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** True seems adamant about getting a pet, while her father brushes off the question, as if buying a cat cost a real fortune (which it very well might). Once the team is on the surface, true finds and adopts an imp-lie koba as an impromptu pet, which subsequently causes a few added problems. She's later overjoyed when the team briefly gets the chance to keep a horse developed from an embryo by accelerated artificial gestation. Unfortunately, the horse was born with a genetic defect and wouldn't last.

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** True seems adamant about getting a pet, while pet and her father brushes off the question, topic, as if buying a an ordinary cat cost a real fortune (which it very well might). Once the team is on the surface, true True finds and adopts an imp-lie imp-like koba as an impromptu pet, which subsequently causes the team a few added problems. She's later overjoyed when the team briefly gets the chance to keep a horse developed from an embryo by accelerated artificial gestation. Unfortunately, the horse was born with a genetic defect and wouldn't last.
21st Mar '16 7:26:39 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* TheAce: Alonzo Solace. Also a subversion, as Alonzo has to tackle depression inherited from hi

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* TheAce: Alonzo Solace. Also a subversion, as Alonzo has to tackle depression inherited from hihis time as a starship pilot.



* BoringButPractical: The team's ground vehicles (a six-wheeled off-road truck and two all-terrain buggies of different size) aren't much of a cool sight, but they get the job done. Danziger even notes that the transrover, their biggest surviving set of wheels, isn't particularly suited for long-distance travel. It's quite old already and originally designed as a truck for mining operations.



* GovernmentConspiracy: Directed against the Colonists.

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* GovernmentConspiracy: Directed against the Colonists.colonists.



* ProductPlacement: The transrover truck, with HUMMER prominently displayed on its grill as it makes its way toward the camera. Something of a peculiar example of this trope, as all the custom-built vehicles built for the series are fictional and the rover didn't even contain HUMMER-produced parts.

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* ProductPlacement: The transrover truck, with HUMMER prominently displayed on its grill as it makes its way toward the camera. Something of a really peculiar example of this trope, as all the custom-built vehicles built for the series are fictional and the rover didn't even contain HUMMER-produced parts.



** Some of the episode titles are references to various other media. E.g. "[[Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth "The Man Who Fell to Earth (Two)]]", "[[Film/NaturalBornKillers Natural Born Grendlers]]", "[[Film/GorillasInTheMist Grendlers in the]] [[VideoGame/{{Myst}} Myst]]", "[[Theatre/TheTempest Brave New Pacifica]]".

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** Some of the episode titles are references to various other media. E.g. "[[Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth "The The Man Who Fell to Earth (Two)]]", "[[Film/NaturalBornKillers Natural Born Grendlers]]", "[[Film/GorillasInTheMist Grendlers in the]] [[VideoGame/{{Myst}} Myst]]", "[[Theatre/TheTempest Brave New Pacifica]]".
18th Mar '16 1:26:58 PM ZemplinTemplar
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* RobotBuddy: Zero. While he's humanoid and voiced, he generally avoids being a RidiculouslyHumanRobot, due to his design being more practical and machine-like, rather than resembling or moving like an actual human.

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* RobotBuddy: Zero. [[http://www.geektrench.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/earth-2-zero.jpg Zero]]. While he's humanoid and voiced, he generally avoids being a RidiculouslyHumanRobot, due to [[http://earth2.popapostle.com/images/episodes/Redemption/Zero.JPG his design design]] being more practical and machine-like, rather than resembling or moving like an actual human. He even has a fully detachable head. This comes in handy in a later episode, when an on-foot recon team only takes his head with them. Most of the crucial sensors and computing power is in the head, so it can be strapped to a backpack and carried around if they need the robot for advice.
18th Mar '16 1:09:31 PM ZemplinTemplar
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* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: While G889/Earth 2 shows plenty of soft sci-fi tropes (an environment with elements of the Gaia hypothesis, Terrian psychic abilities, etc.), the science and technology on the side of the colonists skews much more towards hard sci-fi. The space habitats humanity inhabits after its exodus from Earth produce artificial gravity by spinning, spacecraft are purely utilitarian and built with vacuum flight in mind, interstellar flights take decades (with starship crews [[HumanPopsicle in hibernation]] during the crossing) and the [[OlderThanTheyLook relativistic effects of such flights]] are noted (particularly in Alonso's case, who's a flight veteran). There are escape pods that are shaped a lot like space capsules for atmospheric reentry, supplies include special canisters for accelerated artificial gestation of animal embryos, the equipment and vehicles of the crew are a very utilitarian mix of low-tech and hi-tech solutions, etc.

