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LT.BLT
Sun, Nov 25, 2018, 5:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Deadlock

In the future women will still be lying on their backs with legs in stirrups pushing a baby out into the hands of an arrogant, condescending, balding white man while sweating, screaming and trembling with pain. It’s comforting to know the status of women will never change!
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LT.BLT
Sat, Nov 24, 2018, 10:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Emanations

I was an atheist asshole far before I heard of Star Trek, and a Trekhead long before I ever heard of Richard Dawkins. This does not stop me from being in love with Elliot.
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Sat, Nov 24, 2018, 12:26am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Remember

If you don’t understand why B’Elanna was chosen for the memories over mush mouth Kes or practical to a fault Kathryn, suffice it to say you don’t understand B’Elanna.

B’Elanna is love. B’Elanna is life. And B’Elanna doesn’t know when to shut up.
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Thu, Nov 22, 2018, 11:48am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Once Upon a Time

It might be “cliché” but it’s a way of life for kids whose parents are in dangerous situations frequently (military/police/first responders etc). Day after day your parents are in situations that you don’t understand and you have to accept they may not be coming back. But they do come back, you have a tearful reunion, but soon the “cliché” will play out again. Or it won’t be a cliché and they die or are wounded horribly. The stupid things Harry said to Neelix struck me the most. That Naomi is lucky to have seen nebulae and such. That is such a denialist thing to say that I’ve heard civilians say so many times. The best thing for a child is a stable home with real lifelong friends and family connections they can count on. Neelix screams this at Captain Janeway but she doesn’t really listen and blames it on Neelix’s trauma. I like this episode because it has such a resonance in the life of a military child. Oh and “brats” as we are called are often considered more mature than our civilian peers because of our extensive “life experience.”
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LT.BLT
Sat, Nov 17, 2018, 9:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

The controversy is fake. Tuvix made a big silly contrived fuss about being separated and Tuvok and Neelix being his “parents.” They weren’t his parents they literally and totally comprised his entire being. That’s why he picked the name “Tuvix” and not a unique name the way a child receives a name. That’s why he continues to live out the lives of the two men who he is.

He is a living portmanteau of two people who are not dead. Since Tuvok and Neelix comprise Tuvix and Tuvix is alive, Tuvok and Neelix must also be alive. He doesn’t care to be separated but that’s just too bad since he has no established right to remain joined at the expense of the two beings he is made of. He was not murdered or killed, because the two beings that comprised him remained alive. The best that can be said is that his physical being and consciousness were involuntarily separated. Perhaps that is uncomfortable or not preferable but it is not murder or death.

The most comparable situation in real life would be separating conjoined twins before they have a chance to decide if they prefer to remain conjoined. In such a case perhaps the twins were robbed of certain rights but neither was killed because their conjoined existence has ended. It’s not a great example because conjoined twins have separate consciousnesses but that’s as close as we can get.

All the hollering of MURDER BLOODY MURDER is unnecessary and inaccurate moral posturing. It’s not murder because no one was killed or even died, and it wasn’t unlawful because there are no laws pertaining to accidentally joined persons.

At most it’s morally ambiguous as to which life-form Tuvix should take and who should make the choice especially since Tuvok and Neelix couldn’t speak individually any longer. It’s a Starfleet ship in a weird situation with no access to upper management so the ranking officer made a decision to return her crewmen to their former nonconjoined state. She did not kill anyone or resurrect anyone... in fact considering all the ways people have been conjoined and separated in Star Trek history it was a normal day.
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Sat, Nov 17, 2018, 6:20am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: State of Flux

1. Seska doesn’t look or act Bajoran. She exudes evil and cruelty. She never struggles morally and is always willing to break the rules/do wrong no matter what the cost.

2. Her lying and manipulating is transparent. Her face contorts constantly to match whatever emotion she’s trying to portray.

