Question about sci-fi aliens

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  1. Los

    Los Active Member

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    The norm I take it is bipedal humanoid-like aliens?

    Lets look at Halo:
    All the major aliens have two legs, two arms and a head. The only difference is type of alien (lizard like, gorilla like) and the air they breath (the grunts breathed methane).

    Trek:
    They all look human. :rofl: Well, except for the head. And the Gorn super slow super powerful punch? :rofl:

    Star Wars:
    Obviously the most diverse in the group because of the scope and scale of the movies. But, still a large majority are human-ish, again bipedal, two arms, a head.

    So is there a lack of imagination for aliens or what?

    Renegade Legion: Battle for Jacob's Star had a few interesting creatures like the Kess'rith, four legs, two arms warrior like people. The Baufrin were a froglike people whose brain was located in their stomach, but two arms, two legs. So yeah.

    Any scrips on aliens that are different in every sense of the word but intelligent and capable like "humans" are made to be?
     
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    starship troopers

    um...

    that episode of star trek with that blob that killed tasha yar.


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    :dunno:
     
  3. Los

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    Insects with a hive mind?

    The epitome of evil in a gelatin form?

    I mean like a main villain type. Not jaba the hut. The fat man couldn't move anywhere.
     
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    gino85 fuck your honda civic, i've a horse outside

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    the thing
     
  5. CabbieNamedAxel

    CabbieNamedAxel OTCC|SF OT Supporter

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    Stargate was a bit more varied, they just had humans everywhere (or variations of them, like the jaffa)
     
  6. Variant

    Variant Cast in the name of God, ye not guilty.

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    Hollywood doesn't like doing non-humanoid aliens because it's significantly more expensive.
     
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    ForgottenSpiral Hope and Irony OT Supporter

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    This

    Also in Star Trek all the races came from the same ancestry.
     
  8. Zero

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    nice
     
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    do the monsters in the mist count?
     
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    i think its just about being able to relate to the character. average people are stupid (like Americans) and if the character is too drastically different then people wont grasp it, so unless its a villainous character, its portrayed more human like. creatures like those in Alien and The Thing are grotesque and good examples of those alien monsters/villians
     
  11. gthesob

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    ^ that

    Even if they do make something significantly inhuman, they always give it a recognizble face so you can still see it talk and act.
     
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    so... a blob with a human face?
     
  13. Zero

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    the blob was cool
     
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    Technically the Alien was still humanoid. :mamoru:
     
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    what about the dog aliens? hmm? what about them?
     
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    :rofl: Or bull alien depending on which version of Alien3 you watched. :hsugh:
     
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    I think I read a quote somewhere about what makes an alien/monster scary/interesting isn't necessarily how it's different from us, but how it's similar to us.

    And like others have said, the expense factor comes into play.
     
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    makes sense
     
  21. Los

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    if there are a billion stars in our galaxy, a million habitable planets and a hundred thousand civilizations, i refuse to believe they'll all be humanoid.
     
  22. CabbieNamedAxel

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    this is generally my train of thought when people ask if i think we're alone in the universe.
     
  23. Mr.Right

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    well, if everything evolved in the same types of environments, natural selection might tend to favor bi-pedal beings?
     
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    :werd: I want to see a movie/series with some REALLY alien looking aliens... not just humanoids with big feet and silly-shaped noses/foreheads :hsugh:
     
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    i can't remember what it's from, but i remember something about aliens that were pure electricity. might have been a comic, always great ideas there.
     

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