I watched Aliens for the nth time recently when it occurred to me: how would Kirk, Picard and the rest deal with them? None of the ST series that I know of have dealt with a nonsentient race with the same kind of bloodthirsty instincts of the Aliens. They’d be totally unprepared for the steps they would have to take to combat such a race. How do you think they would react?
[From the ship] Picard: “We should try to communicate with them.”
[On the planet ] Ensign Deadmeat: “Good idea, sir!” (To the Alien) “Hello, we’re from the ARRRGH!!”
Picard: “Dammit! Send down another ensign to see what happened to him!”
Ensign Deadmeat’s dumber brother: “Good idea, sir! Do I need a phaser?”
Picard: “No, we don’t know what happened. But stay alert!”