Sophontologist’s Log Stardate 4317.2 Lt. Birdsong recording.
Arrived on the twin sunned planet Mor-Tax for a routine visit, and a chance to meet a friendly non-humanoid species.
The Mor-Taxans are a technologically advanced but poorly understood, species at the border of Federation space. I hoped to try out my psycho-tricorder to gain more insight into their mental processes. Lt. Moggie and Lt. Whittle accompanied me to the surface, and contact proceeded without incident as the Mor-Taxans agreed to give us a tour, including their power generation plant.
Our tour guide, Ullar accompanied us to the plant when we got a call from the Quasar that multiple unidentified spacecraft had dropped out of warp and were headed to our location.
It wasn’t long before the unknown spacecraft dropped down to the surface of the planet and attacked.
An unknown race with unidentified technology.
We evacuated the area with Ullar her 2 children and a couple of her eggs.
Mor-Taxan forces are working to repel the invasion, while the landing party is caught in the crossfire.
One liberty I've taken here with George Pal's martian design is the legs. The original Martian had no legs at all, so artists have been trying to imagine them for all these years. I've seen them with 2 legs, I've seen them with six legs and suction cupped toes... But to me, the unique shoulder design of the Martians was too unusual to ignore. It's almost a crustacean sort of joint, with heavy muscles set in a bone or chitin sort of dome moving the arm around rather like a joy stick in a pit. I had to mirror that for their legs, making them somewhat spider-like. With, of course, three legs to move around on, because it fits in with Martian Tripods and would give them enough mobility to move as fast as they did in the original movie.
(Okay, so that was the martian being pulled out of shot on a dolly, much to the shock of the guy in the suit, but they sure moved fast as far as the movie was concerned!)
Edit: The amazing Bill Redfern added this followup: