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14
Jan

Are You My (Naked) Mother? Episode Notes

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Take your mama out! We look at our two favorite matriarchs of Trek, Lwaxana Troi, and Ishka, aka Moogie. We watched The Next Generation "The Cost of Living," (S5:E20), and Deep Space Nine's "Family Business" (S3:E23)

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Lwaxana Troi is one of our favorites. Read more about her on her Memory Alpha page. Becca found this great interview with Majel Barrett from 1988 on StarTrek.com.

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Lwaxie looks great, no matter which lace front wig she wears.

Read about how Lwaxana Troi Became Our Space Aunt at StarTrek.com. You should also look up the film Auntie Mame if you didn't know what we were talking about. Ditto for Designing Women and The Golden Girls, which are both on Hulu right now. You can read more about Mrs. Troi's fashion at Women At Warp. 

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Surprisingly, this collage is not of Burning Man.  

Ryan talked about Burning Man a lot in this episode. Burning Man is a festival where people you might consider hippies build a temporary city in the United States' dustiest desert. You could read this beginner's guide, or check out these National Geographic photos, if you want to evaluate the similarities between Burning Man and Lwaxana's holodeck program for yourself. Also, here is a video of a man at Burning Man juggling while riding a unicycle, which would definitely happen at this holodeck hippie spa. 

moogie.jpgIshka aka MOOGIE

To learn more about our favorite Ferengi, check out her Memory Alpha page. Moogie was played both by Andrea Martin, who is best known for her role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and Cecily Adams, who died of lung cancer in 2004. Both women were trained in improv before their work on Star Trek. 

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This is Andrea Martin

 

READ THE RULES OF ACQUISITION OMG and have a good laugh. 

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This is Cecily Adams

If you want to see something really amazing, watch this vintage Regis and Kathy Lee video where Armin Shimmerman appears with and without is makeup and is shown in the makeup chair. It is a great insight into what Andrea Martin and Cecily Adams went through to become Moogie. It’s also awkward and hilarious as only a morning show can be.

Here is some information about ageism in Hollywood from Refinery29 and the AARP. Women over 45 actually outnumber men over 45 in the real world, despite how it may look on screen.  

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BOTH OF THESE IMAGES ARE FROM REGIS AND KATHY LEE WE SHIT YOU NOT.

14
Jan

Are You My (Naked) Mother?

Take your mama out! We look at our two favorite matriarchs of Trek, Lwaxana Troi, and Ishka, aka Moogie. We watched The Next Generation "The Cost of Living," (S5:E20), and Deep Space Nine's "Family Business" (S3:E23)

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7
Jan

Jews in Space

(Content Warning: discussion of the Holocaust, anti-semitism, and the history of Israel and Palestine) Kira interrogates a Cardassian and Nog tries to join Starfleet with his bar mitzvah money this week, as we look at two Deep Space Nine episodes to ask: who are the real mensches of the Alpha Quadrant? No, really, we examine the perennial criticism that the Ferengi are anti-Semitic caricatures, and it's rejoinder, that the Bajorans are the real Jews of Trek, and they're pretty great. Does either theory hold water? Kinda! We watched "Duet" (DS9 S1:E19) and "Heart of Stone" (DS9 S3:E13)

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7
Jan

Jews in Space Episode Notes

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Content Warning: discussion of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and the history of Israel and Palestine. 

Kira interrogates a Cardassian and Nog tries to join Starfleet with his bar mitzvah money this week as we look at two Deep Space Nine episodes to ask: who are the real mensches of the Alpha Quadrant? No, really, we examine the perennial criticism that the Ferengi are anti-Semitic caricatures, and it's rejoinder, that the Bajorans are the real Jews of Trek, and they're pretty great. Does either theory hold water? Kinda! We watched "Duet" (DS9 S1:E19) and "Heart of Stone" (DS9 S3:E13). 

"Jews in Space" is a Mel Brooks song that plays at the end of History of the World Part I. Watch it on YouTube.

 

Rest in peace Aron Eisenberg, who starred as Nog in "Heart of Stone". Eisenberg died in late 2019.

 

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Our favorite "space Jews" in one relationship. 

“To me, DS9 was largely about the Jewish diaspora. Cardassians are Nazis, Ferengis represent Jews as the world sees them (i.e., anti-Semitism), and Bajorans represent Jews as they see themselves (i.e., Israel)." via Medium

The above quote is from a pretty great blog post called "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine In 82.5 Hours," which we recommend you check out.

You can find some more context for the broader concept of "space Jews" and how it shows up in science fiction at TV Tropes. This article in the Washington Post discusses "space Jews" as well as the Ferengi, as does this one in The Forward, which attempts to refute it by discussing the Bajorans. The Washington Post piece also explains how Jews became associated with money-lending. 

