Anyone who has had a conversation with me for more than five minutes know that I have two TV passions that will stay with me until the day I die: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Star Trek. Today is S day for the blogging challenge, so that means one thing: STAR TREK DAY!
And because I love me some controversy, below are five somewhat controversial opinions I hold on the franchise beloved by nerds everywhere. Be warned: THERE WILL BE FEMINISM.
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1. The Original Series is kind of meh: Some of my earliest television memories are not of Sesame Street or The Muppets, but rather of watching my dad’s complete set of Star Trek: TOS VHS tapes (early 90s FTW!) on lazy Saturdays. In particular, I watched the Tribble episode over and over, because what five-year-old doesn’t enjoy fuzzy blobs of fast-breeding purring cuteness? And while I still believe Star Trek: TOS is one of the great classic TV shows, I prefer the later series and films, with their diverse casts and modern acting styles (oh, Shatner’s delivery sometimes). I know, I’m a blasphemer: COME AT ME, FANDOM. Also, sorry, Dad, don’t kill me! And yes, The City at the Edge of Forever is the best TOS episode.
2. I Like Star Trek: Generations (#7 movie): I know this movie is universally hated, and yes, I think it did poorly by (SPOILER) Kirk’s death, but I actually really like it. The scene where Picard tells Troi about his brother’s and nephew’s deaths is particularly touching, and I thought the concept of the Nexus ribbon, which is basically heaven, was unique. Underrated!
3. My favorite uniforms are the ones from Voyager and early DS9: I know everyone prefers the grey/black uniforms from First Contact and beyond, but they are WRONG. There’s something about the simplicity of the Voyager and early DS9 jumpsuits that speak to me. They just look very comfortable, though I know the real-life versions probably weren’t.
2. I like Data’s Day: Many trekkies HATE the TNG episode “Data’s Day,” where Data relates a day in his life to a correspondent. It’s comic, touching, exciting (FAKE VULCAN AMBASSADOR WHO IS ACTUALLY ROMULAN FTW!) and always makes me tear up in the end, despite the presence of (ugh) Chief O’Brien, who should be nicknamed CHIEF MISOGYNY in his treatment of his wife, Keiko, who is too damned good for him.
1. I love Voyager and Janeway is my favorite captain: Oh, how the fanboys LOVE to hate on Voyager and Captain Janeway (especially Captain Janeway)! But honestly, I never understood the hate for the series–it had no more “bad” episodes than TNG, the first two seasons of which were mostly awful–though I do understand the hate for Janeway. In my opinion, she was a character before her time on television: a flawed, strong, badass woman who made controversial and sometimes wrong decisions. And yet people hate her. Why? Welp, considering that she was the most like the beloved Kirk than any other captain (she basically said “fuck it” to the Prime Directive when it suited her, and was constantly gambling based on her gut), fans’ hatred of her basically boils down to her vagina. Plain and simple. And yes, people will argue to the death that OH, I DON’T LIKE HER BECAUSE XYZ, but XYZ is usually bullshit and, again, never that different than the shit that Kirk, and even Sisko and Picard, pulled on more than one occasion (um, remember when Sisko was basically an ACCESSORY TO MURDER? Kind of torturing that one douche from the Equinox was nothin’, my friends!). People forget that this bitch was 75,000 lightyears from home and had to do EVERYTHING on her own, with only Chakotay and his tattoo to advise her when she went too far. She saved Seven’s humanity, made Tom Paris a decent human being, took a chance on the maquis, and, oh right, she CHANGED HISTORY to get her crew home sooner! She’s a BAMF with fabulous god-damned hair, and I will defend her, and Kate Mulgrew’s performance (yes, that’s the woman from OITNB, she was badass before that show) until the day I die. As I always say:
Please boldly go into the comment section and leave me your thoughts! Long live Janeway!