imagine idris elba as a starfleet captain
Watching "Melora," and "Chrysalis," and basically all of season 7
- Me: Oh, look a complex disabled woman character, yay! It's so rare to find women with disabilities in sci-fi television. This is gonna be great having a character I can relate--
- Me: ...Julian, what are you doing?
- Me: Julian?
- Me: Julian, stop.
- Me: Stop, Julian.
- Me: I'm serious, Julian.
- Me: JULIAN, AGAIN?
- Me: *curls protectively around Melora, Sarina, and Ezri*
- Me: *hisses*
- Me: THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS, DISABLED MEN. BECAUSE OF YOU.<p>#i'm gonna need nog and garak and barclay and geordi to have a fucking talk with bashir #have a little disabled men workshop on how to stop being a sexist creeper ass #because geordi and barclay figured that shit out back on the enterprise</p>
…except for one female-only romance in Deep Space 9 which ended after half an episode and was in itself illicit for reasons other than the fact Lieutenant Dax was kissing a woman, not a single character in any Star Trekseries or film has been openly gay or lesbian. (As an aside: sci fi seems far more comfortable with lesbian romance than gay; probably something to do with the assumed audience being mostly straight and male, thus supposedly titillated by the idea.)
There are two reasons for this lack of representation. The hand-wringing, slightly mealy-mouthed explanation given by Gene Roddenberry when asked about the subject was that because people in his future didn’t care about sexuality, it didn’t need to be shown (despite straight male and female characters having sex all the time). Then there’s the real one, which is that ABC executives, all the way up to the end of Star Trek: Enterprise in 2004, were phenomenally uncomfortable with showing, or even implying the possibility of, same-sex couples on-screen. They figured it was a money-loser, was too controversial for US audiences, and so vetoed any real attempt at including gay characters in the franchise. Deep Space 9’s Cardassian tailor Garak, for instance, was supposed to be bisexual, but ABC vetoed the idea. To his credit, Andy Robinson, who played Garak, didn’t take this lying down and made up for it by flirting heavily with one of the more attractive male lead characters (Siddig El Fadil’s Dr Julian Bashir)non-stop for 7 series."
The whole article is a fascinating read.
Had an interesting chat with someone today who’s been reading my nanonovel. He said, oh, is your main character gay? Yes, I said, she is. Huh, he said. Keep in mind this limits your reading audience. Does it, I said? Just keep it tasteful, he said, keep it palatable, and I had a sudden urge to snarl.
Fuck palatable.(via maketreknotwar)
JJ Abrams gave the world a new Star Trek, and not just a new Star Trek but also a new set of actors playing Kirk, Spock and the rest of the iconic original crew. Gone was the techonbable, morality tales about what makes us human and canon. In its place we got ACTION, cheesy nostalgic one liners and a wafer thin plot, in other words, a movie for the modern casual audience.
Star Trek had fallen into the trap of only pleasing its core group of Star Trek fans, even though that audience was huge, Paramount wanted to bring in the casual audience movie-goer who doesn’t want to see a film with a heavy plot, references to science and belonging to a franchise that is considered very nerdy. So Abrams, being a life long fan of Star Wars, Star Warsified Star Trek and engaged the casual audience like no other Star Trek film had done before. It made $350 million at the box office and critics loved it. But stuck in the whirlwind of hype that surrounded J.J Abrams’ Star Trek was a core set of old school Star Trek fans who objected to the liberties Abrams took with the universe they had invested so much time, love and money into for most of their lives. They didn’t like the dumbing down, the odd looking Enterprise, nonsensical science and the rubbish plot. It is easy to ignore them and say that they are just butthurt Star Trek nerds who would never be happy unless they saw William Shatner put on the Starfleet uniform again and take his place in the captain’s chair, but that is a lazy and dismissive response to some very valid points. There are a lot of flaws with Star Trek and the biggest being that the franchise has been pushed into a more generic action fare and gone (possibly forever) is all the things that made Star Trek unique.
Star Trek was more than just catchphrases, warp spreed and firing phasers, it was character driven story telling that had a human heart and no matter how fantastical the setting, you could always relate it to something much more closer to home"
whatculture.com, 15 Blunders That Ruined J.J Abrams’ Star Trek And Destroyed The Franchise
If you enjoyed STID, this blog is in no way saying you cannot. This quote, however, contains valid and relevant points.
Wow that opening was on-point.
(Though I think the issues with Spock have far more to do with the writing than any real problem from Quinto. He’s talented and can carry his own, but there is only so much an actor can do with the material they’re working with.)