InterTREKtional

15
Oct

The Solution is Not Ghettos

Deep Space Nine's prediction of 2024 San Francisco is a bit too close to 2019 San Francisco than we would like. Tandarans holding Suliban in detention centers may have been an allegory to Japanese internment, but 2019 USA has it's own modern take. Join Ryan and Becca as we discuss why it's never a good idea to detain entire groups of people. We discuss Deep Space Nine episodes "Past Tense (Parts 1 & 2)" and Enterprise episode "Detained."

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15
Oct

The Solution is Not Ghettos Episode Notes

Deep Space Nine's prediction of 2024 San Francisco is a bit closer to 2019 San Francisco than we would like. Tandarans holding Suliban in detention centers may have been an allegory to Japanese internment, but 2019 USA has it's own modern take. Join Ryan and Becca as we discuss why it's never a good idea to detain entire groups of people. We discuss Deep Space Nine episodes "Past Tense (Parts 1 & 2)" and Enterprise episode "Detained."

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"Sanctuary District A" not far off from 2019 San Francisco

 

What We Watched

Past Tense

Part 1 - Memory Alpha

Part 2 - Memory Alpha

Detained

Memory Alpha

 

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Is the population density of this detention center believable?

 

On Concentration Camps and Detention Centers

The Thousands of Children Who Go to Immigration Court Alone via The Atlantic

I’m a Jewish historian. Yes, we should call border detention centers “concentration camps.” via Vox

Japanese Americans at Manzanar via National Park Service 

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Call me Bell... Gabriel Bell -Sisko

 

Homelessness in San Francisco and the United States

History of how many people are homeless in the Bay Area via ABC 7 News

Trump Says Homeless People Are Making Cops Sick “Walking the Beat” in Cockamamie Assessment of U.S. Cities via Slate

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This 2024 Swanky Party is definitely happening in the Salesforce Tower

 

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Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell: reunited and it feels so good

 

Militarization of Police and the Police State

The Militarization of America's Police: A Brief History via Foundation for Economic Education

Police killings do not spark outrage the way the Bell Riots supposedly did/will... see Mapping Police Violence for a LOT of depressing data.

Arizona's "show me your papers" law: SB 1070 in 2018: What are Our Rights? via ACLU Arizona

Facial recognition scanners are already at some US airports. Here's what to know via USA Today

 

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Travis got to do things!

 

Lt. Travis Mayweather

Anthony Montgomery on "Detained" via Memory Alpha Detained (episode) > Background

"I was really excited about that one. It had nothing to do with Travis being a boomer at all; he got to learn a lot about Human compassion. I didn't want it to sound preachy, because it's really easy to fall into that trap, but everything just comes across as being passionate. I love the fact that they had Travis be the one to have the debate about prejudice, considering that African Americans are prejudged more often than not. That was a really special episode for me, and not just because they gave me work to do."

"When Star Trek: Enterprise was first conceived, Travis Mayweather was intended to be a lieutenant, due to his experience in space. His rank was changed to ensign because the producers thought that having Mayweather and the older Lieutenant Malcolm Reed at a similar rank wouldn't be believable." from Travis Mayweather via Academic Kids

 

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Kira and Miles go on a medieval quest through TIME

 

"Lizard People" is Anti-Semitic Code

The Alice Walker anti-Semitism controversy, explained via Vox

 

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Let's all be these hippies!

 

8
Oct

Klingon Family Values

When B'elanna goes on a mind-trip on the Barge of the Dead, she meets her mom. Worf get flummoxed when he's made responsible for the care of his son, Alexander. Becca and Ryan use these family-centric episodes to dissect these two characters and what it means to be Klingon. We also investigate the ways their "other" status affects how they are treated and how they think about themselves. We discuss The Next Generation episode "New Ground" and Voyager episode "Barge of the Dead."

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8
Oct

Klingon Family Values Episode Notes

When B'elanna goes on a mind-trip on the Barge of the Dead, she meets her mom. Worf get flummoxed when he's made responsible for the care of his son, Alexander. Becca and Ryan use these family-centric episodes to dissect these two characters and what it means to be Klingon. We also investigate the ways their "other" status affects how they are treated and how they think about themselves. We discuss The Next Generation episode "New Ground" and Voyager episode "Barge of the Dead."

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Barge of the Dead or Community Theater?

 

What We Watched

New Ground

Memory Alpha

Barge of the Dead

Memory Alpha

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Alexander is not excited about going to school

 

Klingons are (Problematic?) Cultural Amalgams

Early TOS Klingons had a "distinctly Asian appearance." The Evolution of Klingon Foreheads via Ex Astris Scientia

Many mentions of Japanese and Chinese history as inspiration. Depicting Klingons via Memory Alpha

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Alexander is really good at Worf's Holodeck training program

 

The Bat'leth was modeled after a Chinese fighting crescent (which we refer to in this episode as an axe). Bat'leth via Wikipedia

Klingon afterlife is modeled after Valhalla from Norse mythology. Klingon Culture > Afterlife via Wikipedia

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In the dream before dying, Klingon warriors kill everyone you know

 

"The Klingons are singularly intriguing as a veritable pastiche, a motley conglomeration, of various human cultures." Klingons: A Cultural Pastiche by Victor Grech

... Also, Spock's makeup was called "Chinese Yellow." From Unfinished Alien to Pure Vulcan, or How Mr. Spock got Cool via Trek.fm

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Klingon "looks" through the ages via Treksphere

 

Episodes that Feature B'elanna or Worf

How many episodes feature B'elanna or Worf?

