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Michael Burham: Uhura of Our Time Episode Notes

October 1, 2019

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)