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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 01 October 2017 at 7:26am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Here ya go:


The Providers are among my favourite races. Did they ever show up again (in, say, a non-canonical book?).

I like the Companion. "Metamorphosis" isn't my favourite episode from a storyline perspective, but from a special effects and performance standpoint, I'm a fan.
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John Byrne

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A good list.
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Greg Kirkman
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Yeah, a good list! I also admire the lack of snark/mockery, which seems to be the exception, rather than the rule. Too many of these sorts of lists go out of their way to mock.

My one and only objection is the assertion that "Obsession" is "one of the best of the second season", but that comes down to opinion, of course.
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Doug Centers
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One of the reasons I love TOS!

The "weirder" the better.

I wanted badly to see Kollos in my younger days, no matter how insane it drove me :-)
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John Byrne

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My one and only objection is the assertion that "Obsession" is "one of the best of the second season", but that comes down to opinion, of course.

Modern sensibilities seem to demand conflicted heroes with feet of clay. "Obsession" fits that bill. Probably why it's way down at the bottom of my list.

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Rob Ocelot
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It's a shame later series with more money per episode than the entirety of TOS (I'm only half-joking here)  went for the nosepiece-and-forehead-of-the-week humanoid aliens and shied away from the more creative non-humanoid aliens.  Even then, they couldn't keep their noses and foreheads straight (as seen by the changes to Trills and Cardassians).

It was preciselyTOS *lack* of funds that fostered it's (mainly theatre-derived) creative solutions to alien life.


Edited by Rob Ocelot on 01 October 2017 at 2:30pm
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Robbie Parry
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Good point, Rob.

Even when TOS featured human-looking aliens, there was something to make them unique. Remember the Kelvans in "By Any Other Name"? I could be wrong, but looks like they used some sort of tan/make-up on the faces of those aliens. So whilst they did look like humans, there was something else there, too.
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John Byrne

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The Kelvans started out pasty white, then became flushed as they grew more "human".
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Robbie Parry
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Ah, yes, thanks. I remember now. Really need to rewatch that episode. 

It was actually pretty chilling to my young eyes (was around 14 when I saw it).
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Warren Scott
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I would substitute the tribbles (I mean, where were their mouths, eyes, etc.? How did they move?) for the Gorn, who seemed to me a pretty standard BEM from old-time sci-fi.
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Robbie Parry
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Warren, despite looking here, the acronym BEM eludes me. Help, please! 
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Michael Casselman
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It's the 5th one on the list, Robbie. Bug Eyed Monster.
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Robbie Parry
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Ah, got it. Of course. Thanks, Michael.
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John Byrne

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Speaking of acronyms, years ago I read that radio astronomers, when confronted with an unidentified signal from out in space, will temporarily label it LGM -- for "Little Green Men".
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Robbie Parry
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Interesting. :)

I find myself overwhelmed by acronyms, particularly on social media. When someone typed YMMV a while back, I had to look it up. I think I'm suffering from "acronym overload". Not a criticism, happy to learn them and memorize them! 
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Warren Scott
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Thanks for clearing that up, Michael.
What you said, Robbie, reminded me of something: years ago when I wrote to a pen pal, she used to sign off sometimes with LOL, meaning "Lots of love" (not in a remotely romantic way, mind you). So it took me some time to get used to it meaning "Laughing Out loud."
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Eric Sofer
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I used YMMV, Robbie, and I'm sorry that I confused you. For those still wondering, it means "Your mileage may vary."

I often wonder about the difference of acceptability between "weird" aliens and "humanoid" aliens... for example, the Romulans* as opposed to the Hortas.** I would have thought that TNG would have introduced more weird aliens, but apparently it was easier? cheaper? more effecient? to have humanoids with a prosthetic or two and a little make up... the majority of aliens, as I recall. That works for community theatre. For a show with effects by ILM... I expected a little more.

*Could have used Klingons but who wants to open that barrel of gagh?
*I don't know that the plural of Horta takes an "s", but if you don't like it... tough. Get off my lawn. ;)
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