While combing through the Memory Alpha wiki for info on a starship class, I for some reason, decided to look up the ‘Arcturans’. Also known as the ‘Arcturians’, they first came to light in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, a creation of makeup/wardrobe designers Fred Phillips and Robert Fletcher. Bipedal humanoids, they had a truly unique appearance thanks to Phillips’ talents.
However, it’s a pair of snippets cited in the above entry–magazine articles from 1980 and 2002 respectively, that really interest me. Briefly describing the background of the race in the context of their appearance and costume design, Fletcher specifically refers to them as a race of clones. Fletcher and Phillips also speculated that they formed the backbone of the Federation’s Infantry, if only because “…..they could clone billions of soldiers overnight.”
I would speculate that, as opposed to the clone troopers from Star Wars, this specific attribute is written into the races’ genetic makeup, much in the same way it is with the Jem’Hadar.
I don’t have to tell you how fascinating this is either. Conveniently enough, there’s very little written about the race besides this. We see casual references in a novel or TV episode or two, but never see any members on screen, let alone in print (at least from what I’ve been able to discover). I’m definitely going to keep them in mind and start brainstorming ways to work them into my universe. The nature of the Federation and Starfleet, as well as what’s been laid down in post-TNG/DS9/VOY TrekLit definitely precludes the idea of creating a vast army overnight (as is the case in Star Wars: Episode II), meaning I’ll have to be careful and deliberate with my brainstorming, but rest assured – they will make an appearance sooner or later 😉