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Old 08-13-2008, 01:01 PM
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We've had threads on which men and women were the sexiest... but there are other dramatis persone to discuss here. Which of the TOS aliens were the most convincing to you?

Although I thought the Melkotians (my avatar) were interesting, they were personified by essentially a static prop head... Baylock was also a puppet, before being revealed to be Clint Howard. The Horta? (I heard the Horta costume was a modified "amebeoa" costume from The Outer Limits.) How about Sylvia and her mate in "Catspaw" after their true natures were revealed? The Gorn? Or maybe something less humanoid, like the rock critter from the episode where they have to fight good and evil? Or the little pinwheel that fed on negative emotion? Ruk, the last of the old androids... (Ted Cassidy could seem pretty alien...)

So, which one stands out in your mind... and why?
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:07 PM
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I'd have to say the Gorn. I say the Gorn because I have heard people talk about supposedly real aliens who are reptilian in appearance, as are the Gorn.
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Leaving the budget restrictions aside and judging the design only, I also go with the Gorn. The Horta makes close second place. Yes, it was just a man under a carpet made of silicone. But the idea was great, I think. Simple, though effective.
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My immediate first thought was the Horta....but after reading the opening post, I'm really drawn toward Silvia and Korob....face it, pipecleaner stick figures who can project and image of humans? That's pretty alien....

Another thought that occurs to me is the Kelvins before they took on human form.

Spock's description from the mind touch:"Immense beings, a hundred limbs which resemble tentacles. Minds of such control and capacity that each limb is capable of performing a different function. "
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and maybe the Gorn
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The silicon-based lifeforms, i.e. the Horta and the Excalbian worked IMO becaused unlike the Gorn (which did not work because he was too slow, the ENT version was much better: not only strong but also cunning and swift) you don't compare them to reptiles.
Aliens like the Melkotians or the Tholians were fascinating because we only saw a glimpse of them so they remained mysterious (for over 30 years concerning the Tholians until ENT showed us their entire body).
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I keep thinking about the "Salt Vampire" too... still humanoid... but just barely...

(I don't know why McCoy was so shocked by the creature's true appearance. It's not the first time a guy "woke up" to find his GF from the night before was "coyote ugly." LOL)
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