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The proper grown-up blog I share with [personal profile] yiduiqie has been linked from some amazing places in the last month, and I just want to document it for posterity and ego boosting:
  • The New Yorker linked to our 2015 post about the sinister subtext of Thomas the Tank Engine. Yes, that New Yorker. Ain't no thang. *hairflip*
  • (That article was then shared at BoingBoing, where the comments were filled with nerds taking our silly post very seriously indeed.)
  • BookRiot's crime fiction podcast discussed our post on why we're not supporting the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries film Kickstarter, and our earlier post (linked in our recent one) about the racism in the books and TV series, and how it's something that non-Australians seem to overlook.
  • The podcast included a wonderful bit where the hosts were like, "Well, these Australian ladies say the books are problematic, but we wanted to make up our own mind, so we read one each." But they chose the books at random, and had the misfortune to end up with Blood and Circuses, The One With The Infamous Clown Sex. (If you watched the series -- which I really love, when it's not being incredibly racist -- you should take a moment to appreciate the lack of clown sex. Really.) Anyway, they concluded that, yes, the books are very bad in terms of exotifying and othering people of non-Anglo backgrounds, but they're also just not well-written and ... bad. Which is fair. 
  • And The Monthly, an Australian publication whose essays and articles appeal to flat white-sipping inner-city lefties (so, me), linked to our first Discovery post in an article about angry, racist nerds complaining that Trek is "suddenly" appealing to an "SJW" agenda.
  • (I am extremely proud to get the word "feelpinions" into The Monthly, BUT I also wonder if my use isn't a bit defensive, ie, no one can accuse me of being emotional, irrational or otherwise a silly lady fan if I say it first. Am I putting myself at a disadvantage by emphasising that my posts are reactions, not reviews, and that my opinions derive from my emotions? On the other hand, what is television for but to elicit an emotional reaction?)
Finally, here is this week's Discovery post, which I almost didn't share because it wasn't wholly positive and ... IDK, I guess I've become protective of this ridiculous show, and don't want to play into the narrative of it being The Worst. On the other hand, it made some Bad Choices this week, along with some better ones. (And I note that the dude reviewers who have decried it as being The Worst really liked this episode, which only reassures me that I'm on the right track.)

lizbee: (Star Trek: Georgiou)
I didn't realise how much I needed another woman in command of a Starfleet vessel until the Star Trek Discovery trailer came out. A woman! A Chinese woman! A Chinese woman with an accent! Mentoring the main character, who is also a black woman and seems to have some interesting identity stuff happening with regard to Vulcans!

I'm trying to moderate my enthusiasm by concentrating on the fact that Georgiou is not the captain of the USS Discovery, and may therefore be a minor character, or she could even be killed off early on, despite what Wikipedia and IMDB say about Michelle Yeoh's appearance in all 13 episodes.

Buuuuut. I'm excited.

Oh.

Jun. 4th, 2014 06:29 pm
lizbee: (Star Trek: Janeway)
While Tumblr Voyager fandom was distracted by Kate Mulgrew generally being a little bit crazy, Roxann Dawson turned out to be a Bill O'Reilly-retweeting, Tea Party supporting super-right wing type of person. Twitter, eh?

*chinhands*
lizbee: (Star Trek: Janeway)
She's in Japan these days, so we mostly communicate via iMessage. She's watching the Trekkies doco from 1997, and just asked me, "Who is Brannon Braga?"

And then sat back while I sent about eighteen messages explaining that he's the devil.

I thought, when I started rewatching Voyager a few months ago, that I'd find myself looking back at the fandom wars of yore and thinking about how far I'd come. Apparently, no, I'm just having them all over again. I suppose next I should re-read Harry Potter, just to keep the pattern going.
lizbee: (Star Trek: Janeway)
Question from [profile] crossinghades!

I was about to reply,

ALL OF THEM

. Then I remembered that's not exactly true.

Then I was going to reply,

JANEWAY

, which is true, but also leaves out a lot of really cool characters whom I love. SO.

