InterTREKtional

11
Feb

Who Wants To Vape Snakeleaf With Us?

Picard Episode 3 InterTREKtional coming right up ***SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS***

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Picard enlists his frenemy Raffi, bad-boy Captain Rios, and our fav Dr. Anges Jurati to finally engage in his space adventure. Dr. F*ckboy seems to only exist in a state of sexy-danger-flirting, even with his sister...? Soji plays Tarot-Cataan with a Romulan-ex-Borg mythologist, as Chateau Picard gets a surprise visit. Join us as we discuss all this and more!

 

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11
Feb

Who Wants to Vape Snakeleaf with Us? Episode Notes

***SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS*** Picard enlists his frenemy Raffi, bad-boy Captain Rios, and our fav Dr. Anges Jurati to finally engage in his space adventure. Dr. F*ckboy seems to only exist in a state of sexy-danger-flirting, even with his sister...? Soji plays Tarot-Cataan with a Romulan-ex-Borg mythologist, as Chateu Picard gets invaded by goons. Join us as we discuss all this and more!

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Costumes! 

We love the 14-years-ago Starfleet uniforms. Hear, hear! to costume designer Christine Clark and concept artist Greg Hopwood. P.S. Greg has seen our instagram page (squeeee!) and also worked on Birds of Prey.

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Look! They're so great!

 

The Paradox of Tolerance

In 1945 Philosopher Karl Popper wrote in The Open Society and Its Enemies:

Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.—In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be most unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right to not tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal. 

Much more recently, this comic went all around the internet, and we like Skepchick's take.

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The Tragic Sense of Life

The Tragic Sense of Life is the book of philosophy Captain Rios is reading when we meet him.

“The truth is that reason is the enemy of life.” Regarded as Spain’s most influential thinker, Miguel de Unamuno was a prolific writer of novels, essays, poetry, and plays. Tragic Sense of Life, published in 1912, was his most important philosophical work and is now generally considered one of the great existential texts of the 20th century—as provocative a work in its own right as anything written during the post-war period by Sartre, Camus, or Heidegger. In it Unamuno rejects the life of reason for one of intense passion, faith, and love, establishing Don Quixote as the great role model for contemporary man. — Amazon description

You can get it for free via Project Gutenberg. Or pay $0.99 to get it on Kindle (definitely not an affiliate link... yet?)

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This week on, We watch TNG so you don't have to:

That episode where Picard goes back to Chateau Picard and immediately gets a job offer -- check the privilege! It's called Family. Also, Jean-Luc and his brother mud wrestle in it.

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Oh, brothers.

 

Lost Connections

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions is a very insightful book which Becca highly recommends. It outlines 9 causes of Depression, only one of which is biological, and really expanded her understanding of her own mental illness. 

 

There you are, Hugh!

Now that Hugh's back, it's a great time to (re)listen to our episode The Borgeousie.

 

Killjoys (again)

Becca references one of her favorite shows, Killjoys. In this case, she's postulating that Freecloud (where our heroes are headed at the end of this episode) is akin to Killjoys's Utopia which the character John Jacobis describes thusly, "Sex, drugs, meds, and tech. Everything illegal and freaky... is for sale in Utopia."

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Is this what Freecloud looks like?

 

Socialism in the Military

We talk about the US military being an example of socialism. Here are a few people who agree with that take!

The US Military Is a Socialist Organization via The Nation

Military Life is Socialism and I Love It via Military.com

Troops of the Uniform Unite! The Military Is a Socialist Paradise! via The Daily Beast

 

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He finally said it!

 

4
Feb

Good Morning, Plastic People!

Robots have to work on a holiday, and honestly that's kind of BS. Picard argues with his Romulan housemates, and his doctor. Soji hangs with Dr. F*ckboy and helps cute new trill Dr. Naáshala Kunamadéstifee fasten her belt. Dr. Agnes Jurati drinks Earl Grey. Hot. Spoilers abound. Spoilers abound. 

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4
Feb

Good Morning, Plastic People Episode Notes

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We are shipping these doctors and no one can stop us.

Robots have to work on a holiday, and honestly that's kind of BS. Picard argues with his Romulan housemates, his doctor, and Star Fleet, but still doesn't step foot in a ship. Soji hooks up with Dr. F*ckboy and helps cute new trill Dr. Naáshala Kunamadéstifee fasten her belt. Not all Romulans are spies, but there are a lot of Romulan spies. Dr. Agnes Jurati drinks Earl Grey. Hot. Spoilers abound. 

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Commodore Romulan Spy


Woman in Motion

Becca went to see Woman in Motion, about Nichelle Nichols. Check out their website to learn more about this documentary.

In 1977, with just four months left, NASA struggles to recruit scientists, engineers and astronauts for their new Space Shuttle Program. That is when Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, challenges them by asking the question: Where are my people?.  She embarks on a national blitz, recruiting 8,000 of the nation’s best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first African American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space.

Where in France is Chateau Picard? It is filmed in a number of locations in California. You can now buy the wine, but honestly I read that piece twice and I am still not sure where this wine is from.

Sci Fi Burlesque 

Becca also saw The Hubba Hubba Review perform a sci fi set complete with Commander Riker. We’ll post the video on our Instagram, or you could follow their Instagram, or go see them personally at the DNA Lounge.

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A lot of people work on Labor Day. 

Ten people who work on labor day via Fox Business

Lots of people work on Labor Day, with data, and history, via Business News Daily

Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail.

