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Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 9:45am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

But their sexuality is so central to the story that leaving the viewer to fruitlessly try to puzzle out just what was the nature of Soren's 'offense' (it reminds me of The Far Side's "Cow Tools" debacle) does rather blunt the message, and it's a wholly unforced blunder on the writers' part.

If they'd just left out the bizarre monosexual reproduction discussion (exactly where do couples get that 'inorganic husk' from, and if they're manufactured where would their pre-technological forebears have found them?) and instead made it clear that Soren's species were true hermaphrodites, then there would have been a simple and obvious explanation of what it meant to 'prefer a gender'. It would be hard to detect such a thing if both partners kept quiet about it, of course—though I could see there being subtle tells of some sort—but gender-biased individuals would still run the risk of getting caught while seeking each other out.
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