IMDB Star Trek trivia that pisses me off:
Benedict Cumberbatch recorded his screen test at his best friend’s kitchen using an iPhone.
The screenwriters studied sci-fi novels by Arthur C. Clarke and Larry Niven for inspiration.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s character was not revealed to the actor until a week after he was cast. A studio representative flew to London from Los Angeles with the script handcuffed to his wrist.
Race and Ethnicity in Star Trek
So, am I the only person who thinks that if the Star Trek crew really existed, there wouldn’t be as many white or at least obvious white people on board? I’m no sociolgist, geographer, and anything else that studies this kind of thing, but it just seems odd to me there’s only two non white people on the Enterprise crew.
I can give you Chekov and possibly Scotty, but I think Kirk and McCoy might not be so obviously white. By 2050, Latinos are supposed to be the majority in the U.S. and I’m sure most will inhabit the southern United States. Leonard “Bones” McCoy is from Georgia so it could be reasoned that he might look less like Keith Urban and Forest Kelly and more like Lou Diamond Phillips or Freddy Rodriguez.
Kirk is from Iowa but there’s a chance he could look more like a Barack Obama or Jesse Williams.
Chekov, depending on immigration, could also be half-Chinese because of the close borders of Russia and China. Scotty could be south east Asian because he’s British. Spock is interesting in that while he is half-Vulcan, he seems a bit pale. Vulcan is supposed to be an arid planet, close to the Middle East, so wouldn’t Spock look more bronzed or olive skinned tone? Also, Amanda could be mixed as well so maybe even less likely that he’s pale?
I might be talking out of my butt, but I do like to imagine that the crew wouldn’t majority white people and if they are, probably less blonde hair and blue eyes going around.
Considered diverse then, not necessarily now.
Sexism is such a thing in Trek. For all his utopian ideals, Roddenberry was bad at rising above his own flaws, sexism being the most obvious. (Not misogyny, mind. Dude seems to have been a sincere and dedicated advocate for female empowerment in spite of his own weird ideas about “what women are like.”) And that has utterly permeated Trek ever since.
I mean, is there any more glorious example of men not knowing how to write women than Deanna Troi? Data is a robot and Worf is a badass and Geordie has frigging cyborg eyes, but what do we give our token superpowered lady? Feelings powers. Oh, and all but invariably her episodes are those goddamn “alien shows up, Troi falls in lurrrve, feelings feelings feelings” plots, because Sagan forbid she end up in any other situation, ever.
Worse, some dumbfuck in the writers’ room eventually went “picard has his flute and riker has his beard and data has his cat and worf has his stupid parentheses sword, how should we humanize troi? oh i know: MAKE HER OBSESSED WITH CHOCOLATE.”
“bitches love chocolate”
Of course, supreme badass Dr. Crusher was constantly being undermined at the script stage by her precocious twerp of an offspring, and I’m not even going to get into the writers’ bizarre treatment of Tasha “Rape Gangs” Yar. (I will say that Ro Laren got unusually good writing. For the, what, five episodes she appeared in?) But when an actor is like “please, please, please can I wear the fucking uniform like every other fucking person in the cast?” and the writers answer, “no, trust us, your character is more comfortable with her cleavage showing,” you know what? That is some bullshit is what.
And it’s not just an unpleasant legacy that people moved away from post-Roddenberry. How about that long-running plot in DS9 where Kira is reduced to nothing more than a handy replacement womb for my baby, my baby! Homegirl is literally forced by medical necessity to go through another woman’s entire pregnancy, and it is never once addressed how fucked up this is, except that gee it sure does make Miles O’Brien’s marriage awkward!
Or Voyager? I haven’t watched Voyager for the same reason Jeff Winger isn’t into Glee (“I hate it! I don’t understand the appeal at all!”), but reliable hearsay from breathless fans informs me that, like Picard, Trek’s first female captain likes to turn the holodeck into an outlet for her wistful daydreams. Of course, there’s a slight difference: Picard fantasizes about being a detective from pulpy noir adventure novels, while Janeway fantasizes about being a governess. You read that correctly: a motherfucking nanny from the motherfucking Victorian era. Because heaven forfend that in a world where it ain’t even a thing for a woman to command a starship, that woman not pine for BABIES TO TAKE CARE OF and (no I will not get over this) THE. MOTHERFUCKING. VICTORIAN ERA!!!