Firstly, I posted on my "real" blog at great length about "Space Seed" and Wrath of Khan, and there's quite a lot of my feelings about female characters in TOS and the movies. (They mostly boil down to, "Nichelle Nichols is criminally underused, Saavik is amazing, it's shameful what JJ Abrams did to Carol Marcus.")

I came to Trek via TNG, so -- while Tumblr tells me it is Not Done to be a bit cool on TOS these days -- I'm pretty cool on TOS. IDK, guys, would it kill you to give Uhura more to do? Remember that time evil!Kirk tried to rape Janice Rand, and her recourse is to shamefully confess to her all-male senior officers? YEAH.

ANYWAY, as a wee child, I used to read feminist critiques of TNG, and its tendency to put women in nurturing roles, and go, "Yes, but they're awesome!" AND THEY ARE. But Crusher and Troi also spend much of the series being very gently soft spoken, and very mildly assertive, and it's frankly a breath of fresh air when Ro Laren turns up, speaking directly and generally kicking ass. (Keeping Yar would have maybe negated some of the overwhelming gentleness of Crusher and Troi, but season 1 wasn't exactly a great showcase for her character, so who knows?)

I mean, I love every single female character in TNG, but we have Crusher, Troi and later Guinan, all mostly gentle and empathetic characters. And when they break out of that mould, it's usually temporary, and in the service of Plot.

SO AWKWARDLY, I kind of stalled in my rewatch of DS9. So as much as I'd like to talk at length about how great Kira Nerys is, and also Dax and Kasidy Yates and a bunch of other female characters, I kind of can't. (I also stalled, like, two or three years ago? I should pick that up again.)

ON THE OTHER HAND, I am on the verge of rewatching Voyager, and that is going to be GREAT. Because Voyager had the most women, and all of my favourites, and was just generally AMAZING. Except for that time they ditched Kes in favour of Harry Kim. SORRY, STILL NOT OVER IT. (Although, the way things worked out in the long run, they should have just ditched Chakotay. STILL NOT OVER THAT, EITHER.)

(CERTAIN PEOPLE on my Tumblr dash are telling me, through gifs, that I should go back to Janeway/Chakotay shipping. WAS ONCE NOT ENOUGH? STOP THAT! No, don't stop, those gifs are great. If Tumblr had existed when I was 15, mine would be two-thirds J/C gifs, one-third Alanis Morissette lyrics.)

(Thank God Tumblr didn't exist when I was 15.)

(There would also be some ship wars and some unexamined misogyny. It really is good that social media didn't exist when I was a teen.)

IN CONCLUSION, Star Trek is full of great female characters, many of whom are not served well by the text. (Someone on Tumblr, in about the last 24 hours, made a really good post about how Lwaxana Troi is basically the embodiment of the writers' fear of female sexuality. If only I could remember who, so I could link it!) FURTHER IN CONCLUSION, I really need to finish season 4 of Archer so I can start Orange is the New Black and my Voyager rewatch.
lizbee: (Star Trek: Sulu and Uhura > you)
I'm trying to decide where it ranks compared with the other Star Trek movies. I feel like I liked it better than Insurrection, but not as much as I liked Nemesis or The Motion Picture.

...er, my personal ranking system:

1. Wrath of Khan, Undiscovered Country, First Contact (tie)
2. Star Trek
3. The Motion Picture (SHUT UP, it's really good if you just fast forward through the special effects bits and don't think too hard about the sexual politics behind Ilia's creation)
4. Nemesis (would be lower, but there's a Janeway cameo)
5. Into Darkness
6. The Voyage Home (in fairness, I haven't seen this since I was a kid, but it hit my embarrassment squick hard)
7. Insurrection
8. The Final Frontier

Spoilers )
lizbee: (Random: Book hat!)
I like this meme a lot, I just don't do it very much because I have enough trouble making time for my monthly round up of books!

What are you reading now?

Re-reading The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner.  [personal profile] violetisblue mentioned buying a copy, and I was overcome with the desire to read the whole series again.

I appreciate how Gen is, as Ambiades puts it, "not exactly stalwart".  He's a great big whinger, and as much as I cringe a bit, I also like that he has no intention of being the Stoic, Brooding Hero. 

