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Re: “Star Trek: Earth People are sexy

In part I think that Star Trek was trapped by the production reality that the actors are humans, and it's a lot less work to have all characters look like humans, with a few extra bumps or ridges glued on. Really "alien" aliens are a lot more work, so they show up quite rarely. Of course, as Marc Kyle pointed out, in ST:TNG they provided a back-story, that all humanoid life in all planets was seeded by a single ancient race, which explains why all aliens look so much alike, and can even cross-breed, which of course would be completely impossible for independently evolved species. In terms of beauty generally humans were prettier, but in TOS there were the Medusans, who were so beautiful/ugly they drove any human who saw them insane, as well as a rather handsome Greek God, and there were several planets inhabited by nubile young people in ST:TNG.

Star Wars could always afford more effects/makeup, since they're all movies, so they could make really alien aliens. But the humans were more beautiful than the aliens, which supports the article's point.

That being said, a few TV SF shows did a better job. In particular, Farscape's aliens were much more alien looking. And arguably Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan is more beautiful than any human.

But now that computer graphics is cheaper, I can only hope that TV shows can start using really alien aliens. I'd say that SF writing has gotten a lot less imaginative over the years, since the writers grew up watching shows limited by the visions of Star Trek and Star Wars. The older SF, such as the truly alien aliens in The Gods Themselves, which are much more interesting than the more recent cat people, wolf people, snake people, etc. I'm hoping that now that CGI is eliminating the limitations on the aliens that can be portrayed on TV/movies, that written SF will regain the more imaginative visions of the older writing.

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Posted by Laird Popkin on 12/31/2011 at 9:22 PM

 

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