I think we might be seeing something neurological. Calhoun’s, perhaps not all that serious, superstition wasn’t foreshadowing so much as cover.
The United Earth Space Probe Agency (UESPA) is canonically shown to have predated the Federation’s founding by at least 10 years as seen in Star Trek: Enterprise. The Animated Series got to show more aliens on the Enterprise (Lt. M’Ress, and Lt. Arex) by virtue of the medium as well as far more non-human(oid) aliens. Also, the USS Intrepid wasn’t the only starship to have an all Vulcan crew, in Deep Space Nine’s “Take Me Out to the Holosuite”, the Nebula USS T’Kumbra commanded by Captain Solok, is also an all-Vulcan ship.
I always presumed that the one of the big factors in mixed crews was finding species that were compatible as far as food, life-support, and comfort. For example, T’Pol in Enterprise had to take a special nasal numbing drug because apparently Vulcans find the smell of Human unpleasant, while Spock noted in TOS’ “The Deadly Years” that as he aged, he found the Enterprise to be increasingly uncomfortably cold to him.
And of course Andorians come from an ice moon and so would probably issues in how they perceive temperature comfort a well.
I love how many aliens are on this ship. I suppose it’s plausible that humans have such a disproportionate representation in Star Trek if other aliens just don’t reproduce as quickly (e.g. if 9 months winds up being a fantastically short gestation period compared to other sentient life forms and we’re just able to pop more people out than vulcans or tellarities or whatever)
The Federation is nothing more than a homo sapien’s only club. Present company excepted.
I figure it’s simpler than that, that Starfleet is an Earth institution (even in TOS) which became so prevalent it eventually became (by TNG) the primary source of military power in the Federation.
Gestation periods only matter if you’re trying to populate a new colony with its first generation of newborns.
We know there was at least one mostly-Vulcan-staffed starship. It’s not unreasonable to assume that Starfleet is way more diverse than depicted on shows that had limited budgets for appliances and makeup. And it makes for better stories if a mostly-human crew can occasionally get schooled on their own cultural assumptions. Contemporary audiences might learn a few things.
Considering the track record of aired Trek and fan Trek, there should *always* be more aliens and more females being shown on the job. Without making a big deal about it.
check the feet on that bald headed blue guy.
I wonder if Commander Checkov could find Xothox a nice pair of gravity boots…
Wow, someone’s really bucking to get a permanent assignment planet side when this is all over.
I think the captain had her hands filled with problems long before this incident occurred…
It’s a hard job being the skipper.
She’s got all these lives and the ship under her command.
And if anything goes wrong it’s all very much her fault, even if it isn’t and especially if it isn’t.
Heavy is the head that wears the crown.
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