I knew I should watch it and I wanted to watch it, but… good lord, HAVE YOU SEEN HOW MANY EPISODES THERE ARE? So when it was proposed to me years ago that I should journey into the great beyond that is Star Trek’s canon, I knew that this would be the only way I could see all of it – from beginning to end – and to try and appreciate it for what it did and what it is.
With just a few minutes of dialogue, “The Man Trap” establishes that they are close friends, that they respect one another, and that they’re comfortable enough that they can openly poke fun at each other, too! Their rapport is unreal, and I had this super silly moment when Kirk and Bones were super close to one another, and I almost said, “NOW, KISS.” Because holy shit, their dynamic IS NOT OKAY AT ALL.and by the Enterprise's diversity:
THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE CASTS I HAVE EVER SEEN IN A SCIENCE FICTION SHOW. A black woman, a Japanese man, A TON OF SUPER DIVERSE BACKGROUND CHARACTERS ALL THE TIME, and like????? Mostly, it makes me sad that in one episode, this goddamn show is more diverse than sci-fi properties being made in 2014. It’s been nearly 48 years since this aired, what the hell are we doing with ourselves?S1E02 - Charlie X:
I make jokes about this being a Twilight Zone episode BUT IT ACTUALLY WAS HOLY SHIT.S01E03 – Where No Man Has Gone Before:
Watching William Shatner constantly overact is the greatest treat in the world.S01E04 – The Naked Time:
Sulu, in one of the most unforgettable set of scenes I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED, is eager to go to the gym??? THEN HE BELIEVES HE IS A SWASHBUCKLING HERO, AND HE DOESN’T HAVE A SHIRT ON, AND HE’S CHALLEGNING EVERYONE TO DUELS, AND HE’S TRYING TO RESCUE UHURA BECAUSE SHE’S HIS DAMSEL IN DISTRESS, AND OH MY GOD, IT IS EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER WANTED IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.S01E05 – The Enemy Within:
I realize that this episode was penned a long time ago, and I’m not expecting perfection from it either. But lord, this wasn’t done that well. Of course, there’s a problem with the whole trope of using rape to put women in peril, which unfortunately has become a pervasive trope in genre works. Science fiction specifically hasn’t historically dealt with consent well at all! So I don’t know that I accept how this premise is executed over the course of this episode. And I could have used something in the script to say that Spock’s treatment of Rand at the end of the episode was forty billion times not okay. Yo, dude, I get that you’re a logical being devoid of emotions, but why on earth would you tell her that some of the things Evil Kirk said to her were interesting? No. NOPE.S01E06 – Mudd’s Women:
Anyway, I got the sense that this story was supposed to be about choice and objectification, but I don’t know that it actually achieves that goal. [...] Virtually nothing about the way “Mudd’s Women” is made or executed suggests that this was written for women. The camera suggestively follows all of the women, framing only certain parts of their bodies. Their outfits are absurd. The way that the men’s behavior is framed is so unreal because it’s not like there are no women aboard the Enterprise! Though I do find it suspicious that in an episode about women, practically every woman on the ship is non-existent. Why didn’t Uhura have a bigger role here? Where’s Rand? Not one woman had anything to say about this?New posts every other weekday: Schedule. Spoiler Policy. Mark's commenters use rot13 for spoilers: rot13.com.
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