So no, it didn’t surprise me to see an all-male, all-white, all-manchild creative team behind the Trek reboot. It’s fitting, in a way. And I’m going to go ahead and piss all the fanboys off by pointing out that the reboot is by far the best movie Trek has ever produced. Whine that it’s “bad Trek” all you want; nothing other than Wrath of Khan comes even close to being as solid a cinema experience. If anything about the reboot did surprise me, it’s that there was so little sexism in the finished product, in spite of its pedigree and the involvement of questionable minds like Lindelof. The treatment of Orions alone made me want to applaud.
So, as always: progress is slow. Progress is frustrating. But progress is progress.
I really only want to say two things. 1) ENSIGN RO WAS MY GIRL 2) Kira was so fantastic in the pilot episode of DS9 and so meh in every episode after that. She got defanged in a major way. 3) Dax got some good writing, but they were treating her as a male, due to her previous host being male. Very telling.
Original animation cels and backgrounds from Filmation’s Star Trek: The Animation Series (1973).
How is it that even in a cartoon it looks like Kirk is trying to ask you out?
“Hey, you there, behind the fourth wall, what are you doing tonight?”
“Star Trek Entertainment Computer 60” What the heck is this thing?
reasons why gene roddenberry’s utopia is dumb
a warning: i’m gonna be dissin’ hard on your main man Roddenberry in this, so proceed with caution!
Perhaps one of the primary features of ‘Star Trek’ that made it different from other shows was, it believed that Humans are improving – they will vastly improve in the 23rd century.”
ok gene das nice
let’s get two things out of the way: 1) i love star trek. 2) i’m going to be criticizing it in this post. the two are not mutually exclusive! i critique because i love! and dudes, lemme tell you, i just gotta critique, so here we go:
from a storytelling perspective, Gene Roddenberry’s utopia is a failure that hampers meaningful development, conflict between characters, and forces the viewer to suspend their disbelief to ludicrous degrees. Despite the fact that we are given many flawed human characters, with all sorts of rakish/sassy/rulebreaking behaviors that seem to directly contradict the idea that humans have ~*~ascended~*~** to a higher plane of enlightenment, Earth is still upheld as a paradise where war, poverty, and good storytelling have been completely eradicated. Gene had good intentions, I’m sure, but the end result is a ridiculous human-centric mess of a universe that. makes. no. sense.
The interesting thing is, perhaps we just frequent different frequencies, but my experience is that this is not so much ‘unpopular opinion’ or ‘dissent,’ but a gripe that many long-term fans have had for a long time. It’s also why DS9 is best Star Trek, because they either defied or found smart sneaky ways around this dictum (rather like Chief O’Brien in his first centric episode of DS9, where he helps Tosk to escape - and God help me I nearly typed Toph).
agree with a lot of this, actually
Dukat Has A Fluttershy by Crappy Unicorn
So here’s Dukat holding Fluttershy.
I bet you he brushes her hair.
ONLY THE MOST EVIL CARDASSIANS LOVE PONIES.
If there isn’t a Brokeback Mountain trailer of these two, I don’t know what’s wrong with the world.
“I’m not used to have a woman on the bridge”
“SAID WHAT BITCH?”
Pike’s incredibly sexist comment is why he is not my favorite captain.
Yes Pike is an ass but can we take a moment just to appreciate how beautiful Majel Barrett is? My god. Even after her husband died Majel carried the torch that is Star Trek. I mean she went on to reprise her roll as Lwaxana Troi and broke our hearts with her love for Odo. Not to mention she is the voice of the computer. I mean she is such an overlooked Star Trek hero. Let’s have a moment of reblogging in honor of Mrs. Roddenberry.