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The Enterprise crew mistakenly takes the Andorians for granted, underestimating their capacity for violence. Aliens with Human Qualities In all versions of Star Trek, the alien races given the most focus are the Vulcans and Klingons. Vulcans are a peaceful race known for their intelligence and skills in diplomacy. Vulcans resemble humans save for DID YOU KNOW ? their green-tinted skin, pointy ears, and sloping eyebrows. The bestAccording to film historian Bruce Rux, there known Vulcan is Spock, a graduate are more than 70 milof Starfleet Academy and first officer lion copies of Star Trek aboard the Enterprise.

Good science fiction plays as a metaphor for our current world,”39 he says. In Star Trek as well as Avatar and the Star Wars films, the story creators bent the rules of science—giving people from Earth the ability to travel great distances across the gulf of space. But when they arrive on distant planets, travelers from Earth have often found beings and cultures that are not terribly different from what they left behind. Many display human emotions and other qualities, many are steadfastly devoted to just causes, and many will fiercely defend the environments of their home planets against space travelers who have not done a very good job of protecting the ecology of their own world.

In this scene from the movie, an alien craft lands at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming as onlookers watch the historic event. 40 encounter with a UFO in which the DID YOU KNOW ? object is identified as an alien spacecraft by the witness. A close encounBefore filming began, ter of the second kind is an encounter NASA asked Close with a UFO in which physical eviEncounters of the Third dence is left behind—such as scorched Kind director Steven grassland or crop fields where the Spielberg to kill the UFO landed or power interruptions movie.

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