    IMO, this is the funniest answer. You made coffee come out my nose, thanks.:rofl:
  15. Rhaven

    Rhaven Captain Captain

    Jul 10, 2012
    Rhaven in Boston
    I always thought it was because our DNA melded well with others.
  16. Garrovick

    Garrovick Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 10, 2012
    wallowing in a pool of emotion
    Because Humans are the sexiest race in the galaxy.
  17. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    Makeup is part of it but there are plenty of other makeup-lite aliens in the Star Trek universe. Any mixture of human, betazoid, bajoran, vulcan, hardly any makeup at all.

    I think it might be a sort of hypocrisy in the show that the Federation is multicultural where all cultures are equal but humans are in charge.

    Maybe Eddington is right about the 'assimilation' thing.
  18. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

    May 10, 2005
    The visitor's bullpen
    Humans are not "in charge". Remember, the last President of the Federation that we saw was a Grazerite. And there are plenty of aliens in the leadership of Starfleet and the Federation.

    True, the main government apparatus is located on Earth, but who cares? The capital has to be somewhere...

    Dude, you'd even go "mounting and finishing" with the Enterprise computer. :lol: ;)
  19. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk The Walrus Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    Sitting on a cornflake.
    Nah, it means the show had a budget.
  20. The Castellan

    The Castellan Commodore Commodore

    May 2, 2004
    The Plains of Cydonia
    Laziness and deep pockets more like it.....deep pockets and short arms.:p