That wasn't because of a desire to keep them out; it was because making them not look stupid takes a lot more work than just adding bumpy foreheads and noses to humans.
Whether or not they succeeded of course is a matter for individual taste, although it appears a lot of people are fairly happy with them. I personally think they did a good job, on both the Caitians and the Kzin--, er, I mean the Ferasans.
I'd say they did a pretty good job making the cat species. They don't look stupid or out of place at all, and especially the way that the male Caitian was made to look is pretty cool.
Show your support for the RevampedGalaxy Class Exploration Cruiser here!
*Me*Why don't you just step away from the weapons console. You and I both know that you couldn't hit that cube, even if it was right in front of us.
*Junior Tactical Officer* But sir the cube IS right in front of us.
*Me* EXACTLY! Its right in front of us and you still missed it! Just step away from the console.
The guy looks like a Starfleet officer no? The uniform looks like it has "Panels and Pockets" and a Loose Knee High style, classic Federation or KDF STO so the guy is the player IMHO.
The lady i believe is Sela. The former Romulan Empress was kidnapped a long time ago and been MIA ever since. During that time, the Dominoun Returned, the Tholains are on the rise, the Terrans are stepping up their game. So that long hair is plausible since we haven't seen her in awhile.
This looks like a PvE Featured Series to me. A rescue op if you will.
Or its a blatent rip off of a Batman Begins wallpaper.