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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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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

ussmegababe.jpgCaptain Jean-Luc Picard, USS Mega-Babe

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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20
Jan

Bonus: We are InterTREKtional

Welcome to InterTREKtional! If you're new to the podcast, this is a great place to start. You'll get to know who we are, what Star Trek means to us, and why we're making this show. (Originally aired as the beginning of our very first episode Smashing the Matriarchy.)

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: detailed discussion of the Holocaust, concentration camps, 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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