Focus on Andorians in Star Trek Fan Fiction

Focus on Andorians

Andorians are just plain fun.

Focus

A focus Barking up the Muse Tree | Janet Gershen-Siegel | jespah | Focus Magnifying Glass | Andorians (unlike a spotlight) is an in-depth look at a Star Trek fanfiction canon item and my twist(s) on it.

Of course, all of fan fiction is like that, but the idea here is to provide a window into how a single canon concept can be used in fan fiction.

Star Trek Enterprise did one thing extremely well, which is that it gave audiences a good, solid look at Andorians, a canon alien species that has been around back to The Original Series, about fifty years ago.

Background – Andorians

The look of Andorians has changed over time, as advancements in makeup and prosthetic technology have made the blue-skilled antennaed aliens look more and more real.

Focus on Andorians
Shran

Shran is easily the most fully-realized of all Andorians ever shown in the series, if not canon.

One thing that Shran does is, he engages in casual racial prejudice, often referring to Jonathan Archer as “pinkskin”. Interestingly enough, these scenes were never filmed (so far as I am aware) in the presence of Anthony Montgomery or any other non-Caucasian actors on the show.

He even passes his prejudice onto his daughter, Talla, even though she is an AndorianAenar hybrid and is the color of pea soup.

Occurrences

Half

While there are Andorians in the Barnstorming series, the main occasion for showing them is in this short story. To dovetail with Shran’s casual prejudice, I made the entire species (more or less) like that. And so Talla, who is half and half, is bullied at school. In order to shout down her persecutors, she claims that her father still has the Teneebian Amethyst. And that’s when things get difficult ….

Upshot

Andorians are a fascinating canon species, and I’d love to showcase them more. At some point, I’ll try to find a place for them, and not just in contrast to the related Aenar.

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9 thoughts on “Focus on Andorians in Star Trek Fan Fiction”

  1. Yes the Andorians are a great species to write for, It was a great shame we didn’t see more of them in TNG/DS9 Era, so wecould see how they’ve changed over the centuries.

  2. Nice look at the Andorians, who are among the more enigmatic alien races of the Trek universe, who I’ve delved into with my own fanon.

  3. I love the Andorians! I think E1981 used the right word in describing them as enigmatic – especially given that as much known as they were in the Trek verse they were little fleshed out – until ENT that is.

    Shran works as a terrific insight into the Andorian culture and species and yet works as an individual too who happens to be Andorian. However, there is something very appealing about the Andorians as a culture. I suppose given the unknowns it leaves a lot of wriggle room for fan fiction exploration.

    I know I’ve enjoyed exploring some aspects of it all with my Aegolius Harrier captain Cyste Ryaenn and her tactical officer. The fighting styles in particular got a focus that had a sort of samurai styling to it in some regards. I’ve also toyed some with an Andorian Border Patrol captain in the post-ENT Romulan War era and I have to get back to that series and give AnKorr the love and legacy as one of the first Andorians in Starfleet and Border Patrol.

    My next project is to include an Andorian officer in a TOS era setting. Obviously a Border Dog, this is me!

    1. Truth is, I’ve had a better time of visualizing Aenar (Josie O’Connor) than Andorians. Here’s yet another place where the premature cancellation of ENT really failed the fan base. We need more Andorian culture!

      Looking forward to seeing your Border Dog Andorian. 🙂

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