I missed the actual get-together, but I put The Thief in my RL book club's hat, and no one liked it.  *shakes head*

What did you just finish reading?

1.  Avatar: the Last Airbender - The Search (part 1) -- actually, I cracked and read a scan last week, but I finally managed to buy the last copy in Melbourne last night, and it turned out the scan had missed a bunch of pages, so there was stuff I hadn't read yet!  IT WAS VERY EXCITING.

Basically, after I read the scan last week, I had feels-related insomnia, and then I had FEELS all the way from Tokyo to Melbourne.  Feels, not feelings, because they weren't articulate enough for that ings.  Mostly they are Ursa feels, but also Zuko and Azula feels, and my usual vague desire to set Ozai on fire.  Although I really like the way Gene Luen Yang writes Ozai and fleshes him out without softening him, like the secret chamber that's full of artifacts from other cultures.  If it was Iroh, you'd think he was interested and wanted to learn, but because it's Ozai, it's more like a serial killer's souvenirs, only his victims are entire cultures. 

I haven't sought out the general fannish reaction, because [personal profile] unjapanologist said it was stupid, and I have enough problems with Doctor Who fandom at the moment.  Remind me to make a post about how not liking a writer's tropes doesn't mean it's okay to decide he's a paedophile. 

2.  Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation - Assimilation2 -- I accidentally bought volume 2 instead of volume 1, 'cos I'm an idiot.  But I read half of volume 1, so I knew that the Borg and the Cybermen had formed an alliance, and the TARDIS had turned up on the Enterprise-D for wacky crossover shenanigans. 

I found the writing pretty clunky and exposition-heavy -- I strongly feel that if the heart of the TARDIS inhabits Data, that should be a crowning moment of awesome, not an afterthought -- and there was this weird thing where Starfleet officers addressed Amy as "Miss Pond" if she was on her own, but Amy-and-Rory were "Mr and Mrs Williams".  Which mostly takes me back to the time in 2000 when I caused great offence on a mailing list by suggesting that women would have stopped automatically taking their husband's names by the 24th century. 

On the other hand, the art -- hand-painted, although some of the photo references were a bit too identifiable -- was amazing, and completely justified the purchase.  And I would happily buy some of the covers as posters.

What do you expect to read next?

The next three Queen's Thief books, and then I have some more Japanese crime fiction to read.  I didn't love The Devotion of Suspect X, but I'm optimistic!

10 Things

Mar. 6th, 2011 10:26 am
lizbee: (Random: Freema in pink)
1. I need reading glasses for the computer, apparently. MY EYES HAVE TURNED AGAINST ME!

2. If I never see another essay, LJ entry or blog post that begins, "While other little [persons of same gender] were playing with [toys stereotypically associated with said gender]", it will be too soon. I played with trucks as well as dolls, and my doll-play involved fraught interpersonal dramas that wouldn't have been out of place in Russian literature, had Russian literature been about plastic people in space. And I wasn't a particularly special or unique snowflake. Neither are you.

3. Speaking of fraught interpersonal dramas, I have written 500 words on my AU Big Bang. Although said words are so very purple that the Victorian Era is embarrassed for me.

4. There are children playing games and throwing rocks at each other in the alley that runs outside my room. This is disturbing to both me and the cat.

5. I had a nightmare that I was stuck on an island and my e-reader wasn't charged. This is extra-strange because I'm currently in the middle of a dead-tree book, although I have to say that it isn't very good, and I'll be picking up something else right as soon as my e-reader has power.

6. Doing so would, of course, be easier if Borders hadn't, as part of its administration process, stopped accepting gift vouchers online. Now that the axe has fallen and none of my friends have lost their jobs (yet), I can bitch about the annoyance of having had $70 in vouchers, all allocated to ebooks, and then having to spend them in store instead.

7. Last night I finished my Star Trek: The Next Generation re-watch. So that was nice. I had some proper thoughts about "All Good Things...", but a night has passed, and the only one that remains in my head is amusement that I counted more than 10 cats in Data's future home. Anyway, I've now seen every episode of TNG except "The Outcast". Which I wasn't allowed to watch as a kid, on the grounds that it was intended as pro-gayism propaganda, and which I declined to watch this time on the grounds that it's massively homophobic.

