Monday, June 6, 2011

Invid's Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Alien Species #14

131. Cacop. You remember that guy from Episode I who got un-elected due to Senator-then-Chancellor Palpatine's machinations? Terence Stamp or something? He apparently broke up a corruption ring on the Cacops' homeworld, Veccacopia, which relied on the Cacops being visually indistinguishable to outsiders.

Kinda typical, but it works and is creative, even if it was totally unnecessary to get backstory on that guy.

Rating: 2/5. We know basically nothing else about them, but that's a pretty decent exploration of how a species might use such a characteristic against outsiders.

132. Calian. "Primitives" who can't speak the galactic tongue (Basic/English), yet still use repulsorcraft and blasters?

Who remarkably resemble humans?

Who have a stupid stereotypical ability based on a racist assumption about Wookiees?

And who were actually a means for Marvel to use repurposed art produced for their lost license for John Carter of Mars in a Star Wars comic?

What the flip?

Rating: 0/5. This never happened. Never.

133. Calibop. Calibops are giant dirty bird people. One of them was president of the universe boss of the galaxy Chief of State of the New Republic for a while.

Rating: 3/5. We don't know much about them, but they first appeared in a Zahn book, and you know how I feel about those (if you've been here for a while, anyway).

134. Cannolite. Cannolites use common locks that most people found unopenable (unless, presumably, excessive force is involved). This has something to do with their culture.

Rating: 2/5. I kind of like but also kind of dislike this. I find it hard to believe that someone of another species couldn't be trained to use their locks, at least.

135. Cantrosian. A scratch from a Cantrosian's paw will cause Cantrosian scratch fever.

Wait a minute, we're not to "c-a-t" yet! What's up with the cat alien?

Rating: 1/5. "Cantrosian scratch fever?" Weak.

136. Caridan. Caridans are bandylegged dudes from Carida, a planet used as a stormtrooper training world because of its higher than average gravity.

Their legs are long and thin, and their bodies are heavy. And they live on a planet with heavy gravity.

Who thought this up?!

Rating: 1/5. Learn some physics, Mr. Anderson.

137. Carosite. Limited reproductive capacity turned the Carosites into a race of pacifistic doctors. "Each" Carosite can only reproduce twice in its lifetime, with a litter of up to six.

Wait, that's limited?

Rating: 1/5. I'm still trying to figure that one out...

138. Carthasian. Carthasians are cool-looking. They're also involved in one of Star Wars' relatively few canonical time travel stories, but we won't hold that against them.

Rating: 3/5. We know little about them, but like I say: They look cool.

139. Cathar. The Cathar have two subspecies, big bulky ones (surely by coincidence, all of them seem to be male) and smaller, more humanoid ones (surely also by coincidence, all of them seem to be female). They're also cat people.

Coincidence my eye.

Rating: 2/5. Um, because they're better than Cantrosians?

140. Catuman. Cat people who were natural mercenaries... Okay, just no.

Rating: 1/5. I like cats, but there are entirely too many warrior cat races in Star Wars alone, not merely science fiction/fantasy/space opera as a whole.

And I thought last time was bad.

-Signing off.

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