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* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: While G889/Earth 2 shows plenty of soft sci-fi SF tropes (an environment with elements of the Gaia hypothesis, Terrian psychic abilities, etc.), the science and technology on the side of the colonists skews much more towards hard sci-fi.SF. The space habitats humanity inhabits after its exodus from Earth produce artificial gravity by spinning, spacecraft are purely utilitarian and built with vacuum flight in mind, interstellar flights take decades (with starship crews [[HumanPopsicle in hibernation]] during the crossing) and the [[OlderThanTheyLook relativistic effects of such flights]] are noted (particularly in Alonso's case, who's a flight veteran). There are escape pods that are shaped a lot like space capsules for atmospheric reentry, supplies include special canisters for accelerated artificial gestation of animal embryos, the equipment and vehicles of the crew are a very utilitarian mix of low-tech and hi-tech solutions, etc.



** The [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/aliens/images/f/f2/Terrians.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20101227225647 Terrians]] have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head. That's where the similarities end. They're at various points [[BizarreAlienBiology said to resemble plants rather than animals]], and even in one episode it's said the composition of their bodies matches the composition of the planet with which they share a symbiotic relationship. The colonists at one point even compared them to an insect colony, only that the planet itself is the "Queen". They burrow through the ground like a SandWorm, and use a mystical dream plane to communicate with humans. They speak a trilling StarfishLanguage. It's also suggested their ancestors were more human-like than the modern Terrians, and may have been a technological civilization before they evolved into a race of ecotopians. The humans generally have a hard time understanding the Terrians' motivations. The only possessions of the Terrians are their staff-like weapons, apparently capable of channeling sunlight or lightning-like energy as a means of defense. They're not outright {{boom sticks}}, though.

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** The [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/aliens/images/f/f2/Terrians.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20101227225647 Terrians]] have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head. That's where the similarities end. They're at various points [[BizarreAlienBiology said to resemble plants rather than animals]], and even in one episode it's said the composition of their bodies matches the composition of the planet with which they share a symbiotic relationship. The colonists at one point even compared them to an insect colony, only that the planet itself is the "Queen". They burrow through the ground like a SandWorm, and use a mystical dream plane to communicate with humans. They speak a trilling StarfishLanguage. It's also suggested their ancestors were more human-like than the modern Terrians, and may have been a technological civilization before they evolved into a race of ecotopians. The humans generally have a hard time understanding the Terrians' motivations. The only possessions of the Terrians are their staff-like weapons, apparently capable of channeling sunlight or lightning-like energy as a means of defense. They're not outright {{boom sticks}}, stick}}s, though.



* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: True Danziger fits this rather well, having a stubbornly adventurous and independent spirit, but also showing plenty of envy when the team manage to acquire an artificially gestated horse that Uly is eager to ride as soon as it grows. It's ''not'' a pony, but True is quite adamant about wanting a horse of her own (even though Uly is actually willing to share it with her).

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* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: True Danziger fits this rather well, having a stubbornly adventurous and independent spirit, but also showing plenty of envy when the team manage to acquire an artificially gestated horse that Uly is eager to ride as soon as it grows. It's ''not'' ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' [[AllGirlsLikePonies a pony, pony]], but True is quite adamant about wanting a horse of her own (even though Uly is actually willing to share it with her).
18th Mar '16 10:27:36 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* StockEpisodeTitles: "Redemption".
18th Mar '16 10:08:58 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* EasyLogistics: The show ''averts'' this on a regular basis. In [[http://www.planetg889.com/images/thumbs/thumb_pdf.png a period interview]] for an issue of Starlog, Clancy Brown made a nod towards this trope, remarking that "We can't beam out of anyplace. That's what I like about it. We're not dealing with super-intelligent beings who can steal our souls. We're dealing with starvation, disease, frostbite and stuff like that.". The team simply has to work with what it has or what it finds, being cut off from civilisation in a mostly unexplored alien wilderness.

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* EasyLogistics: The show ''averts'' this on a regular basis. In [[http://www.planetg889.com/images/thumbs/thumb_pdf.png com/albums/articles/Starlog_1_1995.pdf a period interview]] for an issue of Starlog, Clancy Brown made a nod towards this trope, remarking that "We can't beam out of anyplace. That's what I like about it. We're not dealing with super-intelligent beings who can steal our souls. We're dealing with starvation, disease, frostbite and stuff like that.". The team simply has to work with what it has or what it finds, being cut off from civilisation in a mostly unexplored alien wilderness.
18th Mar '16 10:07:34 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Averted. See StarfishAliens and StarfishLanguage.