8. Now I very much want to keep going with DS9, but I'm not in the mood for Voyager. This is a problem. I'm tempted to put all of Trek on hold and watch Fringe, which seems to have eaten my LJ friends' brains in the same way that Avatar has eaten mine.

9. I was going to complain about the tumbleweeds over LJ and DW, being that since I filtered out all the fight clubs, it's taking me about 10 minutes a day to read my friends lists. But then, just at the moment being online for me involves adopting a kind of hunch and squinting in order to read, so I shouldn't complain.

10. That is all. FOR NOW.
lizbee: (Star Trek: Data)
Winn is Sarah Palin, only smart and with a hat like the Sydney Opera House: discuss.
lizbee: (Avatar: Team Fire Nation)
It's not that I don't love you and all, but it's really hot at the moment, and there's nothing more horrible than typing with sweaty palms. Much better to spend time sitting in my armchair drawing bad Avatar fan art like this.

All this sitting around means that I'm racing through my All-Of-Star-Trek-Except-The-Crap-Bits-Oh-God-Do-I-Have-To-Watch-Enterprise? rewatch. I've just finished season 6 of TNG, and am a few episodes into DS9. Just in time for the existence of [livejournal.com profile] ds9_rewatch!

Re: TNG, all I have to say is that, wow, season 6 was a good year for Troi. Not just because she got a meaty starring role in "Face of the Enemy" (ROMULANS, HOW MUCH DO I LOVE YOU? LOTS.) but also some fun supporting things, like playing the Mysterious Stranger in Alexander's Western holonovel. These are all good things, of course, but mostly I associate season 6 with Good Troi Time because they stopped using that horrible hairpiece, and got her out of the unflattering and cleavage-tastic "counselling" outfits, and into a proper Starfleet uniform. Seriously, I think Marina Sirtis may have been the only actress who was actually built for that thing, so it's a shame it took so long before she got to wear it.

Srs meta: it's what I'm here for.

Otherwise, my [community profile] white_lotus fic is with the betas, and I'm kind of a bit sad that I have only just now become obsessed with Mai/Aang, because if my timing had been a bit better, I'd have requested it. It probably says something profound that the Emo Boy/Nice Girl pairing of Zutara leaves me absolutely cold, but I really groove on the Trickster Hero Boy/Emotionally Repressed Morally Ambiguous Girl pairing. Or I just enjoy AUs. It could go either way, really.

Real life-wise, work continues to happen, so that's nice. I got my full birth certificate, so I can apply for a passport, and I have all of $50 in my Saving For America Account. Don't look at me like that; I also spent $150 on a bike this pay. More will be saved.

Oh yeah, I bought a bike, and put it together, and went for a ride, and promptly remembered how unfit I am. I can remember a time when riding a bike was more fun than physical torture, but that was 13 years ago.

In other news, I fear I may have developed an addiction to Korean barbecue. SEND HELP SOJU.
lizbee: (Star Trek: Picard/Beverly)
You know, far be it from me to disrespect Miles O'Brian, The Only Working Class Man In Starfleet, but here's my problem: by its fourth season, The Next Generation had this problem where it consistently underused three members of its regular cast. Specifically, the two women and the (human*) man of colour.

So one really has to take a short moment to admire the sheer gall of the TNG writers in dedicating whole episodes to the personal life and motivations of Yet Another Straight White Guy. In the space of less than half a season, O'Brian goes from Hey It's That Guy to having more layers and revelations than Geordi got in three seasons. To be honest, other than laying groundwork for a spin-off that no one knew would exist at the time, I really can't see why "The Wounded" focused on O'Brian rather than Geordi. (Come on, Geordi as Unexpected Secret Tactical Genius is AT LEAST as convincing as O'Brian in the same role.)

