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Star Trek Sequelitis – Who We Want to See

Never afraid to jump on the bandwagon, we were so impressed by the movie that we’ve seen, we thought we’d write a list of the aliens and creatures that we want or don’t want to see in the proposed sequel. Part of me really hopes that JJ Abrams continues to breath originality back into the series, but there are also a lot of very cool aliens out there in the big Star trek universe. Here are a few of the many, many characters and species we can see being considered for an appearance.

Balok was shocked he didn't make the list...

Balok was shocked he didn’t make the list…

Khan

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Why We’d Like to See Him: Khan is made of awesome; he’s physically stronger than Kirk, has a genius-level intellect and just has a certain charm about him. Did we mention that he used to rule most of the world? He’s the star of one of the best-received movies and a very solid episode of the original series.

Why We Wouldn’t Like to See Him: Ricardo Montalban is Khan. His performance is everything about the role.  Anyone else playing the role would seem wrong in a way greater than any of the other actors filling in for the regulars. Plus, he’s already had a feature film dedicated to him.

Appearances: Space Seed (TOS), The Wrath of Khan

Crowning Moments of Awesome: See Above

The Klingons

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Why We’d Like to See Them: The Klingons are Star Trek’s flagship aliens. They’ve appeared on every incarnation of the franchise. They’re deadly warriors and always fun.

Why We Wouldn’t Like to See Them: The Klingons are Star Trek’s flagship aliens. They’ve appeared on every incarnation of the franchise. Give someone else a go. Plus, we don’t want to open the whole with/without ridges debate in fandom.

Appearances: TOS, The Motion Picture, The Search for Spock, The Final Frontier, The Undiscovered Country, TNG, Generations, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise

Crowning Moments of Awesome: The Undiscovered Country, Sins of the Father (TNG), Redemption (TNG), The Way of the Warrior (DS9)

The Gorn

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Why We’d Like to See Them: One of the few truly truly alien humanoid aliens that Star Trek has given us, the Gorn have only appeared twice in the franchise’s history. Strong and ugly, they have the makings of a truly aggressive opponent.

Why We Wouldn’t Like to See Them: The only times that they’ve appeared in the franchise are as a man in a dodgy costume and dodgy CGI. The design would take some work. Also, we wonder how difficult it would be to create an iconic Gorn villian in the mould of Khan or Chang.

Appearances: Arena (TOS), A Mirror, Darkly (Enterprise)

Crowning Moments of Awesome: The jury’s still out

The Andorians

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Why We’d Like to See Them: They’re blue. They have antennae. They are possibly the most visually striking of Star trek’s races. Did we mention they’re blue?

Why We Wouldn’t Like to See Them: Any fan worth their salt will tell that by the time of the movie, they’re the good guys. Still, that didn’t stop a bad Vulcan cropping up.

Appearances: Journey to Babel (TOS), Enterprise

Crowning Moments of Awesome: Any moment where Shran (Jeffrey Combs) is on screen

The Cardassians

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Why We’d Like to See Them: These guys are a race of manipulative, underhanded bastards. They’re aggressive, but they’re smart. If they can’t outgun you, they’ll undermine you.

Why We Wouldn’t Like to See Them: Although Uhura considers a Cardassian beverage in the new film, these guys really belong in the series where they emerged as a truly complex and divided culture, Deep Space Nine. Making them villains in a two-hour film would downplay the moral ambiguity of the species, much as it did for the Romulans (see below).

Appearances: TNG, DS9

Crowning Moments of Awesome: Chains of Command (TNG), The Wire (DS9), Tribunal (DS9), Second Skin (DS9), In Purgatory’s Shadow/By Inferno’s Light (DS9), Ties of Blood and Water (DS9)

 The Borg

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Why We’d Like to See Them: They’re creepy, and frightening. They’re technological nightmare come to life. They can’t be stopped. All they do is consume.

Why We Wouldn’t Like to See Them:  As a villain, they’ve passed their sell-by date. Originally something so strange that their very nature was terrifying, they’ve been gradually dilluted and humanised. Plus, even with the changed timeline, they shouldn’t encounter humans for decades. Finally, as with Khan, they’ve already been a villain in one of the best films of the franchise.

Appearances: TNG,  First Contact, Voyager, Regeneration (Enterprise)

Crowning Moments of Awesome: The Best of Both Worlds (TNG), I, Borg (TNG), First Contact, Scorpion (Voyager)

The Tholians

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Why We’d Like to See Them: They look strange and alien, they’re underexposed, only having appeared twice in the history of the franchise. They’re made of crystal.

Why We Wouldn’t Like to See Them:  Their gimmick is that they slowly and meticulously construct a web around their opponent before crushing them in it. It takes a particular scenario to make that a deadly skillset.

Appearances: The Tholian Web (TOS), A Mirror, Darkly (Enterprise)

Crowning Moments of Awesome: Finding a situation where slowly and meticulously constructing a web around their opponent before crushing them in it is actually viable.

The Romulans

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Why We’d Like to See Them: They are the original magnificent bastards of the Star trek universe. If their plan doesn’t have at least a dozen twists and turns, they’re just not trying. They’re devious and conniving. They’re like Klingons with brains.

Why We Wouldn’t Like to See Them:  They’ve been featured (ineffectively) in two movies in a row in the franchise. It’s time for a break, even if they still haven’t been done justice in the movies.

Appearances: TOS, TNG, Nemesis, DS9, Voyager, Star Trek

Crowning Moments of Awesome: Balance of Terror (TOS), The Defector (TNG), Minds Eye (TNG), Reunification (TNG), Visionary (DS9), In The Pale Moonlight (DS9), The “United” trilogy (Enterprise)

The “Conspiracy” Aliens

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Why We’d Like to See Them: They only appeared once, despite plans to make them the archetects of a long-term plan against the Federation. They’re insideous and difficult to detect, and they are viscious. The mother creature living inside of Lieutenant Remmick was wonderfully creepy and gross. Plus, they eat other bugs, which is kind of cool. Also, it would continue a theme of brain-controlling bugs in the Star Trek film.

Why We Wouldn’t Like to See Them:  They’re bugs. Plus, this movie series probably won’t be the ideal place for the whole ‘conspiracy’ and paranoia vibe these things get going on. Also, they’re rather mundane.

Appearances: Conspiracy (TNG)

Crowning Moments of Awesome: None, but could totally see them having some…

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