B'elanna is a featured character in 18 Voyager episodes (out of 172). List of Star Trek: Voyager episodes via Wikipedia

Worf’s character page lists 13 TNG episodes in which he plays a major or minor role (out of 176). Worf > Major shows via Wikipedia

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No boob window = Good lady-Klingon. Boob window = Bad lady-Klingon

 

Barge of the Dead story originally intended for Worf

Ronald D. Moore originally pitched the Barge of the Dead story to feature Worf, but it didn't get used then so he recycled it for B'elanna. Barge of the Dead (episode) > Background information via Memory Alpha 

Worf's ideas are routinely shut down on TNG

Watch Worf gets DENIED again and again on Star Trek TNG. via YouTube

Michael Dorn joined DS9 in order to be "more than just the guy that got his ideas shot down all the time." Michael Dorn at Comic and Toy Expo Q&A 2012 (2) via YouTube

 

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The Enterprise has a Natural History Museum! And conveniently-timed father-son field trips! 

 

Other Female-led Episodes Taking Place in their Minds

Hoshi hallucinates the entire plot inside a 10-second transporter malfunction. Vanishing Point via Memory Alpha

Beverly gets trapped in a pocket universe and everyone else disappears from existence. Remember Me via Memory Alpha

 

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Janeway is Captain Mommy

 

Experiences of People Adopted Cross-Racially

The Transracial Adoption Paradox: History, Research, and Counseling Implications of Cultural Socialization by Richard M. Lee via NCBI

The Realities of Raising a Kid of a Different Race by Karen Valby via TIME

Code Switch: Transracial Adoptees On Their Racial Identity And Sense Of Self via NPR

 

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Statue of Kahless and Morath - Homoerotic? You decide!

 

1
Oct

Michael Burnham: Uhura of Our Time

Content Warning: this episode contains a brief discussion of sexual assault.

From Nyota Uhura to Michael Burnham, badass women of color have been making history in the Star Trek universe since its inception. Come along with Becca and Ryan as we explore these two characters and how they are portrayed. Nichelle Nichols and Sonequa Martin-Green are heroes forever! We discuss Original Series episode "Plato's Stepchildren" and Discovery episode "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad."  

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1
Oct

Michael Burham: Uhura of Our Time Episode Notes

Content Warning: this episode contains a brief discussion of sexual assault.

From Nyota Uhura to Michael Burnham, badass women of color have been making history in the Star Trek universe since its inception. Come along with Becca and Ryan as we explore these two characters and how they are portrayed. Nichelle Nichols and Sonequa Martin-Green are heroes forever! We discuss Original Series Episode "Plato's Stepchildren" and Discovery's "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad."   

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Finally, a Space Whale!

What We Watched

Plato's Stepchildren

Memory Alpha

Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

Memory Alpha

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Why is he dressed like The Tick? 

 

The Importance of Black Women in Star Trek

Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. convinced Nichelle Nichols to stay on Star Trek

Nichelle Nichols Interview via YouTube

Drunk History - Nichelle Nichols Lives Boldly via YouTube

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As I was screen-capping this, my brother said "that looks really forced." YUP

 

The Original Series was airing during the civil rights movement and second reconstruction

The Civil Rights Movement and The Second Reconstruction, 1945—1968 via United States House of Representatives: History, Art, & Archives

 

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Nichelle Nichols and Majel Barrett in Grecian costumes

 

Nichelle Nichols encouraged Sonequa Martin-Green to embrace her roll

What Nichelle Nichols Said to Sonequa Martin-Green at the Star Trek: Discovery Premiere via Tor

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Michael Burnham is not a Mary Sue

Is Michael Burnham A Mary Sue? via YouTube

 

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More costumes like this, please Disco!

 

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Alexander comforts Spock as he is forced to emote

 

Guest Stars on Plato's Stepchildren

Alexander was played by Michael Dunn (imdb)

Philana was played by Barbara Babock (imdb) who went on to win an Emmy - but not for this role.

 

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This is not RACK (Risk-aware consensual kink)

24
Sep

Toxic Masculinity with a Side of Space Whales

*Content Warning: brief discussion of date rape.* Two fan-favorite characters are displaying signs of toxic masculinity: Lt Cdr Geordi La Forge and Neelix. Ryan and Becca shine a light on these characters' upsetting behaviors, and how they reflect real-life situations, especially in the workplace. Also featuring large space-dwelling creatures that are somehow never called space whales. We look at The Next Generation episode “Galaxy's Child” (S4:E16) and Voyager episode “Elogium” (S2:E4).  

