“Threshold” and Consent
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by The Crew
3d ago
“Threshold” from Voyager manages to be simultaneously famous and infamous. Famous for the body horror make-up, including Tom Paris’ tongue falling out of his mouth, and infamous for the transformation of Paris and Janeway into ‘space salamanders’ who then have three baby ‘space salamanders’ that are never mentioned again in the series and ignored by Trek until Lower Decks. Yet, the final scene of the episode has somehow slipped under the fan radar – even though one line in particular comes off as either a rape joke at worst or a question of consent at best. Trek often has a rough relationship ..read more
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Agnes Jurati Deserved Better
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by The Crew
1w ago
Content warning: This article discusses emotional and physical abuse. Spoiler Alert: Star Trek: Voyager Season 3; Star Trek: Picard Season 2  Star Trek: Picard’s second season ends with an unprecedented twist: an alliance between the United Federation of Planets and one of its oldest enemies, the Borg Collective. Picard’s shipmate Agnes Jurati, after being assimilated and possessed by the Borg Queen, resists her captor long enough to make her question her policy of forced assimilation and try asking for consent instead. This is portrayed as a happy ending for Jurati, redemption for the Q ..read more
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How Seven/Raffi (Saffi) Blew My Mind
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by The Crew
2w ago
(Caution: This article contains spoilers up to the final episodes of VOY Season 7 and PIC Season 2.) When I first saw Seven of Nine and Raffi Musiker holding hands in the Season 1 finale of Star Trek: Picard, I must admit I was a little bit weirded out. LGBTQIAP+ representation in Trek has developed slowly if at all, so I was not prepared to see this. It did make sense that those two would connect as friends, I thought, with both of them having lost children and everything else they’d been through. Maybe they saw each other as sisters. Was I ever wrong about that last one! First, I should exp ..read more
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Imagining 5 Guest Stars Trek Could’ve Had
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by The Crew
3w ago
Star Trek has had many memorable guest stars over its various iterations. Some were one shot characters who only had one appearance, such as David Ogden Stiers as Doctor Timichin in The Next Generation episode “Half a Life” while others were characters who had a major role in series arcs, such as Jeffrey Combs as Brunt, several Weyoun clones in Deep Space 9 andThy’lek Shran in Enterprise. However, there are several other performers who could have been in Trek, but were never cast in any iteration prior to the performer’s death. Five particular performers who could have left an impact on Trek e ..read more
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Considering the Ferengi Feminist Revolution
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by Jarrah Hodge
1M ago
If asked to describe the overarching plot of Deep Space 9 you’d probably think of how they helped the war torn Bajor recover from a century of military occupation by Cardassia while trying to prevent the Federation from facing the same fate under the Dominion. But another smaller plotline is quite interesting to consider: the Ferengi feminist revolution. The timeline of this revolution that saw Ferengi women go from being imprisoned in their homes, banned from wearing clothes, and financially dependent on male relatives to being free to leave their homes, clothed, and financially independent i ..read more
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Prodigy Recap: “Supernova, Part 2” (S1, E20)
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by Jarrah Hodge
1M ago
Last week we left our crew trying to stop the imminent destruction of the Federation, after the Vindicator activated the construct weapon. At the start of this week’s finale, Dal contemplates self-destructing the Protostar, but Jankom says that their proto-core would basically create a supernova, blowing up everyone in the sector. Rok has the idea that they could do it if they blew up the core at the same moment they proto-jumped, spreading the energy across the sector. Hologram Janeway suggests they use the vehicle replicator to make a shuttlecraft, and they can escape before the ship explode ..read more
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Reflecting on Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
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by The Crew
1M ago
This December, the late, forever great Nichelle Nichols would have turned ninety. Her passing this year took not only one of the original cast, but a trailblazer of television who helped usher in the very changes Trek embodied: a better future where anyone could be part of a multicultural team of beings who worked together to learn more about the universes they inhabited. Even in the more awkward moments of the franchise, she remained an icon, a woman of color millions respected and loved. As Uhura, Nichols paved the way for better representation in more recent iterations of TV, far beyond St ..read more
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In Search of Lukara
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by The Crew
1M ago
While the Klingons have been part of Star Trek since The Original Series and have been reinvented on a regular basis, there is something particularly interesting about several of the most Klingon heavy episodes of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Several Klingon women are featured throughout both series, including the sisters Lursa and B’Etor, yet the woman who helped establish Klingon society and killed their gods, Lukara, has yet to be seen on screen even in Lower Decks, Discovery, or Picard. Why is such a vital figure of Klingon history still unexplored? It is important to note that ..read more
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Prodigy Recap: “Supernova, Part I” (S1, E19)
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by Jarrah Hodge
1M ago
Last week finished on a cliffhanger, with Janeway in the brig and both the Protostar and Dauntless arriving in Federation space, met by an armada of Starfleet ships summoned by Asencia/the Vindicator. Opening this episode, Janeway tries to persuade her guard to let her out, but initially has no luck. On the Protostar bridge Dal lets the others know that Janeway might not be able to help them much because, thanks to his antics in her body last week, they think she’s crazy. On the Dauntless bridge Jellico is being briefed by her first officer. Jellico is hopping mad that they brought this poten ..read more
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Prodigy Recap: “Mindwalk” (S1, E 18)
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by Jarrah Hodge
1M ago
We pick up where we left off last week, with the crew scrambling to figure out what to do now they’re nose to nose with the Dauntless. Hologram Janeway deactivates herself, reasoning that if she doesn’t know what they’re doing she can’t sabotage them any further. The Dauntless is hailing them but Dal orders them not to respond so it doesn’t trigger the construct weapon. They’re locked out of controls but the Protostar‘s warp drive powers up, causing the ship to try to run away. Meanwhile on the Dauntless the Diviner, the Vindicator and Drednok stash Vice-Admiral Janeway, who is still passed ou ..read more
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