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Kinetic energy generates the velocity with which the bullet exits the barrel, while the ballistic coefficient and sectional density determines the damage to its targets. Guns don't kill people, physics kills people!

–Dick Solomon

Dick Solomon
Dick Solomon


Male (in human form)




High Commander
Physics Professor


Sally Solomon (Sister)
Harry Solomon (Brother)
Tommy Solomon (Son)

First Appearance

Brains and Eggs

Final Appearance

The Thing That Wouldn't Die (Part 2)

Portrayed By

John Lithgow

Dick Solomon is the High commander and Head of the mission. Although his earthly body is the oldest, and the "father figure", he is actually the youngest, and not like a father figure at all. He is annoying, rude, selfish, rash, impatient and narcissistic, often looking in the mirror screaming "OH MY GOD! I'M GORGEOUS!" After a while, the other members of the mission lose respect for him, disobeying orders, but never direct orders, though they may rebel and yell at him.

His job is a Physics professor at Pentleton University, where he met his girlfriend, Mary Albright for whom he has "undying love." He is madly in love with Mary, and does care about her, even though he is sort of confused about common courtesy and will sometimes by mistake offend or annoy her.

On earth, Dick is considered brilliant, but in actuality his "son", Tommy the Information Officer, knows much more. On Earth, he is considered smart, because Dick knowing so much about earth is sort of like an earthling knowing about a city or town. They have come 3 million galaxies from their home planet, so earth is very small to them. He demonstrates his knowledge of many languages, and has laughed at Stephen Hawkings' description of virtual particles. He has called himself smarter than Einstein.

Dick poses as the brother of Harry Solomon and Sally Solomon, and the father of Tommy. Though it has earlier been said that Sally was Dick's daughter they remain brother and sister. Which, since Dick was 45 and Sally was in her 30's, would make sense.

It is later revealed that Dick is the son of The Big Giant Head, who is the crew's boss. Sally implies that that is the reason he became High Commander and not her, although she is older and has more credentials.


Dick is the High Commander of a group of extra-terrestrials who came to earth to study humanity and the father figure of the Solomon family. However, he is in reality anything but this, being obnoxious, egotistical, and often selfish and uncaring. Dick is very narcissistic and enjoys flouting his High Commander status to his team. He commands respect, admiration and total loyalty from his team, although as the series progresses they begin to lose respect for him but remain loyal.

Being a superior being from 3 million galaxies away, Dick is considered exceptionally intelligent and brilliant. He is apparently fluent in all Earth languages, although this is a trait the whole team shares. His understanding of physics is more advanced than can be found on Earth. His superior knowledge gives him an arrogant demeanor, as he has openly laughed at Stephen Hawkings' description of vertical particles and has called himself smarter than Einstein.

Also Dick is inconsiderate which often manifests in offensive ways. His ignorance of racism and racial history often results in his appearing grossly insensitive. His innocence in these matters is so complete that others are more likely to perceive his actions as intentionally dismissive, despite being merely naive. Dick is also completely aware of his inconsiderate and hurtful nature. He is also very proud of this and even proclaims "why can't we all just not get along?!"

As pointed out by himself Dick is very much like a child, being excited and impressed by the smallest things, totally lacking in social protocol and experiencing emotions such as anger, jealousy and hate for the first time and being dazzled by them.

As the series progresses we see that Dick has two strong relationships. One of them is with his team, the Solomon family, who have been on countless missions with him. As their time on earth continues they become less like a unit and more of a family, constantly being there for one another and at least attempting to be supportive of one another. Despite their bond being strained Dick loves them deeply and shows his caring, sympathetic and occasionally even selfless side of his personality towards them. For example when the Alien Hunter held him and the rest of the Solomon's hostage he was even attempting to sacrifice himself for his family's safety.

However despite this he was not above controlling their lives as shown when he tried to stop Sally from moving out, stop Harry from imregnating Vicki and tried to force Tommy to attend a school that he was obviously miserable at so his public image could arise, he also tried to trick Tommy into coming back home from college. This wanting of no-one to leave the nest and for the Solomons to stick together could be a subconscious way of acting as a father figure and merely covers it with a selfish facade.

His second strongest relationship is with Doctor Mary Albright, an anthropologist at Pendleton University and his girlfriend whom he loves with all of his heart and the person he at least attempts to act human around the most. Dick was very loyal and dedicated to Mary another person who he showed his more compassionate side to however he was still annoying and rude around her but he instantly tried to make up for his behaviour, he was so in love with her he even risked revealing the Solomons as aliens so he wouldn't lose Mary.

At the start however Dick only loved Mary from afar and mooned over her night and day. Dick suffered from mild obsessive love as shown when Albright made it painfully clear that she was not interested in any form of a romantic relationship but he still obsessed and fantasized her, even after their engagemeant was destroyed Dick still chased after Mary, he was also jealous and bitter towards her exes and possible romantics.

Over his time on Earth Dick began to actually care for the planet and it's people and begins to see everything as more than a mission and twice saved it from Liam Neesom and finally began to understand what it meant to be a human.

Early Life

Not much is known about the early life of Dick Solomon. He is the son of the Big Giant Head and an alien from the Cepheus-Draco border. While Mary was growing up, Dick worked as a color spectrum particle separator at the Assemblage Dome on the Home World ("Youth is Wasted on the Dick"). He is also the High Commander of a military unit consisting of a security officer, Sally Solomon, an information officer, Tommy Solomon, and a transmitter, Harry Solomon. Sally is also his second in command.

Coming To EarthEdit

Dick came to Earth and got a job as a physics professor at Pendleton State University, a 3rd rate university. He rented a 3rd rate apartment, and bought a Rambler American, which he quickly developed an emotional connection with. He also fell madly in love with his coworker Mary Albright, professor of anthropology, who in time fell in love with him as well.

Studying HumansEdit

After a while, Dick slowly became more familiar with humans, and was able to blend in a little better. His assistant Nina Campbell, for instance, believed he was human, albeit a very immature one, but it was not just Nina, everyone else believed it as well. He learned many things in his time on earth, he learned about love and sensitivity, and even anger and happiness. Dick even had a near death experience which opened his eyes to the world for a short time.

The Big Giant Head VisitsEdit

In 1999 the Big Giant Head came to Earth to see how the mission was faring. He went with the alias of Stone Philips, and succeeded in making everyone he met despise him. The exception was Vicki Dubcek, daughter of Mrs. Mamie Dubcek, with whom he conceived a child. This caused Dick to worry about being exposed as an alien. The Big Giant Head also reassigned Sally to be the High Commander and Dick to be Harry's assistant. Dick, however, soon changed this by tricking Sally into saying she would rather be the security officer.


Dick had relationships with several people. His chief relationship was with Mary Albright. He also posed as the husband of Janet Solomon, the niece of the Big Giant Head (and therefore his cousin.) Another short relationship was with Jennifer Ravelli, another professor at the university.

Alternate UniverseEdit

In the two-part episode "Dick'll Take Manhattan" Dick was a big shot criminal lawyer with a huge Manhattan studio apartment overlooking the city. In his only court case shown he was arrogant as usual and sucked up to the judge who was Nina his assistant in the other universe. In this alternate universe Dick who after searched for her in many universities met the alternate Marry who was a singer for a downtown bar. After a difficult attempt he swooned the alternate Mary and almost dragged her over to the other universe but for some reason forgot about it and left without her.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Dick Solomon was portrayed by actor John Lithgow.

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