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You should have just recommended me because I'm your son's best friend, but okay. 

"[The Ferengi believe] that it is nature's way to reward the clever at the cost of the weak. They believe in the law of quid pro quo and believe it is dishonest to take or receive without fair payment, although their idea of 'fair' is that which profits them the most." "The Ferengi Memo" via Memory Alpha

 

“In America, people ask ‘Do the Ferengi represent Jews?’ In England, they ask ‘Do the Ferengi represent the Irish?’ In Australia, they ask if the Ferengi represent the Chinese. The Ferengi represent the outcast… it’s the person who lives among us that we don’t fully understand.” -Armin Shimerman, who played Quark, via Player One.  

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A meme about the are-they-or-aren't-they anti-Semitic debate via Star Trek Shit Posting

Bajor and "Duet"

This episode was loosely based on the play/movie/book "The Man in the Glass Booth", about a fictional holocaust survivor who fakes his dental records so that he can be tried in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. The play/movie/book was inspired by the real life Nuremberg Trials and the trial of Adolf Eichmann.

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This episode is much more exciting than this image lets on.

We go on to compare the Bajoran Resistance to  the Haganah, and Major Kira's resistance cell, the Shakaar, to the Israeli splinter resistance group, the Irgun, who were instrumental in overthrowing British rule of Mandatory Palestine, but also committed acts of terrorism that killed civilians. You can learn more about the Irgun and their involvement in Israeli government at the Jewish Virtual Library. 

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Kira's got a gun

Major Kira and the Shakaar freed the Gallitep labor camp, which we compare to the Irgun's liberation of the aliyah bet Atlit detainee camp in Palestine, which held Jews fleeing the Holocaust who were illegally immigrating to Israel as refugees. Some of these Jewish refugees were also held in British camps in Cyprus. We also compare the Gallitep labor camp to Nazi concentration camps

In comparing the depiction of Bajorans to Jews, we reference the Memory Alpha articles on Bajoran religionBajoran history, and the Occupation of Bajor.

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31
Dec

One is the Trekiest Number

What are we doing New Year's? Watching the Short Treks! We watch Q&A and Ask Not and discuss the trio du jour, Number One, Spock, and Captain Pike, with a heavy focus on the enigmatic and uber-competent Number One. Bonus discussion of Star Trek: Picard's trailers and the upcoming season.

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31
Dec

One is the Trekiest Number Episode Notes

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What are we doing New Year's? Watching the Short Treks! We watch Q&A and Ask Not and discuss the trio du jour, Number One, Spock, and Captain Pike, with a heavy focus on the enigmatic and uber-competent Number One. Bonus discussion of Star Trek: Picard's trailers and the upcoming season.

yeomancolt.jpg Yeoman Colt is totally competent even though she is young and female and you WILL get used to her being on the bridge, thank you very much.

Episode Citations

We heavily reference Number One's Memory Alpha page, and you should also check out Den of Geek's article about the "Q&A" episode for more Easter eggs and background information, including other instances of Gilbert and Sullivan showing up in Trek. 

We mention the similarities between the Prime Directive and the U.N. policy that lead them to abstain from helping during the Rwanda Genocide. Via GlobalPolicy.org

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Majel Barrett's highly talented and plainly styled Number One is replaced by the insecure and high-femme Nurse Chapel. 

The Executive Officer
Never referred to as anything but "Number One", this officer is female. Almost mysteriously female, in fact – slim and dark in a Nile Valley way, age uncertain, one of those women who will always look the same between years twenty and fifty. An extraordinarily efficient officer, "Number One" enjoys playing it expressionless, cool – is probably Robert April's superior in detailed knowledge of the equipment, departments, and personnel aboard the vessel. When Captain April leaves the craft, "Number One" moves up to Acting Captain

Majel Barrett voiced the Enterprise's computer and inspired Siri. Google Developing Assistant Code-named Majel via TrekMovie.com.

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I mean, c'mon. 

 

Read all about Cadet Sidhu and how her part was cast on SYFY.  

PICARD!

Star Trek Picard Trailers! Here and here

Listen to Patrick Stewart randomly recite Shakespeare during publicity for Picard here.

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Picard's new crew

23
Dec

Women in Boxes Episode Notes

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Becca, Ryan, and Molly

The wickedly funny Molly Sanchez from Red All Over stops by to discuss classics Mudd's Women (TOS S1:E6) and The Perfect Mate (TNG S5:E21). Star Trek imagines women with supernatural powers of...being sexy...being transported as cargo. We ask: why? Exactly? 

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I am not a Trill, I'm a metamorph.

Molly Sanchez is the cohost of The Handmaid's Tale recap podcast Red All Over. Listen to it, it's hilarious and insightful. You can follow her on twitter as @SeriousMolly or check her out on YouTube.