* (Heavy make-up aliens, I've long felt, go into a special category, where they get a lot of attention from the writers, but not necessarily so much love from the fic-writing parts of fandom, but either way they kind of step outside of the usual privilege dynamics.)
lizbee: (Star Trek: Picard/Beverly)
I was reading through the AV Club's TNG reviews, and in one of them, the review says that, even though he doesn't hate Wesley, the character totally doesn't work for him because Wil Wheaton was way too old to play a 10 year old.

SOMEONE IS WRONG ON THE INTERNET! I thought, for as all nerds of the late '80s and early '90s should know, Wesley is 14 as TNG begins and turns 15 at some point in the first season. Or something like that, anyway. I can only read so many pages of Memory Alpha in a day.

So I checked the comments to be sure he had been put right.

What did I find? Many, many, many threads about whether or not you're killed and replaced by a duplicate every time you use the transporter. (Answer: the more important question is, is it an evil duplicate? What if the evil duplicate is beamed somewhere? Is s/he replaced by a good duplicate, or does he or she just keep getting more evil, until finally they materialise with a goatee or an eyepatch?)

Then there was a list of Worst Trek Episodes Ever, and by the time I'd disentangled myself from a very serious discussion of just how drunk you need to be to watch "Threshold" (for the record, I've seen it four times, all sober) I'd completely forgotten why I was reading the comments in the first place.

Other things I have achieved today:

- two loads of laundry
- extensive gardening
- dishes
- preserved a vast mass of parsley
- finished re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Things I am going to do next:

- have lunch
- start on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- have a nap
- keep watching season 1 of TNG

Things I am going to do in upcoming days:

- borrow [personal profile] weaverandom's copy of Avatar: The Last Airbender and watch hell out of it. I watched the first episode the other day. It opened with a Captain Planet and the Planeteers flashback, but then the dialogue happened, and Katara won at life in an epic sort of way, and I fell in love.
lizbee: (Star Trek: Sulu and Uhura > you)
To test out that whole "buying books for Kobo with Linux" business, I spent AU$0.99 and bought a book called Boldly Writing: A Trekker Fan and Zine History, 1967-1987 by Joan Marie Verber. It's taken me a while to get into it, and to be honest, if I'd paid more than five bucks for it, I might have felt a bit cheated, but I'm really starting to enjoy it.

It's basically a rough catalogue of zines, with corresponding commentaries on fannish trends and significant fics, cons and discussions, in the first two decades of Star Trek fandom's existence. This makes it quite frustrating, in that we really only get glimpses of things before we're whisked on to the next year's products.

However, these glimpses are great. Like, the rise of slash (the first recorded slash fic was in an adult-content zine, and it wasn't until the author confirmed it that people were actually certain it involved two men, let alone which two men) and the ensuing debate. And the rising numbers of horrid newbies who were only in it for the relationships and characters, and who didn't care about the science fiction, and they weren't watching the show properly! And then the K/S shippers started insisting that their ship was canon, so there were arguments, and then Gene Roddenberry threw a line into the novelisation of The Motion Picture that said Kirk and Spock couldn't possibly be lovers, so then it wasn't canon and you weren't allowed to ship it, only some people INSISTED on persisting, and a few said the line actually meant the exact opposite, and still more said it didn't even matter what Roddenberry said.

(Meanwhile, there was a series of zines about Uhura, and though it was generally agreed that they were quite good and all, very few people bothered to buy them.)

In 1976, there was an argument about zines warning for adult content, character death and violence. Warnings: common courtesy, or the harbinger of fandom's destruction? A couple of years later, zines dedicated to reviewing other zines started to appear, and that was even worse! "We're just writing fic for fun! How dare you criticise Mary Sue Brings Kirk And Spock Together Part 13?" versus "I really do think I have the right to tell you that commas don't work like that." And what to do about the growing problem of people who were also interested in Star Wars? It's the growing number of women, suggested some male fans, that has led to this emphasis on feelings and emotions and characterisation over good, hard SF. Only the old hard SF zines had mostly been written and edited by women. NOOOOO, GET THESE GIIIIIIIIIIIIRLS OUT OF OUR MAAAANLY FAAAANDOMMMM! And it is possible to hate The Motion Picture and still be a good fan? Is it unreasonable to drown Paramount in a deluge of protest mail on the rumour that Spock is going to be killed?

