Deadly shape-shifting aliens on the sci-fi adventure ENTERPRISE/UPN/2001-2005.
The Suliban are recurring villains who debuted on the two-hour
pilot episode "Broken Bow" that aired September 26, 2001. They are
a primitive humanoid species from Sector 3641, but some of their
species are obsessed with genetic enhancement and follow orders
from a yet unknown leader situated somewhere in the near future.
The Suliban's initial incursion was to incite a civil war on the
Klingon home world. They tried to kill Klaang, a Klingon warrior
who carried genetically encoded information that proved Suliban
guilt in the matter but Starfleet Captain Archer (Scott Bakula)
thwarted their plans.
The Suliban's "skeletal restructuring
ability" enables them to turn their arms, legs and wrists 360
degrees and squeeze through cracks in the wall or slide under
doors. Their skin has a pimply texture yet exhibit chameleon-like
qualities. Hence, the Suliban can think their clothing into being
and change themselves into other forms. Essentially, the Suliban
can re-arrange their DNA to do anything.
The anatomy of the rouge Suliban has been drastically altered: five bronchial lobes instead
of three, alveoli clusters modified to process different kinds of
atmospheres, subcutaneous pigment sacs, a bio-mimetic garment, and
Not all the Suliban are enemies, however. A
Suliban female named Sarin exposed a militant group of Suliban
called the "Kabal" lead by Silik who take their orders from the
future. They have received genetic engineering in exchange for
their participation in a temporal cold war. Sadly, Sarin was
killed while helping Archer and company escape.
On episode "Cold
Front," a Suliban named Silik (who first appeared on episode
"Broken Bow") helped save the Enterprise from destruction from a
fanatical time traveler whose hidden agenda was to alter the
course of history. But can Silik really be trusted? Luckily, the
Suliban bio-signs can be detected on little hand-held devices
operated by Starfleet personnel. And the Suliban can be
constrained by force fields.
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