* DesertPunk: The show had elements of this, specifically the constant pressure to find water and other supplies, and the look of the weapons and vehicles.

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* DesertPunk: The show had elements of this, specifically the constant pressure to find water and other supplies, and the look of the weapons and vehicles. In early episodes, Baines even likes wearing an improvised headscarf that helps protect him from the baking sun, making him look almost like a Bedouin in some shots.



* EasyLogistics: The show ''averts'' this on a regular basis. In a period interview, Clancy Brown made a nod at this trope, remarking that the advance team "can't just beam out of trouble every week", and has to work with it has, being cut off from civilisation in a mostly unexplored alien wilderness.

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* EasyLogistics: The show ''averts'' this on a regular basis. In [[http://www.planetg889.com/images/thumbs/thumb_pdf.png a period interview, interview]] for an issue of Starlog, Clancy Brown made a nod at towards this trope, remarking that the advance team "can't just "We can't beam out of trouble every week", anyplace. That's what I like about it. We're not dealing with super-intelligent beings who can steal our souls. We're dealing with starvation, disease, frostbite and stuff like that.". The team simply has to work with what it has, has or what it finds, being cut off from civilisation in a mostly unexplored alien wilderness.



** Gaal shows plenty of this towards the planet's native sapient species, especially the Terrians. He's willing to cooperate with the grendlers for his own gain, but he holds them in equal contempt.

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** Gaal shows plenty of this towards the planet's native sapient species, especially the Terrians. He's willing to cooperate with the grendlers Grendlers for his own gain, but he holds them in equal contempt.



* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: There are no energy weapons in the series, the handguns and the larger, rifle-like Mag Pro guns seem to use electromagnetic acceleration of bullets. They're effectivelly a form of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coilgun coilgun]], with the Mag Pro's name possibly standing for '''Mag'''netically-acclerated '''Pro'''jectile.

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* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: There are no energy weapons in the series, the series. The handguns and the larger, rifle-like [[http://www.earth2.sarahcutter.com/s_baines11.jpg Mag Pro guns guns]] seem to use electromagnetic acceleration of bullets. They're effectivelly a form of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coilgun coilgun]], with the Mag Pro's name possibly standing for '''Mag'''netically-acclerated '''Mag'''netically-accelerated '''Pro'''jectile.



* OhCrap: When the team realises the koba's poisoned claw didn't kill commander O'Neill, just sent him into a deep, but temporary coma. Which isn't great when they've already ''burried him in a grave''. Luckily, he manages to get out of the grave [[spoiler:with some secret help by a pack of grendlers and Gaal]] and reunite with the team. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he is killed by Gaal and the grendlers later in that same episode, after he finds out about their conspiracy against the advance team.]]

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* OhCrap: When the team realises the koba's poisoned claw didn't kill commander O'Neill, just sent him into a deep, but temporary coma. Which isn't great when they've already ''burried him in a grave''. Luckily, he manages to get out of the grave [[spoiler:with some secret help by from a pack of grendlers Grendlers and Gaal]] and reunite with the team. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he is killed by Gaal and the grendlers Grendlers later in that same episode, after he finds out about their conspiracy against the advance team.]]



* OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap: Humanity's space habitat-bound way of life is quite spartan (unless you're really wealthy/influential) and implied to pose serious medical problems and genetic defects in the younger generations of station-born people. Uly is a prominent example of this, being one of the many children suffering from the Syndrome.

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* OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap: OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap:
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Humanity's space habitat-bound way of life is quite spartan (unless you're really wealthy/influential) and implied to pose serious medical problems and genetic defects in the younger generations of station-born people. Uly is a prominent example of this, being one of the many children suffering from the Syndrome.Syndrome.
** True seems adamant about getting a pet, while her father brushes off the question, as if buying a cat cost a real fortune (which it very well might). Once the team is on the surface, true finds and adopts an imp-lie koba as an impromptu pet, which subsequently causes a few added problems. She's later overjoyed when the team briefly gets the chance to keep a horse developed from an embryo by accelerated artificial gestation. Unfortunately, the horse was born with a genetic defect and wouldn't last.



* ProductPlacement: The truck rover, with HUMMER prominently displayed on its grill as it makes its way toward the camera. Something of a peculiar example of this trope, as all the custom-built vehicles built for the series are fictional and the rover didn't even contain HUMMER-produced parts.

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* ProductPlacement: The truck rover, transrover truck, with HUMMER prominently displayed on its grill as it makes its way toward the camera. Something of a peculiar example of this trope, as all the custom-built vehicles built for the series are fictional and the rover didn't even contain HUMMER-produced parts.



