Spotlight on Nokarid
I also hit upon, for More, More, More! what I thought was perhaps the perfect humorous opening line, “It all began with a bad meatball.”
Because, you see, the aliens were meant to be microscopic, yet sentient. They would be smart enough to have a civilization and a culture, but too small to be seen with the naked eye.
In retrospect, the Nokarid are precursors to the colony alien (or Var-gi-yeh, if you are in the Mirror Universe) species of which Branch Borodin is the sole member. They are a colony, to be sure, but there is really nothing known about them. Richard Daniels refers to them as being somewhat endangered although that might be more a function of their overall size.
By accident, Jonathan Archer swallows the entire colony. How they get into his meatball is never explained. But they are pretty hardy little things if they survived the cooking process. Once inside, they attempt to colonize their new quarters – his brain. As Daniels works to remove the colonists and not kill them (or tell Phlox that they are there, for first contact is supposed to happen later), the effects on Archer’s brain become apparent as the man loosens up and starts to become a bit of a comedian.
I only used them once, and so they are the epitome of a one-shot “Alien of the Week”. I think I would like to bring them back, although I am unsure as to how.
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