Really, it's a good thing that fandom has matured and moved on since those days.

My favourite bit, so far, is a mention of a woman who complained that The Motion Picture was the most obscene film she'd ever seen. Questioned, she said that all this talk of "penetrating the cloud" and so forth was not on.

Anyway, if you, too, want to share the lulz (and facepalm at all the bits where the book basically turns into grudgewank about those damn K/S fans), you can get it from a variety of ebook sources, but I would recommend grabbing the Kobo app, then reading it on your desktop.
lizbee: (Star Trek: Saavik)
Okay, I may have skipped a few Star Trek movies. But I got to the end of The Motion Picture and realised that I watched II and III only last year, and IV is best watched with friends (and [profile] suburbannoir has been keen to watch it for ages). And while there may have once been a fifth Star Trek movie, I can only assume that it was eaten by a mysterious crack in the universe and wiped out of history.

So we hit The Undiscovered Country, for which I have a massive soft spot on account of how it was my very first encounter with the TOS crew. And, y'know, I still love it. It has all the interstellar politics, backstabbing and Walter Koenig that make Babylon 5 so awesome, and I think it might actually have triggered my great love for really awkward dinner scenes.

On the other hand, I am very, very glad that Nichelle Nichols and Brock Peters refused to say the most racist lines in the script, and that the director let them. And I am very glad that Saavik was replaced by Valeris, because I love my Saavik almost as much as Spock does, and I couldn't buy her as a traitor. It is my hope (for the great thing about the newmovieverse is that you can look at old canon with new eyes) that in the AOSverse, Spock Prime seeks out Valeris and guides her development enough that she doesn't start doing epically stupid things like betraying the Federation. Also, Kim Cattral is really, really bad at that whole acting thing, and I don't think it's wholly appropriate to respond to an unwanted mindmeld with orgasm noises.

In short: jolly good movie, does not overstay its welcome, includes Christopher Plummer literally twirling in a chair and quoting Shakespeare. And you could create a drinking game called Spot The Redressed TNG Set, which would be kind of fun, only also weird.

AND NOW I am still having stomach pains from BREAKFAST, so I'm off to bed to rub my belly and feel slightly sorry for myself.
lizbee: (Star Trek: Set phasers to FIERCE!)
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In short, I am watching Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Yes, I did end up skipping the last few episodes of TOS, but I also skipped the last few episodes of Voyager and went straight to "Endgame", and the fandom police didn't turn up to take my credentials then, either. (I confess, though, I am excited at the thought that I will have new! unseen! VOY when I reach that stage in my Watch All Most of Star Trek project.)

Anyway, it is a very frustrating movie, in that there are lots of scenes with really powerful and energetic music, set against visuals in which things haaaaaaaaaaaaappppppppppppppeeeeeeeeen veeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy sloooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwly. Possibly it's just that I've been vidding lately, but that made me quite annoyed, so I started skipping all the long SFX sequences, and got halfway through the movie in only 45 minutes. Most of which, I add, involve Kirk being a douche while Spock and McCoy pimp their way through the galaxy, so that's business as usual. I'll finish watching it tomorrow; it got too cold to quite, and I lack the capacity to watch any kind of TV without something in my hands these days.

I feel like Ilia is a character who deserves more attention in fandom. Yes, her story sort of sucks, her character is ... um ("My oath of celibacy is on record, Captain." Apparently she comes from one of those patented Roddenberry planets where everything is about sex. So, fandom.) and she's basically Deanna Troi v.0, but I kind of like her anyway. However, if I were of a mind to write Trek fic right now, it would involve Spock and the Romulan commander from "The Enterprise Incident" in the AOS-verse. So.
lizbee: (Star Trek: Set phasers to FIERCE!)
I find it difficult to believe that "Spock's Brain" and "The Enterprise Incident" come from the same series. Did contemporary audiences suffer explodey!brain from the discombobulation of seeing them in consecutive weeks without fair warning?