3. Carey has no motive to contact the Kazon. Torres being promoted over him is not a motive to give the Kazon a replicator. Being mad about something doesn’t constitute a motive for just any action, it has to have some relevance. Seska has a motive because she disagrees with Janeway’s decision not to ally with the

4. It was painful to watch Chakotay fall for her transparent lies just because he thinks she’s hot.

5. It is highly unusual for women to wander off alone into caves.
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Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 11:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Covenant

What is this implication that Mika is a “mistress”? Dukat says privately to her that what happened between them was a moment of weakness and Mika says she forgives him. Guys, dudes, my bros...that’s not an affair, it was a rape, which are (I guess shockingly) common in cults and in wartime. The “comfort women” provided to Cardassian officers we’re not Bajoran teenagers who had crushes on Cardassians and wanted to try them out. They were handpicked sex slaves who had no choice in their “occupation.” Mika was not Dukat’s “mistress” she was his victim. And it’s clear from his character history and the disturbing way he treats Nerys that this is a pattern for him.
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Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 5:41am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Extreme Measures

“They’re gonna genocide US so we have to genocide THEM FIRST.”

The fact is the Federation by way of Section 31 had already planned to kill off the Founders before there was even one mention of eradicating the population of Earth. Nobody mentions how many the Klingons killed to build their empire. The Federation takes no genocidal action against the Cardassians who enslaved the Bajorans. The Founders are conquerors and when we meet them they have planets under their control so they do not kill every race they meet. They only kill those who don’t submit to them or defy their rule.

This is what happens in an environment of constantly escalating violence and it’s sad that even now we haven’t learned.

The Federation infected the Founders with a deadly disease. Hmmm I guess a group of nearly omnipotent beings with entire genetically engineered races that service their xenophobic conquests is going to take that in stride and surrender. I mean of course WE wouldnt surrender, we’d be angry and start wrecking stuff. But the enemy is different they’re weak cowards who would never command their millions of brutal and perpetually loyal slave soldiers to continue fighting until everything and everyone was dead. No siree!

In the minds of some, the conditions of war justify every action. Torture the enemy soldiers. Rape their wives. Desecrate their dead. Steal their possessions. Take their children as slaves. Burn their crops and houses. KILL EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. What does morality mean if you’re dead, they say. Our lives are at stake this is no time to stop and quibble about you know... remaining human even under duress so that life is worth living when the war ends. No anything and everything that can demoralize, humiliate or eliminate the enemy is acceptable. Anyone who disagrees is a masochistic effeminate cuck.

Now the enemy is eradicated but you are an animal with a mind twisted by fear. You’re a practiced murderer, gang rapist, vandal, arsonist and thief. How are you supposed to fit into a “civilized” society with values like cooperation, kindness, justice, mercy, tolerance (not to mention property rights) and other weak attitudes? You can’t and you’ll end up in prison, on the street or perched on the top of a building picking off passersby with a rifle. The worse way you’ll end up is dead by your own hand.

DS9 is great to watch but it’s obviously a product of the 1990s. It does not show any better vision for the future which is what Star Trek was supposed to be about (I thought). I’m supposed to believe that in all the time between the airing of the show and it’s own time period that the best solution to conquest violence humans have come up with is genociding the conqueror race with a bioweapon. We already invented that before I was freaking born. It’s boring and unimaginative and stolid and so unTrek.

As much as I love DS9 the overarching plot is men from the 1990s acting out their fantasy of being Alan Moore style dark heroes in a complicated time. Being moral and idealistic had become infeasibly corny. Every man had to do a few unacceptable things (like try to rape Silk Spectre) and then feel broody and moody about it later. The idea that we might evolve beyond screeching, gang forming chimpanzees who eat our own feces is now too cheesy and childish for the popular imagination.

It’s far more fun to think of ourselves as chimps who kill and then feel a bit sad about it and write dramatically in our diaries that murder is bad but if it suits the greater good we must do it and bear the eternal burden of sin. People who want to do the right thing even in terrible circumstances are the REAL bad guys.

What I hate about this episode is its pseudo-neuroscience. The mind is not a VR system you can jack into. Our minds are combinations of things we sense and what we remember and know all loosely tied together. Since Sloan was basically dead, even if you could jack into a mind, he wouldn’t have a mind to jack into. Dead people don’t have minds. That tiny bit of activity would not be enough to conjure up the immense details we see, maybe it was enough to keep Sloan feeling his legs.
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LT.BLT
Sat, Oct 21, 2017, 5:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Chimera

The part where they give Quark a Fox News style rant about racism being natural and genetic is absurd. Quark is a Ferengi trader who deals with a wide variety of people. Just because we mainly see humanoid characters doesn’t mean there aren’t others even in the Federation. In TNG Wesley Crusher fell in love with a noncorporeal being. Ferengi would be the first ones to try to sell stem bolts to the Founders. The whole thing was out of character.

