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The seconds seem like hours as the alien vessel looms over the helpless Enterprise, its forecastle glowing brightly. Finally, Uhura breaks the tension.
Uhura: "Captain, we are being hailed by the alien captain."
Everyone on Enterprise's bridge exhales simultaneously; you realize that you too had been holding your breath. "On screen."
The alien is an ugly green almost-bug, with wrinkly skin and large black eyes. Although obviously humanoid (two long arms, two skinny legs, and an almost perfectly round hairless head), the creature does not resemble any member of the Federation. Its facial skin swings from its jowls as it comes directly to the point.
Alien: "State your business."