I haven’t seen a reaction this severe since medical school.
We’re flying into a trap!
Dammit, Jim! Stand still!
It’s quite brilliant, isn’t it? I mean, we have some episodes when the writers were like “Let’s make an episode who reflects the inner conflicts of the character and in the process we’re going to make the viewer think about his own notions of morality and life” and then some episodes the writers were like “Let’s just make an episode with everyone making out with everyone”
Redshirts always die
But redskirts are immortal <3
James T Kirk explained in 3 sentences, ladies and gentlemen.
you guys don’t want to know the amount of times I’ve gotten the “______ has reblogged your picture “there are more women in this screenshot than there are in the entire reboot" with the additional comment "lol all REDSHIRTS all DEAD HAHAHA”
There are more women in this screenshot than there are in the entire reboot
This scene right here in many ways encapsulates many of the frustrations I have with the Star Trek reboot, and most reboots in general. When you reboot a “groundbreaking” show, you should reboot the ideals of the show and the mission of the franchise, not just play on the nostalgia of old fans. Star Trek in the 60s comes in the middle of the Cold War and in the midst of the Civil Rights Era, so including different nationalities, a female black lieutenant, and an alien was a huge deal. Now? The same characters look dated in a reboot because Star Trek completed its original mission. Moreover, the reboot movies just don’t make any sense.
Too often, Star Trek traditionalists rage over J. J. Abrams “destroying” Star Trek by rewriting its history. That isn’t my biggest issue. Gene Roddenberry himself said that one day Star Trek would continue without him for a new generation and he would be okay with that, because he believed Star Trek belonged to the people. My issue is not a reboot itself, nor is it a fresh timeline. My problem is that this reboot makes Star Trek look so out of touch. The Cold War is over. The Civil Rights Movement has passed, and we have Star Trek as a reference piece of culture now. It’s time to “boldly go where no one has gone before” again.
It starts with the crew. The original Enterprise crew are heroes for sure, but their time has passed. They are the people we look back to for guidance now. Since Kirk, we’ve had a much more diplomatic and reserved captain in Picard, a more spiritual and combat-ready captain in Sisko (who also happened to be black and from New Orleans woot!), and we had probably our toughest captain ever in a woman with Captain Janeway. We’ve seen people of color and women take on larger roles within the shows for decades, so why must we now go back to play on nostalgia from the 60s. I would have hoped to see a more gender-balanced crew, and with all of the tensions in American politics between the US and the Islamic world, I think it would have been a Star Trek move to include a Muslim character on the crew just like the original Enterprise had a Russian flying the ship. Americans continue to debate whether gay people should be able to live their lives, so I think it would be a Star Trek move to have a gay character featured and have them be as competent and professional as Uhura and Chekov. Hell, we’ve represented various groups in Harry Kim, Nyota Uhura, Julian Bashir Chakotay, Chekov, Scotty, Sulu, O’Brien, Travis Mayweather, Hoshi Sato, and more. We’ve touched briefly on genderqueerness with Dax. Star Trek has gone there before. Why not go there again? In “playing it safe,” they’ve made Star Trek look dull and out of touch.
Next we have the plotlines themselves. Kirk and Spock’s friendship is legendary, obviously, but that friendship built over three seasons of television, and five movies, all of which hit the screen over the course of thirty years. What has boggled me by the last two Star Trek movies is the overwhelming focus on Kirk and Spock to the detriment of everything else going on. The last two movies have had the same arc: Kirk needs to learn to cool his jets, and Spock needs to learn that it’s okay to have feelings sometimes. Why? We already covered that. You established a crew, now go do something. I could pick apart the plot of Into Darkness for about four paragraphs here, but most of it comes down to too many references to Wrath of Kahn and other Star Trek media without any context to make it blend into a cohesive story. Fandom inside jokes can be great for a franchise so long as they don’t compromise the story for the uninitiated. If a good portion of your audience has no idea why we’re tossing around names and places, they’re not going to care and disconnect from the movie.
All of this leaves Star Trek as something uninspiring, and to be fair I think we’ve been here for a long time. Star Trek has always been a cult show, but we’ve been trapped in a movie franchise that you are only invested in because your parent(s) raised you on Star Trek since Star Trek: First Contact. Star Trek has just been a series of action movies set in space since the Picard movie era, and it has never pulled itself out of it. I want my competence Star Trek back. I want to see people from all sorts of backgrounds coming together to do their jobs as they explore new frontiers. I want to see outlets for conversations about the social, political, and economic issues we face in our society. That’s the Star Trek I want back. The characters and set pieces themselves do not make Star Trek what is it. It’s the stories that it tells with those characters.
Please, make Star Trek relevant again. Empower people. ALL PEOPLE. Women, men, people of all color, orientation, etc. We have too much apocalyptic fiction out there, where the only hero worth noting is the tough average joe. Give me a future where we continue to learn and grow by embracing our differences and working together.
Catsuits. That’s what I was originally going to talk about. Next Gen put Deanna in them. Voyager had Seven and Enterprise had T’Pol. (If you were hoping I’d talk about something else for this segment of the upcoming Voyager and Enterprise weeks, you’re going to be sadly disappointed I’m afraid.)
The only character who wore anything resembling a catsuit in DS9 was Mirror Kira, the Intendant of Bajor, but when it came to writing a post about her, I found that the issue was far more complicated than for the aforementioned ladies, and to be perfectly honest, I’m having an off-week and didn’t feel up to writing something so… complex.
So I’m shelving that topic for a future week, but rest assured, the Mirror Universe is a topic I want to explore very thoroughly.
Instead, this week, I thought I’d take a break from the negative ‘my goodness what were they thinking?’ topics and instead celebrate something the costume department got very, very right. That is, the casual, off-duty wardrobes of Kira Nerys, Jadzia Dax and Ezri Dax.
(Note: I’m focusing specifically on outfits they choose to wear, so we’ll have to save the discussions about any changeling imposters, or holographic versions of them, for another time.)
First of all, I want to preface this by saying how awesome it is that all three of our main female characters wear their uniforms while on duty. For those that missed last week’s post, this might seem an odd thing to say, but just think about Deanna, Seven and T’Pol for a minute, and you’ll see why I consider this seemingly obvious thing awesome.
(I’ll save the discussion about the uniforms themselves for a future post - probably one that encompasses all the series.)
When we do see our main characters out of uniform its either because they’re -
- Dressed up for the holodeck.
- Off-duty (and even then, they spend a large amount of their time off-duty still in uniform).
- Off the station.
- Going to a party.
- In their quarters/sleeping.
Let’s discuss the outfits created to address each of these needs, and what makes them so good.
Note: This post is very image heavy, so I’m putting it under a Read More for those of you who want to avoid being inundated with pictures. (I couldn’t resist multiple screenshots to show off the details of each outfit!)
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