Memory Alpha informs me that the team of the time considered "The Enterprise Incident" a failure. Which just goes to show that authors should never be allowed to judge their own work, because it was made of EPIC WIN, and as soon as I have spare time that doesn't need to be devoted to packing or writing fic for that fest I totally forgot about until last night and OH HAI the deadline is today! I am going to seek out fic involving Spock and the Romulan commander in the movie-verse.

Speaking of explodey!brain, I am a wee bit sad that Assignment: Earth never got picked up for a series, because it had the potential to be, like, a cross between Sapphire & Steel, The Avengers and some kind of Cold War drama. On the other hand, using what might well be the very last episode of your show to introduce a whole different show? Pretty shitty move, Roddenberry. Not quite on the level of, "Surprise! From now on, 'Horns of Nimon' is the season 17 finale!" -- although, as everyone knows, Nimons >>>>> Shada, but still.

It's especially a shame, because "Bread and Circuses" is a great satire about television culture, full of cancellation!bitterness. And random religious parallels which are only marginally more subtle than a Left Behind novel, but cheerfully undermine Trek's future claims that humanity has "outgrown" religion.

AND NOW, I'm having stomach cramps due to some bad ham at lunch, but I'm also hungry. Solution: a shot of Mylanta followed by toast. LIVING IT UP, BABY!
lizbee: (Star Trek: Saavik)
Captain's log, stardate [INSERT STARDATE HERE].

We have encountered a [SELECT AS REQUIRED]

[ ] Mysterious scientific phenomenon
[ ] Planet of noble savages
[ ] Race of highly advanced beings

However, we find ourselves confronted by

[ ] The mysterous scientific phenomenon is sentient ... and angry
[ ] The noble savages are controlled by a godlike computer
[ ] The noble savages are engaged in recreating Earth history
[ ] The race of highly advanced beings are selfish and dangerous and want to use humanity for their own ends

I have chosen to deal with the problem by

[ ] Blowing up the mysterious scientific phenomenon
[ ] Getting Mr Spock to mind meld with the mysterious scientific phenomenon
[ ] Destroying the godlike computer and making a speech to the Noble Savages
[ ] Just plain old making a speech to the Noble Savages
[ ] Seducing the nearest hot alien woman

The moral of this episode was

[ ] The unknown is mysterious and dangerous and should be destroyed
[ ] The unknown is mysterious and dangerous, and should be our friend
[ ] Religion is bad, mmmkay?
[ ] The Vietnam War is bad awesome excellent fodder for topical storylines
[ ] Alien space babes are gagging for it

In conclusion, I just watched "The Omega Factor" and almost died of embarrassment squick when Kirk won over the White Noble Savages by quoting the Pledge of Allegiance and US Constitution to them, while the Evil Captain Who Sided With the Evil Asians Communists looks on in futile fury. Only the knowledge that William Shatner is Canadian, and possibly found it as cringe-worthy as I did, saved me.
lizbee: (Star Trek: Saavik)
I'm afraid that I have to pike on my "do a hilarious macro for every single episode of TOS" project, on account of how it stopped being fun, and made watching Star Trek more of an obligation than a pleasure, and I could not think of a single joke for "Operation -- Annihilate!".

I'm sorry.

Anyway, "Mirror, Mirror" makes me really regretful that Babylon 5 didn't have a hilarious mirror universe episode in which Delenn and Sheridan run an Interstellar Empire and occasionally try to kill each other.  It would have been awesome!  Londo could have had a beard!  And an eyepatch, since in this universe he'd be the one to be captured, enslaved and having eyes ripped out and whatnot.

Unfortunately, I followed that with "The Apple", a really vile episode in which Kirk destroys an alien computer-god and laughs as he leaves the computer's followers to puzzle out self-sufficiency and sex.  The bet bit was where the Yeoman of the Week, who is Chekov's love interest, is totally badass at defending herself.  I feel bad for women who want to join Starfleet, but are uncomfortable revealing their knickers in the workplace.

I've got to say, though, while I don't mind TOS, and I would walk across coal for Leonard McCoy, I'm really looking forward to getting to TNG.  I'm having actual nostalgia for the first season!  Also, Star Trek VI, which was my very first encounter with the TOS crew.  Is it can be spin-off tiem nao?

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