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Top Hat
Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 9:40am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

The debate is more interesting than the episode. Talking about it is more fun than watching it.
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Fri, Feb 1, 2019, 7:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: New Eden

Ah, the old "I get to fat shame people because I'm a smoker" argument. This place is awful and its commentors are disgusting and will get no more of my time.
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Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 6:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Code of Honor

Television is an (audio)-visual medium, which means that decisions about lighting, composition, stagecraft, costuming and casting constantly affect the topics presented within it. Now, if you framed your line of inquiry along the lines of "It's unfortunate that the episode's casting (etc.) choices mean that the points it's trying to make about gender can't land," that would make a certain amount of sense. But simply to say, "How the episode was cast is not relevant" is simply wrong. It is. It always is. Because, again, visual medium. And there is no way an episode of an American television series where the villain is a big black guy lusting after a white blonde is ever not going to be about race.

Note as well as that race/ethnicity is mentioned through the episode: American Indians, the Ming Dynasty, the status of Frenchness, etc.
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Sat, Jan 19, 2019, 11:03am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Code of Honor

I don't think you're entirely wrong but I think your post displays the limits of speaking of "aboutness" in these totalizing terms. Whatever interesting points it might make about gender have difficulty landing because of how the episode was cast and presented on the level of costume and stagecraft. Perhaps to a blind spectator it might not register as racist, but to those of us with vision, certain things are hard to look past.
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Top Hat
Wed, Jan 9, 2019, 11:25am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Muse

I'd be very surprise if this episode weren't inspired by the Celtic legends of the leanan sidhe.
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Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 7:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

I feel sorry for anyone who does not have the ability to empathize or identity with people demographically different from them.
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Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 9:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Next Phase

You know what I've never understood about this episode? Where does it take place? Presumably there's some unclaimed space where both the Romulans and the Federation periodically operate without there being any talk of treaty violations (we see this in other episodes by "Tin Man," "Timescape" and "The Pegasus"). But why would the Romulans be doing this dangerous experiment outside of their own territory?
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Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 8:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

On some level I kind of like that the Skrreaans are not depicted as a being cute or cuddly or inspiring or even exceptionally likeable; the experience of being of persecution and displacement is not, after all, a character builder. But I wonder if the writers realized just how unsympathetic they made them, and the implications of the apparent message that "don't bother treating refugees sympathetically because they're ungrateful zealots anyway. Better to send them on their way and call it a day."

Especially since the original concept was that the Skrreeans would stay on Bajor, I wonder how that would have impacted the rest of the series. Like, would we see the odd Skrreean extra in scenes on Bajor, or have occasional lines about the Skrreeans are supporting Shakaar in the next election? Would we get substantial updates about they fared with the Trilar Peninsula? Or would it have fundamentally reshaped the direction of the series, at least where Bajor is concerned? Without that ending, the episode has a TOS/TNG sort of feeling of "one and done, never have to think about that again"... only with the aliens warping off instead of the Enterprise doing so.
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