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#1 crypticjosh

 

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 11:02 PM

I was just talking with my fiance' about Star Trek races that appear in all cannon Star Trek series, and how there is a main character aboard each vessel or space station of each of those races, except the Andorains. Just wondering if anyone might have any idea why. (I personally think it should have happened in the Voyager series, replacing Commander Chakotay with an Andorian first officer. Robert Beltran should have still been the proposed Andorian first officer). Also, if you could replace any character in any of the Trek series with an Andorian Star Fleet officer, who would it be?

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 05:59 AM

The main reason IMO is the makeup/prosthetic required for the antennae. Shran was my favorite recurring character on Enterprise. The TOS Andorians look clunky and unrealistic even by 1960s standards, which is why they were rarely shown in closeup. AFAIK they needed three people to work the antennae on Enterprise, which is probably why they didn't use Andorians/Aenar as much as they might otherwise have done.


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Posted 08 February 2011 - 06:02 AM

I was just talking with my fiance' about Star Trek races that appear in all cannon Star Trek series, and how there is a main character aboard each vessel or space station of each of those races, except the Andorains. Just wondering if anyone might have any idea why. (I personally think it should have happened in the Voyager series, replacing Commander Chakotay with an Andorian first officer. Robert Beltran should have still been the proposed Andorian first officer). Also, if you could replace any character in any of the Trek series with an Andorian Star Fleet officer, who would it be?

I vaguely recall, though don't ask me where, that when they were cooking up TNG, Gene Roddenberry unilaterally decreed that there shalt be no more cheesy aliens with antennae. And there weren't for a very long time. Though they did manage to sneak in a few in at the end of STIV. But I could be wrong. :)

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 10:40 AM

I was going to say because they're dumb, but maneth's explanation seems pretty reasonable. Odds are extremely high that Shran would have become a main cast member had Enterprise gotten a fifth season, but alas, such was not the case.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 07:40 AM

Andorian's are not the only race that does not have a main character. There are Romulans,Bolian's,The Sheliak... :nonono:

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 02:38 AM

Romulans can't really be main because they're enemies. There were no main Klingon characters until TNG for the same reason. They did manage to get an enemy main character in Seven, but she's a special case since nobody joins the Borg if they have a choice in the matter.


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Posted 06 May 2011 - 04:05 PM

Oh! So i was wrong.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:27 PM

What makes Andorians so special?

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 03:01 PM

Shran was my favorite recurring character on Enterprise


me too! i *heart* shran.

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 09:23 AM

What makes Andorians so special?


Have you seen Enterprise yet?

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 10:38 AM

Nope. I have seen only TNG and VOY. Is there something special about Andorians in ENT?

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 12:44 PM

apart from the great make-up and acting the andorians get more depth and karacter building...
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Posted 08 June 2011 - 08:54 AM

Nope. I have seen only TNG and VOY. Is there something special about Andorians in ENT?


Yes. They're utterly awesome. Shran is easily one of the best recurring characters from any Trek show. Maybe the best.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 04:44 PM

....on a sidenote i also really liked the aenar. i wish they had more than one episode :(

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 05:50 AM

Nope. I have seen only TNG and VOY. Is there something special about Andorians in ENT?

On the assumption that you have trouble getting hold of Enterprise in your country, Commander, I went looking for a Youtube video and (since you probably would not like anything too romantic) thought I'd show you this clip from one of the later seasons...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzsW-gtWZY0

Shran and the Andorians are generally very competative and agressive although not as much as the Klingons. Shran is a great warrior who, over the course of the four seasons, learns to overcome the distrust his people have of nearly every other race, mostly from the way that the Humans and Vulcans prove themselves to be good friends in battle.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 06:26 AM

On the assumption that you have trouble getting hold of Enterprise in your country, Commander, I went looking for a Youtube video and (since you probably would not like anything too romantic) thought I'd show you this clip from one of the later seasons...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzsW-gtWZY0

Shran and the Andorians are generally very competative and agressive although not as much as the Klingons. Shran is a great warrior who, over the course of the four seasons, learns to overcome the distrust his people have of nearly every other race, mostly from the way that the Humans and Vulcans prove themselves to be good friends in battle.

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I don not have no trouble getting Enterprise. I can download it from IsoHunt.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 05:38 AM

Commander_Lazar,if you want know more about Andorian-watch "Enterprise" and "The next generation",too you can watch "star trek:The original series".In this series many speak about this race.I mean,what you watch some episodes about Andorian in "TOS".Watch in series "Enterprise" episode "Incident with Andorian"-this is very interesting episode(two season).I think,what you like this episode in this series.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 06:19 AM

Commander_Lazar,if you want know more about Andorian-watch "Enterprise" and "The next generation",too you can watch "star trek:The original series".In this series many speak about this race.I mean,what you watch some episodes about Andorian in "TOS".Watch in series "Enterprise" episode "Incident with Andorian"-this is very interesting episode(two season).I think,what you like this episode in this series.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 03:38 PM

I was glad help you:say about Andorian race in series "Star Trek".I hope,what my information was interesting for you Commander_Lazar,If you have more quastion about other race in "Star Trek"-writed in private message,i answer you.

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 06:50 AM

OK I just watched the first season of ENT and now I get your love for Andorians! :)



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