Many alien looks in Star Trek essentially comprise a forehead
make-up or some spots painted into the face. This is the method of choice under
technical and budgetary production restraints, because
the face is the foremost distinguishing mark among human beings and hence
between humans and alien species as well. But there is one other body part that is
with special alien make-up: the hand. This small article provides an overview
of the variations of hands that could be seen in Star Trek.
Most humanoid aliens have five fingers just like humans.
species have vacuum cups on their fingertips.
One Bolian in "Star Trek: First
Contact" has fingers that look unnaturally long. He may be the
only Bolian with this trait. The fingers are never clearly visible in
the very movie, the picture is a scan from the Fact Files
and probably shows a cut scene or a photo made at the set ("Star
Trek: First Contact").
There are some more
variations among the aliens with five fingers.
A Zaldan bumps into Wesley and starts to insult the boy without reason, ostentatiously showing his
webbed fingers. Wesley recognizes that it is a part of his Academy entrance exam. Knowing that Zaldans hate courtesy, he complains
to the man about his bad manners (TNG: Coming of Age").
Bolian fingernails are darker in the
crescent-shaped area in which human nails are brighter. Note that on the
picture the blue make-up on the little finger is already partially gone
(VOY: "Learning Curve").
with Other than Five Fingers
Certainly one way to create a distinct alien look is to give a species more
than five fingers or less.
fingers per hand seem to be a very rare trait.
The inhabitants of Tarchannen III have three
fingers (and three toes). It is one of the first steps in the
transformation process into such a creature that the three central
fingers of an affected humanoid grow together (TNG: "Identity