Species of the week: Salarian

Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Sur’Kesh

Notable members: Mordin Solus, Kallo

Fandom: Mass Effect

The Salarians are a humanoid reptilian species with significant influence in the Milky Way Galaxy. They have an extremely high metabolism which grants them above average intelligence, drawing many to the sciences. The downside to this is they have advanced ages, with few members living past 50.

I’ve been playing a bit of Mass Effect: Andromeda and had fun chatting to the Tempest’s pilot.

Sluggish Reaction: Comic Con 2019

So San Diego Comic Con has come again. I’ve been loosely following the action and thought I’d share my thoughts on some of the panels and reveals.

The first news I picked up was the Star Wars publishing panel which revealed The Rise of Kylo Ren detailing Ben Solo’s fall and clearly featuring the Knights of Ren. It’s written by Charles Soule who’s work on the Darth Vader run has consistently received high praise.

Allegiance was also announced as a preview to the upcoming film. I’m most intrigued by the Mon Calamari character next to Rose. The previously announced Resistance Reborn is set to feature the Resistance recruiting the Mon Calamari so this could connect to that. My hope is that this character is Ackbar’s nephew and takes up his mantle. Also Rey fighting a monster looks awesome!!

Unsurprisingly Marvel came out swinging with this Timeline. It’s interesting to see them drop to two movies a year from the three we’re used to and to see TV ranked alongside big screen releases.

Naturally most of the attention went to Natalie Portman taking the role of Thor. It’s hard to nail down what I’m most excited about – I don’t really get hyped for Marvel films any more – I just know I’ll enjoy them when I see them!! If I had to pick I’d say Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness because I love the ’60s comic sound of the title.

Also the mention of Fantastic Four, Blade and ‘mutants’ shows that Marvel will be alive and kicking for some time to come.

I hate the whole talk of ‘winning’ Comic Con but the standout for me was the trailer for Picard. I’m not a Trekkie but watching TNG every evening is very memorable for me so seeing a new show with classic elements got me really excited!!

Ok that’s all I’ve got – no doubt I’ve missed something important out. Let me know in the comments!

Species of the week: Kyuzo

Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Phatrong

Notable members: Embo, Sergeant Zuvio

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: The Clone Wars, The Force Awakens

The Kyuzo are a green-skinned race from the deep core. Their homeworld has a strong gravity field leading to the species having greater strength and speed than most beings. The Kyuzo were known for their warriors with their code of honour and distinctive armoured helmets.

I’ve enjoyed the fun-hype of Zuvio from Heath Williams on Twitter but then seeing Embo in action in the clone wars got me more hyped for the species and the character and I do hope we see more of them in future content.

Species of the week: Cosian


Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Cosia

Notable Members: Tera Sinube

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearance: The Clone Wars


Cosians were a reptilian species with beaked mouths. They were humanoid but for their stooped stature and long tails. Perhaps their most famous member was the Jedi Master Tera Sinube. At some point in their history the Cosians genetically modified their own race to create the Nu-Cosians in order to colonise the world Cos Secundu. 

I’m really enjoying seeing an influx of original species in the second season of The Clone Wars. I really liked the design of Ione Marcy as well but I couldn’t include her because her species doesn’t have a name yet

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Species of the week: Twi’lek

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Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Ryloth

Notable members: Aayla Secura, Bib Fortuna, Suu Lawquane

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: Basically everything!


Twi’leks were a common sight across the galaxy. Coming from the impoverished world of Ryloth they were frequently the target of slavers due to their attractiveness to many other species. Twi’lek physiology was compatible with other species, including humans, and they could produce offspring with shared genetic traits.

I enjoyed the Clone Wars episode ‘The Deserter’with the Clone who’d settled down with a Twi’lek wife and their two children with mostly Twi’lek features apart from their shortened Lekku. I found this really interesting, especially as Jacen Syndulla has predominantly human features despite being half Twi’lek. I’ve never liked the designation ‘near-human’ given to people like Dryden Vos but if this cross-breeding is common across the galaxy then it is unsurprising that there are a number of beings who don’t quite fit into a set species. I do not envy the work of a Star Wars galaxy immigration officer!!

Species of the week: Astran


Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Astra

Notable members: Crixon

Fandom: Marvel [MCU]

Appearances: Agents of SHIELD


Astrans were a powerful and widespread species with significant influence. They were humanoid with green skin and metallic bone protrusions that varied from member to member. They were politically in league with the Kree and four other races in an alliance called the Confederacy. The confederacy leader Crixon promised Earth protection from Thanos in exchange for Gravitonium and Inhuman warriors they could control but they never intended to keep their end of the bargain. Astrans were a common sight across the galaxy with a number present on the planet Kitson.

I’ve been enjoying the latest season of SHIELD, which seems to be mixing the fun Earth-bound adventure vibe of earlier runs with the darker space adventure of season 5. I do like the mix of aliens they are bringing in on their TV budget with just enough to sell the alien worlds mixed in with a number of races that look just like humans!!