InterTREKtional

10
Dec

The Borgeousie

InterTREKtional dives into the Borg's first appearances to talk about ambitious women, "The Picard Song", Guinan's role on the Enterprise, and what's so wrong with assimilation, anyway. TNG's The Best of Both Worlds (S3:E26 and S4:E1) and I, Borg (S5:E23) are covered.

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Episode Citations and Photos

10
Dec

The Borgeousie Episode Notes

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InterTREKtional dives into the Borg's first appearances to talk about ambitious women, "The Picard Song", Guinan's role on the Enterprise, and what's so wrong with assimilation, anyway. TNG's The Best of Both Worlds (S3:E26 and S4:E1) and I, Borg (S5:E23) are covered.

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Ugh.

What We Watched

The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds

Memory Alpha

Memory Alpha

The Next Generation: I, Borg

Memory Alpha

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I am short, but I am better than you

The Picard Song

The Picard Video via YouTube

A gayer version of the Picard Song video  via YouTube 

The history of the Picard Song via Know Your Meme

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The best part about being an admiral is the sparkly top they give you

Captain Picard sings the Alphabet

Captain Picard Alphabet Song via YouTube

Patrick Stewart does a French accent

Highly recommended via the Graham Norton Show

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When you know you're in the right

More on Lieutenant Commander Shelby

How Lieutenant Commander Shelby Raised the Bar for Equality via StarTrek.com 

Get this book, read this essay

"You will be assimilated" Multicultural Utopianism in the 24th Century, by Mehdi Achouche, via Exploring Picard's Galaxy

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Please don't imprint on me

Ayn Rand and "I"

“Today we have discovered the word that could not be said. 'I'”

“I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals, and I loathe humanity, for its failure to live up to these possibilities.”
― Ayn Rand, Anthem

"Mentee" shouldn't be a real word 

Mentee is a reprehensible neologism via No True Scotsman 

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 Guinan spills the tea

 The Surname Sex Discrepancy  

“Recognizing a professional by his or her last name can mean improved perceptions of fame, status and importance in the person's field. Respondents said scientists (whose names were invented for the study) were 14 percent more deserving of a career award when referred to by fictional surnames, even when they shared the same achievements.”

Men more likely than women to be called by their last name via Newsweek

Men more likely than women to be called "doctor" via Newsweek

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Weekly fencing date

The Why Phase

The Why Phase via Kveller 

Whoopie Goldberg was inspired by Uhura 

Young Goldberg was inspired to become an actress after seeing Nichelle Nichols on TV in The Original Series via StarTrek.com

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Cute couple, right?

3
Dec

She’s a Killer Queen

Repulsive yet seductive, powerful and enigmatic, the Borg Queen is one of our favorite Star Trek villains. In preparation for Star Trek: Picard, Becca and Ryan kick off InterTREKtional Season Two with this deep look at the Borg's baddest bitch. The film Star Trek: First Contact, and Voyager episodes "Dark Frontier" (S5:E15/16) and "Unimatrix Zero" (S6:E26; S7:E:1) are discussed.

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Episode Notes and Citations

3
Dec

She’s a Killer Queen Episode Notes

Repulsive yet seductive, powerful and enigmatic, the Borg Queen is one of our favorite Star Trek villains. In preparation for Star Trek: Picard, Becca and Ryan kick off InterTREKtional Season Two with this deep look at the Borg's baddest bitch. The film Star Trek: First Contact, and Voyager episodes "Dark Frontier" (S5:E15/16) and "Unimatrix Zero" (S6:E26; S7:E:1) are discussed.

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Borg Queen restrains Data

Data is restrained by a leather clad Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact, the kinkiest Trek film.

 

What We Watched

Star Trek: First Contact

Memory Alpha

Voyager: Dark Frontier

Memory Alpha

Voyager: Unimatrix Zero

Part 1 - Memory Alpha

Part 2 - Memory Alpha

 

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Data gives up/gives it up to Queenie without a fight

 

Check out the podcast "Our Opinions are Correct"

Episode 39: Monstrous Women and Women who Make Monsters

 

 

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Why are you so obsessed with me? - Seven

 

Levar Burton didn't want to wear the VISOR anymore

AOL Chat interview with Ronald D. Moore via Memory Alpha

 

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I could totally grow hair if I wanted to. -Queenie

 

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Not that bitch, again.

 

Ryan suspects that blue eyes are linked to colorism, some context

 

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison via TV Tropes 

But not too black via TV Tropes

Innocent blue eyes via All The Tropes

There can only be one woman trope

Territorial Smurfette via TV Tropes

 

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Ugh, where's the mall? 

Harry Kim never gets promoted 

"Another odd turn, in my opinion, was the non-promotion of Ensign Kim. I mean, come on people! Kim was probed, beaten, tortured and held the distinction of being the first Voyager crew member to die and come back to life. What more does a guy have to do to get promoted to Lieutenant for frak’s sake?" -Garrett Wang

Straight Talk with Voyager's Garrett Wang, Part I via StarTrek.com

The Bechdel Test

The Bechdel Test - Everything You Need to Know via No Film School

Find out if anything and everything passes the Bechdel test at TheBechdelTest.com 

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This never gets old, apparently.

 

Special Effects

How the Borg Queen dies in First Contact via Fandango NOW Extras

Watch Jonathan Frakes rave about Alice Krige as well as some cool behind the scenes footage of the Queen's head and body joining in the Making Star Trek: First Contact Documentary via Pop Culture Pandora 

 

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Both actresses kill it as the Borg Queen, but Alice gets better lipgloss. 

 

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)