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24
Sep

Toxic Masculinity with a Side of Space Whales Episode Notes

Content Warning: this episode contains a brief discussion of date rape.

Two fan-favorite characters are displaying signs of toxic masculinity: Lt Cdr Geordi La Forge and Neelix. Ryan and Becca shine a light on these characters' upsetting behaviors, and how they reflect real-life situations, especially in the workplace. Also featuring large space-dwelling creatures that are somehow never called space whales. We look at The Next Generation episode “Galaxy's Child” (S4:E16) and Voyager episode “Elogium” (S2:E4).  

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How is this not a Space Whale?

 

What We Watched

Galaxy's Child

Memory Alpha

Elogium

Memory Alpha  

 

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 A justifiably angry Dr. Brahms confronts Geordi, standing next to her holo-double 

 

Expressions of Toxic Masculinity

The Nice Guy

Nice Guy Syndrome via Geek Feminism Wiki

"Friends" by xkcd

Controlling Jealous Boyfriend

20 Signs Your Partner Is Controlling via Psychology Today

11 Signs Your Partner Has Unhealthy Jealousy via Bustle

Crazy Jealous Guy via TV Tropes 

Mansplaning

Words We're Watching: Mansplaining via Merriam-Webster

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit via Guernica

  

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This does not look like a business meeting

 

Workplace Sexual Harassment

8 Things To Know About Sexual Harassment In The Workplace via FairyGodBoss

Female Founders Still Face Sexual Harassment From Investors via Wired

Natalie Portman's #MeToo: A Producer, A Private Plane and A Bed via TooFab

Natalie Portman details 'sexual terrorism' she faced as a teen in Hollywood via NY Daily News

 

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Neelix takes his anger out on the lettuce

 

Abuse in Relationships

Cycle of Abuse via Wikipedia

Battered Woman Syndrome via Wikipedia

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Sometimes you just gotta eat the flowers, amirite

 

Recommended Watching

Becca got Ryan hooked on the The Magicians; in this episode we reference the Margolem.

Obviously you should watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer (in case you missed the Buffybot, among many other reasons).

Finally, Farscape features a space whale spaceship named Moya, which should be reason enough.

 

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SERIOUSLY!?

 

17
Sep

My Dear Doctor

Doctor Julian Bashir and Elim Garak are sex-frenemies, and Ryan and Becca have the receipts. Continue the Slash deep dive with us in Part 2 of our 2-part discussion (for Part 1, listen to last week's episode Kirk Heart Spock 4EVA.) Also, we discuss the trope of male bonding via objectifying women, and the fact that Odo is a fascist.  

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17
Sep

My Dear Doctor Episode Notes

Doctor Julian Bashir and Elim Garak are sex-frenemies, and Ryan and Becca have the receipts. Continue the Slash deep dive with us in Part 2 of our 2-part discussion (for Part 1, listen to last week's episode Kirk Heart Spock 4EVA.) Also, we discuss the trope of male bonding via objectifying women, and the fact that Odo is a fascist.  

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Dr. Bashir has all kinds of feelings when he first meets Garak

What We Watched  

Past Prologue  

Memory Alpha  

Garak and Bashir meet for the first time! (YouTube)

The Wire  

Memory Alpha  

Improbable Cause  

Memory Alpha  

Our Man Bashir  

Memory Alpha  

 

The Fandom  

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Garak and Bashir fan art - d'awwwwww

Fanfic  

Archive of Our Own  

Fanlore: Garak/Bashir  

FanFiction.net  

Facebook Groups

Garak is Love. Garak is Life. Garak is Queer.  

Star Trek Shitposting  

Garak is Love Garak is Life 2  

Garak is Love. Garak is Life. 3  

 

Finding Queer Representation  

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Our Man Bashir is a standout episode 

The character of Elim Garak was *almost* openly queer 

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Showrunner Ira Steven Behr Looks Back for Documentary What We Left Behind - comicbook.com  

"I wish we could have done a little bit more with the Garak character. I talk about it in the doc. I mean, he was clearly gay or queer or however you want to say it. I think I would have loved to have taken that and see where that went and how that affected his relationship with Bashir." - Ira Steven Behr

Garak and Bashir: The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Relationship That Should’ve Been - The Mary Sue

Star Trek: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Elim Garak - Screen Rant

Dax is trans!

How Transgender Star Trek Fans Came to View Jadzia Dax as Their Own - The Mary Sue

 

Recommended Reading/Watching/Listening  

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I wanna hold your hand

On Deep Space Nine

What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Andrew Robinson Interview Part 2 (Garak, DS9) made available by TrekCore

On Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner's friendship

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner

On treating fictional texts as sacred & Harry Potter  

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text - Becca highly recommends this podcast!

 

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