When presented with the “sinking of the titanic” or the “reign of the pharaohs” in a museum, you encounter protected, curated historical artifacts and detailed, digitized storyline renderings.
When you encounter alien museums, they appear cobbled together by an amateur, often using a Xerox machine and hot glue. The budget craft leans into kitsch, undermining credibility.
Would enhancing the display to align with high-budget blockbusters create easier acceptance through a mainstream aesthetic?
Or is homemade production the key to alien culture’s resilience? By eschewing the mainstream, it opens itself to outsiders, using its cheapness as camouflage to maintain a joking persistence over short-lived seriousness.