Whether it be Mass Effect or Guardians of the Galaxy, every alien seems to have a human being’s general physique. And it’s starting to grate on my nerves.
In Mass Effect, all of the aliens are human-shaped, to some degree. Only the weirdest of the mix, the Krogan, managed to differentiate themselves enough to look somewhat “alien”, but even they shared a humanoid shape.
In Guardians of the Galaxy, literally every alien is a human, albeit with different colors of body paint sprayed on. Some blue people, some green people, etc. But no one actually appears to be alien. Groot is as close as we get to a truly unique intergalactic organism, and even he shares obvious similarities to his Arbor Day brethren.
Thinking more on the matter, the last alien I remember really being wowed by was the xenomorph from, you guessed it, the movie Alien.
What I’m trying to say is, why are there no unique, different looking fictitious alien species in sci-fi? Feel free to sound off in the comments, as I’m dying to get an answer to this perpetually aggravating question.