WEEKEND OPEN BAR: Close Encounters of the Awesome Kind!
[WEEKEND OPEN BAR: The one-stop ramble-about-anything weekend post at OL. Comment on the topic at hand. Tell us how drunk you are. Describe a comic you bought. This is your chance to bring the party.]
Love `em or fear `em, there’s no denyin’ that extraterrestrials are an absolute fixture of our pop-culture consciousness.
Aliens have been depicted in variety of forms, from the benevolent bestowers of universal knowledge that helped build the pyramids to the nefarious sons-of-bitches that ruined Jeff Goldblum’s Fourth of July. Some spacemen want to go home. Others just want to call their folks. And the worst of `em want to kill Danny Glover.
Coming from outer-space (and thus being the most foreign specimens imaginable), aliens are elicit more fear, joy, and awe than anything on Earth. Who amongst us hasn’t looked to the skies and wondered whether or not we’d be visited by someone – or something – from beyond? You might’ve been inspired or horrified or curious, but I have no doubt that the thought’s crossed your mind.
So, the prompt for our open-bar: Who is your favorite extraterrestrial?
For the last few years, I’ve been enamored of Ziltoid the Omniscient.
Ziltoid is a guitar-playin’, dimension-traversin’ nerd who decides to invade the Earth after being unimpressed with its coffee. Ziltoid’s quest leads him to ask the Omnidimensional Creator about the true nature of reality. The Omnidimensional Creator is a laid back dude, and he tries to convince Ziltoid that he needs to relax. But alas, Ziltoid persists and is eventually made privy to the unsettling nature of his existence.
Additionally, this all takes place within the rockin’ confines of a Devin Townsend album.
So which aliens are favorites amongst the OL faithful? The Martians of Mars Attacks? Vonnegut’s Tralfamadorians? Galactus?
Who is your favorite extraterrestrial?