The great thing about the episode is that it shows a deeply human question: should I run off and “find myself” in novel experiences or stay here where I feel comfortable and develop my relationships more deeply. It’s not easy to answer and neither choice is wrong.
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Sun, Oct 8, 2017, 5:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: For the Uniform

I think what Sisko did with the dilithium resin is overstated. He didn’t totally poison the planet or use a WMD. He made the planet uninhabitable for humans. Uninhabitable for humans does not mean uninhabitable, destroyed, ruined or dead. Cardassians moved there at the end of the episode. There was no genocide. (Not all mass killings are genocides either) Eddington said his actions would make the Maquis refugees, not corpses. Instead of tiptoeing around, Sisko used the Maquis’s own tactics against them in order to draw out Eddington’s desire to play the martyr-hero. It was a military command decision made in war time, not a diplomatic decision. What Sisko did was actually very kind and fair. He could have just blown up one Maquis planet per hour until the terrorists gave themselves up. Instead he took a planet in return for the planet the Maquis took.

The Maquis are mainly silly people. They got the short end of the stick in a territorial dispute between massive interstellar powers. But they were offered recompense and support for their loss. Instead of cutting their losses and going on with their lives they decided to engage in guerilla warfare and get themselves killed for nothing.
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Wed, Oct 4, 2017, 1:16am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Savage Curtain

Gene Roddenberry, an old white dude, uses Uhura to tastelessly lecture the audience on political correctness. I notice she didn’t turn and call Sulu a cocksucking gook or refer to President Lincoln as a crusty cracker.

No no instead she almost looks right into the camera and says (to the mainly white male audience) it’s okay for them to go up to black women and call them “charming Negress.” I suppose it’s meant as a compliment. Uhura has basically no lines or meaningful development in three seasons (much less this stupid episode). Why they didn’t have Lincoln ask to touch her hair and examine her behind for good measure is beyond me.

Avoiding rudeness is not about fear of words, it’s about respect. Speaking about someone in the third person while they are standing right in front of you is rude and so is making undue comments about their physical attributes. Kirk says they’re “delighted” with what they are yet no one on the bridge dares call him a sweaty, brawling womanizer.
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Sun, Oct 1, 2017, 1:32am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

The morality of this story is based on an absurd false equivalence: that the problem with racism is “hate” on both sides (you could say many, many sides even) and that the solution is to abandon that hate. But racism is not about hate. Racism is a classification system that decides rights and privileges based on phenotypic and cultural inferiority. Without the power (economic, military, cultural) to grant rights and privileges, the supposed “hate” is meaningless. More importantly racism can be participated in without any particular “hate” from individuals in the oppressor class.

It would be ridiculous for the enslaved to love their slaveholders, indeed when we see slaves cooperating with slaveholders we cringe. We in a free society implicitly know that the slave’s rage against his master is just and the slaver’s rage is unjust. So the problem is not hate, rage or violence, the problem is unequal power and the intellectualized justifications for breaches of justice used by the powerful.

Instead of being “preachy” this is just self-congratulatory. It’s a story that makes the white audience feel better about their racism because they know there are Black Panthers out there who “hate” the white race. After all the viewer doesn’t “hate” blacks, they just don’t want their daughter marrying one!

It’s the 60s version of “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist.”
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Sun, Sep 24, 2017, 9:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Wolf in the Fold

The redjac creature is a metaphor for misogyny and sexual conquest. As mankind moved out from Earth and colonized space, they were able to create a classless and moneyless society (the Federation). But they couldn't rid themselves of heterosexuality and thus subjected women to the same cruelties, subjugation, humiliations and violence they always had. This analysis explains and makes congruent the behavior of all the characters. That's why after confronting a sexual terrorist they go back to a strip club to enjoy women as objects.
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