Ta'ra - Beautiful blue-eyed,
blonde female alien featured on the sci-fi series SOMETHING IS OUT
THERE/NBC/1988. Reluctantly teamed with Jack Breslin (Joe Cortese),
a Los Angeles police detective, Ta'ra (Maryam d'Abo), a medical
officer from the alien prison spaceship
desperately sought the capture of a dangerous Xenomorph, a
scorpion-shaped creature (in its natural form) that escaped from
her spacecraft and took refuge on Earth. Tracking the monster was
difficult because it camouflaged itself by taking possession of
human bodies (shapeshifting).
Ta'ra's skills with mind-reading and
levitation and the detective's knowledge of Earth gave them an
arsenal of weapons to track down the sinister creature before it
killed again. Ta'ra eventually tracks the Xenomporph back to
the Angelon. In a last ditch effort to kill the beast, she
crashes the craft into earth's ocean. But her decision leaves her
stranded on our planet.
A unique feature of Ta'ra's race were her hands. On
her planet, hands were the focus of sexual activity, so when Jack
attempted to shake her hand, it was an encounter of the no-no kind.
Ta'ra's other peculiarities included:
- When Ta'ra drank coffee, she got blitzed on the caffeine and began
to act like a drunk.
- She gets sexually aroused by watching the TV
series "Crime Story" (coincidentally another NBC series).
- Retiring for the day, she sleeps in the nude "I cannot sleep
in garments. It would be unnatural and uncomfortable to me." Once when
Jack was staring at Ta'ra's sexy black jumpsuit Ta'ra read his mind
and remarked "You want to do WHAT! with my body?"
The Ta'ra character first
appeared in the May 1988 NBC miniseries "Something Is Out There."
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