The ubiquity of the bowl cuts made it look as if TNG producers spent money on a dozen or so cheap-looking but nevertheless expensive polyester wigs and by god, they were going to use them, endlessly, in constant rotation.
|Posted: 10 December 2018 at 9:28pm | IP Logged | 7
The bumpy forehead aesthetic was tiresome beyond measure on the all of the spin-offs, TNG especially, but the wigs were often even more appalling.
In the case of the Vulcans and Romulans, it was almost as if the costume and make-up people hated the idea of having to conform to someone else's design, and simply threw together whatever and let it go at that. Dr. Selar's appearance should have been an embarrassment to everyone involved. Most fan costumes looked better.
The oh-so-Eighties-so-why-are-we-still-wearing-them-in-the-Ninet ies Romulan outfits didn't help, either. Padded shoulders meets Disco. It was as if the Romulans were invading from Planet Dynasty.
TNG and the spin-offs were utterly and completely tone-deaf on the topic of Vulcans and Romulans. It was as if they simply did not understand anything about them and resented the notion they were forced to deal with them at all. Given what we got, I'd have been happier if they'd simply left them alone entirely.*
* T'Pol not withstanding. I don't know who put a gun to the wig guy's head and told him to leave her out of one, but that person is the only reason, the sole and solitary reason Enterprise made it past its premiere.