Posts tagged sci fi
Posts tagged sci fi
With what was, perhaps optimistically, titled Android Week now coming to a close, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve hashed out the theory:
Androids, being those robots designed specifically to emulate humans, tend to have pretty normal haircuts (appropriate to the time the production they’re found in was made).
Cyborgs, by contrast, being humans who have taken on robotic aspects (often with no choice in the matter) seem almost overwhelmingly to be bald.
That said, there are always going to be exceptions to the rule, and where I encounter those I’ll be sure to throw them up on the blog for the requisite analysis.
There is one element of the Android/Cyborg conundrum we haven’t yet addressed. The truth is, couldn’t really find anything at all to correlate facial hair among androids and cyborgs. In fact, despite Star Trek's Data's propensity to don a moustache or even a full beard, there's precious little content featuring facial hair bedecked robots (or partially robotic humanoids) that I could find.
While Data’s moustaches seem to fit quite neatly into the almost comical categories offered by villains in old Westerns, the beard itself is a little more of a conundrum. It seems, at first glance, to be some sort of a cross between Abraham Lincoln’s beard (which suits the honesty Data espouses in the series) and Riker’s exemplary beard (which we can only assume Data admires).
With all that out of the way, I can say that I think the shot of the T-800 with a beard is actually Osama Bin Laden’s beard. For reasons I can’t possibly explain, that makes me profoundly uncomfortable.
Goodbye, sweet Android Week. Maybe next year…
Data sports another android haircut that seems to have been designed specifically to help him blend in. It’s a simple, straightforward haircut that, among other things, covers all the makeup necessary to hide LED-addled props in his hair. In a break from the examples offered by androids like the Terminator and Ash from Alien, Data wasn’t designed with a human haircut to surrepticiously blend in so much as to help him acclimatise himelf as a human being.
As a result, there’s a certain uncomfortably mechanical feel to the style. In discussions around Star Trek Online’s character creation options, Data’s haircut has been referred to as “Slicked Back 02” (as opposed to “Slicked Back 01,” which we’re told is “a great Major Kira look).
Data’s physical strangeness (his twitchiness, yellow eyes and skin) is curious precisely because it is his hair that humanises him, in precisely the same way as the Borg Queen’s cyborg baldness sets her apart. Consider the freakiness of a bald Data… it doesn’t even bear thinking about. I can’t help but feel they missed a trick not making Lore bald.
Moreover, it’s interesting to note that Data owns a cat, just like the cat in Alien. Coincidence? Probably, but that’s life.