Ever noticed how most aliens in movies or on TV just look like human actors with lots of makeup or a bit of latex?

Ever noticed how most aliens in movies or on TV just look like human actors with lots of makeup or a bit of latex? | YOUR PLANET IS SO BASIC THAT THE MOVIES AND TV SHOWS MOSTLY JUST HAVE HUMANOID ALIENS | image tagged in memes,picard wtf,star trek,sci-fi,movies,tv | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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IT'S TIME TO END DISCRIMINATION AT THE MISS UNIVERSE CONTESTS. BY NOW WE SHOULD HAVE HAD A WINNER WHO'S AN ALIEN | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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The Outer Limits made an episode based on that premise.
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A few shows tried to overcome it, for example, the animated Star Trek.
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Little Shop of Horrors and Men in Black also come to mind as exceptions.
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Actually, in the Star Trek and Mass Effect universes, aliens (and even many humans) don't speak English; communication is facilitated via advanced software that provides real-time translation. The Mass Effect games even mention that species & planets must update their language packs frequently as new words & expressions constantly enter languages.

Compare and contrast to the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings universes, where most everyone speaks a common language due to prolonged periods (dozens of millenia in the case of Star Wars) of inter-species or inter-stellar trade.
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Adding a couple of things: The UT doesn't always work - or there are languages too complex for it to translate. This is shown many times in ST. In the series Enterprise, Hoshi Sato is the communications savant that developed it for Starfleet.

All that said, scientists today are working on a real life UT. The hardest part is the voice recognition software piece still being underdeveloped. There are just too many dialects and one needs to program all of it or an AI that can decipher tomato from tomahto. Pretty cool stuff tho and I DO want one!
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The Xindi from Star Trek Enterprise
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But it's so we can relate to them more. I prefer less aliens and believe if they existed, they would in fact be nearly like us.
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Cheap, not very special effects. Back in the day, and even now, it's way cheaper to put a dude in a costume or makeup and say he's an alien than have formless masse or energy, creates that resemble flames or giant talking crab/monkey/budgie creatures in a TV show or movie, unless, it's a cartoon, as pointed out in other comments.
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Yeah but nowadays we do have cheap off the shelf CGI effects. Imagination is the only limit when it comes to visual effects. The tiger in the season premier of Walking Dead was all done in CGI. Surely it can be used to do some truly alien forms.
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I thought of this when Ezekiel went round to Carol's. I did say even now - adapted humans are still cheaper - and, that tiger is not as believable, as the zombies, guys in suits.
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Not sure if you'll get the reference...the guys in the film Paul make a comic about an Alien with 3 boobs...
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Non-Humanoid or even non-carbon-based aliens are very hard to grasp for us limited Humans. ST plays with the idea some and occasionally. One of the reasons I like the franchise so much.
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At least we have movies and TV shows because some of the planets i've visited don't have any forms of art and just try to develop technology.
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