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Evie just needs a good sheet mask and some conditioner.

Citations: 

Nichelle Nichols worked for NASA and inspired a generation of women, women of color and people of color to become astronauts and astrophysicists.  via CNN

Star Trek The Original Series has been very good at predicting and inspiring technology. via Quartz

Robert Heinlein was a science fiction writer who had some progressive and permissive ideas about sexuality. via Good Reads and io9

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Ruth has hairless armpits with and without the Venus drug.

There is real life pressure for women to be "the cool chick," like Kamala. via Mashable. 

"The cool girl started out as a stock character born out of male-authored literature and movies. But, the trope has since become so pervasive, the cool girl is now firmly cemented in dating culture, with no sign of disappearing anytime soon. The cool girl is no longer merely a character in a book — she is the acme of female desirability. She is the three-dimensional flesh and bone incarnation of the male fantasy. She is the rejection of the nadir of female behaviour — clinginess. And to many of us, she is a stifling behavioural standard that forces us to hide our true personalities."

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Kamala is the ultimate cool chick.

"Men always say that as the defining compliment, don't they? She's a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she's hosting the world's biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don't mind, I'm the Cool Girl. Men actually think this girl exists. Maybe they're fooled because so many women are willing to pretend to be this girl." Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

Also check out "I used to scorn the cool girl, but now I see she doesn't really exist," via The Guardian. 

And definitely consider reading The Female Chauvinist Pig by Ariel Levy. 

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Magda is the most angry about her transformation.

Becca loves Rachel Lark's song about fucking Picard. via Youtube

This story about Gene Roddenberry trying to find a war friend by naming his characters Noonian may or may not be true. via Google Books and War History Online

 

Molly recommends the Road to Nowhere series by Meg Elison. via Good Reads

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  One of many smirky Spock smirks this episode

23
Dec

Women in Boxes

The wickedly funny Molly Sanchez from Red All Over stops by to discuss classics "Mudd's Women" (TOS S1:E6) and "The Perfect Mate" (TNG S5:E21). Star Trek imagines women with supernatural powers of...being sexy...being transported as cargo. We ask: why? Exactly? 

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17
Dec

Why Are Men? Episode Notes

We look at the myth of uncontrollable male sexuality. Kirk gets split into two, Orion women take over Enterprise, T’Pol and Trip suck face, and we have our first ever guests. 😎 Trekkies Kevin Hebenstreit and Robin Casares dazzle us with their wit and insight. We watched TOS “The Enemy Within” and Enterprise “Bound”.

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Kevin

Kevin Hebenstrait is a minor celebrity and meme lord in the 50,000 member Facebook Group Star Trek Shit Posting. Read about The Kevin here and here

He also has a YouTube Channel called Let's Warp Off with The Kevin.

Robin Casares is a Star Trek fan and impressive cosplayer. You can see her cosplay on Instagram and Facebook. She was invited to the Star Trek: Discovery premier. 

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I find your smugness illogical, Mr. Spock.

What we watched:

TOS: The Enemy Within

Enterprise: Bound

 

Citations:

Grace Lee Whitney, who played Yeoman Janice Rand, was assaulted by an executive on Star Trek. Grace Lee Whitney Interview via StarTrek.com

The Enemy Within episode writer Richard Matheson was a prominent science fiction writer. via Wikipedia

 

 One of our superpowers is an insensitivity to air conditioning.

The Orion women in Bound, otherwise known as Orion Slave Girls, play into some stock "oriental" character tropes, including the  sexy belly dancer. Via TV Tropes.

Their presence on the Enterprise causes the men on the ship to lose control.

Distracted by the Sexy via TV Tropes

Favors for the Sexy via TV Tropes 

 

A feminist reimagining, clearly.

Orion women in the Kelvin Timeline (aka JJ-verse)

Roberto Orci, who wrote Star Trek (2009) said that Uhura's Orion roommate Gaila, who helped Kirk cheat (and made out with him in her underwear), could have escaped humanoid trafficking. "There's an underground railroad and some of the Orion slave girls got out and they were sold to freedom." via Memory Alpha and archived interview.

 

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Both episodes feature men out of control of their own sexuality. This is super problematic. Here are some ways this often shows up in media: 

I'm a Man, I Can't Help It

All Men Are Perverts

A Man Is Always Eager

via TV Tropes

 

The sexiest sexless non-couple couple in Trek.

We also discuss how Trip's immunity to the Orion women is part of a trope where true love is a virtue that makes men seduction-proof, separating love (good) from sex (bad). via TV Tropes

Kevin and Ryan really like season four of Enterprise, which was produced by showrunner Manny Coto. via Memory Alpha

We also discussed Sucker Punch via Rotten Tomatoes

17
Dec

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