** The [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/aliens/images/f/f2/Terrians.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20101227225647 Terrians]] have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head. That's where the similarities end. They're at various points [[BizarreAlienBiology said to resemble plants rather than animals]], and even in one episode it's said the composition of their bodies matches the composition of the planet with which they share a symbiotic relationship. The colonists at one point even compared them to an insect colony, only that the planet itself is the "Queen". They burrow through the ground like a SandWorm, and use a mystical dream plane to communicate with humans. They speak a trilling StarfishLanguage. It's also suggested their ancestors were more human-like than the modern Terrians, and may have been a technological civilization before they evolved into a race of ecotopians. The humans generally have a hard time understanding the Terrians' motivations. The only possessions of the Terrians are their staff-like weapons, apparently capable of channeling sunlight or lightning-like energy as a means of defense.

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** The [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/aliens/images/f/f2/Terrians.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20101227225647 Terrians]] have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head. That's where the similarities end. They're at various points [[BizarreAlienBiology said to resemble plants rather than animals]], and even in one episode it's said the composition of their bodies matches the composition of the planet with which they share a symbiotic relationship. The colonists at one point even compared them to an insect colony, only that the planet itself is the "Queen". They burrow through the ground like a SandWorm, and use a mystical dream plane to communicate with humans. They speak a trilling StarfishLanguage. It's also suggested their ancestors were more human-like than the modern Terrians, and may have been a technological civilization before they evolved into a race of ecotopians. The humans generally have a hard time understanding the Terrians' motivations. The only possessions of the Terrians are their staff-like weapons, apparently capable of channeling sunlight or lightning-like energy as a means of defense. They're not outright {{boom sticks}}, though.


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* StarfishLanguage: ''None'' of the native aliens are capable of reproducing human speech, though the colonists find ways of communicating with them (and, in the case of the Terrians, the Terrians themselves search for ways to communicate).
17th Mar '16 8:07:40 PM ZemplinTemplar
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* TrickedOutGloves: Dr. Heller is frequently seen [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/a4/0d/1e/a40d1ee2835847e83a7fbb80c50f58ed.jpg wearing]] and using her [[PunnyName diaglove]], a medical multitool. (Even the opening titles include a shot of her using it to look over a wounded patient.) Despite the name, the diaglove isn't actually used as a diagnostics tool (that's up to the MD herself), but can do still do incisions, cauterize wounds, take samples, do basic medical scans of visible wounds, and even defibrilate if needed.

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* TrickedOutGloves: Dr. Heller is frequently seen [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/a4/0d/1e/a40d1ee2835847e83a7fbb80c50f58ed.jpg wearing]] and using her [[PunnyName diaglove]], a medical multitool. (Even the opening titles include a shot of her using it to look over a wounded patient.) Despite the name, the diaglove isn't actually used as a diagnostics tool (that's up to the MD herself), but can do still do incisions, cauterize wounds, take samples, do basic medical scans of visible wounds, and even defibrilate if needed.
17th Mar '16 7:51:44 PM ZemplinTemplar
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** Some of the episode titles are references to various other media. E.g. "[[Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth "The Man Who Fell to Earth (Two)]]", "[[Film/NaturalBornKillers Natural Born Grendlers]]", "[[Film/GorillasInTheMist Grendlers in the]] [[VideoGame/{{Myst}}]]", "[[Theatre/TheTempest Brave New Pacifica]]".

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** Some of the episode titles are references to various other media. E.g. "[[Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth "The Man Who Fell to Earth (Two)]]", "[[Film/NaturalBornKillers Natural Born Grendlers]]", "[[Film/GorillasInTheMist Grendlers in the]] [[VideoGame/{{Myst}}]]", [[VideoGame/{{Myst}} Myst]]", "[[Theatre/TheTempest Brave New Pacifica]]".
17th Mar '16 6:17:23 PM ZemplinTemplar
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* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: Played with in the episode "Survival of the Fittest". A recon team gets its buggy damaged, is already out of supplies and has an injured member (Morgan). Then the recon team stumbles upon an underground Grendler hovel with cache. Though the team members are eventually found and helped back to the base camp, they're unwilling to discuss certain details, and [[RashomonStyle their testimonies vary a bit]]. Then Danziger finally confesses he shot the Grendler inhabitant, not in self-defence, but in temptation to get the team some proteen. The team didn't eat one of its members (as they all made it back), but survived by eating some prepared Grendler flesh. So it's cannibalism ''on aliens''. True is then kidnapped by a Grendler who turns out to be the murdered Grendler's spouse. A teary-eyed Danziger begs the male Grendler to forgive him his crime (given the circumstances the team was in) and to spare True, his only child. Though neither species understand each other's speech, the Grendler [[HeartwarmingMoments realises what is being said and forgives Danziger]].

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* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: Played with in the episode "Survival of the Fittest". A recon team gets its buggy damaged, is already out of supplies and has an injured member (Morgan). Then the recon team stumbles upon an underground Grendler hovel with cache. Though the team members are eventually found and helped back to the base camp, they're unwilling to discuss certain details, and [[RashomonStyle their testimonies vary a bit]]. Then Danziger finally confesses he shot the Grendler inhabitant, not in self-defence, but in temptation to get the team some proteen. The team didn't eat one of its members (as they all made it back), but survived by eating some prepared Grendler flesh. So it's cannibalism ''on aliens''. True is then kidnapped [[http://cdn.static.ovimg.com/episode/178085.jpg kidnapped]] by a Grendler who turns out to be the murdered Grendler's spouse. A teary-eyed Danziger begs the male Grendler to forgive him his crime (given the circumstances the team was in) and to spare True, his only child. Though neither species understand each other's speech, the Grendler [[HeartwarmingMoments realises what is being said and forgives Danziger]].



** The Terrians have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head. That's where the similarities end. They're at various points [[BizarreAlienBiology said to resemble plants rather than animals]], and even in one episode it's said the composition of their bodies matches the composition of the planet with which they share a symbiotic relationship. The colonists at one point even compared them to an insect colony, only that the planet itself is the "Queen". They burrow through the ground like a SandWorm, and use a mystical dream plane to communicate with humans. They speak a trilling StarfishLanguage. It's also suggested their ancestors were more human-like than the modern Terrians, and may have been a technological civilization before they evolved into a race of ecotopians. The humans generally have a hard time understanding the Terrians' motivations. The only possessions of the Terrians are their staff-like weapons, apparently capable of channeling sunlight or lightning-like energy as a means of defense.
** The humanoid, but dwarfish and even more non-human Grendlers are another example. Their heads vaguely resemble that of a baby rhino, their tribes are obsessed with curiously scavenging and trading with just about anything (somehting that causes the advance team plenty of headaches as well as fortunate moments) and for some reason, they can get addicted to ''human blood'' (due to parts of its chemical composition). Unlike Terrians, they wear simple and concealing, if slightly ragged clothes. Most of their vocalisations sound like deep-voiced grunts or camel bleats. Despite seeming ugly and sinister at first glance, they're peaceful, goofy and even rather helpful in most of their encounters with the team. Gaal tried to enslave a few of them as his would-be henchmen, but thankfully wasn't much successful. One of the episodes focuses on showing that Grendlers have complex intelligence and thought, and can feel anger and grief on the same level as any human.

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** The Terrians [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/aliens/images/f/f2/Terrians.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20101227225647 Terrians]] have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head. That's where the similarities end. They're at various points [[BizarreAlienBiology said to resemble plants rather than animals]], and even in one episode it's said the composition of their bodies matches the composition of the planet with which they share a symbiotic relationship. The colonists at one point even compared them to an insect colony, only that the planet itself is the "Queen". They burrow through the ground like a SandWorm, and use a mystical dream plane to communicate with humans. They speak a trilling StarfishLanguage. It's also suggested their ancestors were more human-like than the modern Terrians, and may have been a technological civilization before they evolved into a race of ecotopians. The humans generally have a hard time understanding the Terrians' motivations. The only possessions of the Terrians are their staff-like weapons, apparently capable of channeling sunlight or lightning-like energy as a means of defense.
** The humanoid, but dwarfish and even more non-human Grendlers [[http://retrophaseshift.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Grendler.png Grendlers]] are another example. Their heads [[http://image.invaluable.com/housePhotos/profilesinhistory/00/413000/H3257-L40395037.jpg heads]] vaguely resemble that of a baby rhino, their tribes are obsessed with curiously scavenging and trading with just about anything (somehting that causes the advance team plenty of headaches as well as fortunate moments) and for some reason, they can get addicted to ''human blood'' (due to parts of its chemical composition). Unlike Terrians, they wear simple and concealing, if slightly ragged clothes. Most of their vocalisations sound like deep-voiced grunts or camel bleats. Despite seeming ugly and sinister at first glance, they're peaceful, goofy and even rather helpful in most of their encounters with the team. Gaal tried to enslave a few of them as his would-be henchmen, but thankfully wasn't much successful. One of the episodes focuses on showing that Grendlers have complex intelligence and thought, and can feel anger and grief on the same level as any human.
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