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Be nice to Siri and Alexa or the may not be nice to you. Just kidding. But seriously, Should you say 'please' and 'thank you' to virtual assistants? via The Verge.

We mention "Brothers" from TNG, when Data and Lore go visit their dad, Dr. Noonian Soong, just before his death. 

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From last week:

Last week we did a fair amount of kvetching about fear of robots and the singularity, and I (Ryan) forgot to make citations.

Roko’s Basilisk is the thought experiment that presupposes that an artificial super intelligence will take over the world and punish those who knew about them and didn’t help bring them into existence. You are all doomed now. We don’t feel guilty, because this idea is dumb. (Although, please, someone make this movie, it sounds like fun to watch). It is basically Pascal’s Wager, which is kind of about believing in God just in case, and honestly makes a tiny bit more sense, but we could be wrong.

Forbes seems to think the singularity is near, while roboticist Rodney Brooks thinks the tech bros are overreacting.

 

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More on Captain Grumpy Pigtails next week, we hope.

28
Jan

All of This Has Happened Before (Episode 1: Remembrance recap)

InterTREKtional Season 3: Picard! is here with your first dose of feminist analysis of Star Trek: Picard. Episode 1: Remembrance. *****SPOILERS ABOUND***** Data is pretty busy painting and teaching cryptic lessons about poker bluffing in Picard's dreams. While awake, Jean Luc takes his tea sans caffeine (but continues to indulge in the real stuff where wine is concerned), shares his home with kindly Romulan refugees, and tanks a cable news interview.  He meets a very special graduate student named Dahj and pledges his eternal assistance and protection to her for reasons we won't reveal in this summary. 9/11 is still on Michael Chabon's mind, and we wonder: do you assume androids are male or female?

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27
Jan

All of This Has Happened Before (Episode 1: Remembrance) Episode Notes

InterTREKtional Season 3: Picard! is here with your first dose of feminist analysis of Star Trek: Picard. Episode 1: Remembrance. *****SPOILERS ABOUND***** Data is pretty busy playing poker, painting, and teaching cryptic lessons about bluffing in Picard's dreams. While awake, Jean-Luc takes his tea sans caffeine (but continues to indulge in the real stuff where wine is concerned), shares his home with kindly Romulan refugees, and bombs a cable news interview.  He meets a very special graduate student named Dahj and pledges his eternal assistance and protection to her for reasons we won't reveal in this summary. 9/11 is still on Michael Chabon's mind. 

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Spoilers after the photo!

 

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Dahj’s boyfriend getting stabbed by ninjas is an example of the “Black Dude Dies First” trope. Black Dudes Die First via TV Tropes

Becca notes that this same character is an example of people of color being cast as alien characters. In Star Trek, Worf, Tuvok, and B’Elanna are examples of this phenomenon.

His death is an example of a dead lover being used as motivation for a hero.  The Lost Lenore via TV Tropes

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Seriously, all of this has happened before and all of this will happened again. Not complaining, though!

Dahj is an example of the trope where a hot girl who seems normal is actually ninja, like River from Firefly. Badass Adorable via TV Tropes

She is also a super talented killer unaware of her own origin story, like Jason Bourne, and a sleeper agent who doesn’t know she is an android, like Boomer from Battlestar Galactica

Check out the Our Opinions are Correct episode, “It’s time to stop quoting Clarke’s third law”, advice I am pretty sure we violate by discussing this podcast in our own podcast.

Ryan is pretty sure the background premise for Picard is an allegory for America's military history in the aughts, specifically the fact that the Iraq War was a response to 9/11, and yet Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. via Vox.com

Growing distrust of institutions in America: Americans Distrust the Government via Pew Research

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Emancipation does not automatically lead to violent revenge, via Stanford University.

Episodes & Movies referenced

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Also referenced:  Outlander, Dark Angel, and, most importantly, Battlestar Galactica.

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22
Jan

Star Wars: How Can You Not be Pansexual in Space? Episode Notes

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22
Jan

Star Wars: How Can You Not Be Pansexual in Space? Teaser

Becca and Ryan discuss what they watched over winter break. (Star Wars!) Also: how a podcast gets made, and how to hear more of our lovely voices. 

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21
Jan

It’s Hard to be Twelve

This week, Becca and Ryan take a quick trip back to school as we recap the Short Trek episode "Children of Mars," (S2:E6) [spoilers abound]. We follow two twelve-year-old girls on a regular school day which takes a turn for the worse. They lead us, somehow, to 9/11, how bad is it really to doodle in class, and a 'Where are They Now' on our fav Admiral Picard. Oh, and we really must know, "Does it Fart?"

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21
Jan

It’s hard to be twelve Episode Notes

This week, Becca and Ryan take a quick trip back to school as we recap the Short Trek episode "Children of Mars," (S2:E6) [spoilers abound]. We follow two twelve-year-old girls on a regular school day which takes a turn for the worse. They lead us, somehow, to 9/11, how bad is it really to doodle in class, and a 'Where are They Now' on our fav Admiral Picard. Oh, and we really must know, "Does it Fart?"

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This episode features the song "Heroes," here is a cover by The Wallflowers, made famous by the movie Godzilla, and here is the original by David Bowie. Both versions are better than the one in this episode. 

Ilamaria Ebrahim, who plays Kima, was on a show called Does It Fart?

We highly recommend Orphan Black, which featured Sadie Munroe, who plays Lil in this episode. 

"Star Trek: Picard" will be available internationally via Amazon Prime

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