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Star Trek Column: TNG First Impressions

Pleasantly surprised by “Encounter at Farpoint,” I take the opportunity to list all the things I thought about it, compared to Star Trek’s past and with the rest of Star Trek: The Next Generation in mind. Also there’s a My Little Pony meme. Star Trek: The Next Generation, First Impressions on Comparative Geeks

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Star Trek Column: Subversive Lady Guest Stars

This month’s Comparative Geeks column has been one of my favorites to write so far: Spotlights on three strong female characters tucked away in the original Star Trek series. My argument, insofar as I have one and am not just fangirl-flailing, is once again that the show was deeply feminist, especially (but not only) for its…… Continue reading Star Trek Column: Subversive Lady Guest Stars

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Star Trek Computers Aren’t All That Retro

Originally posted on Comparative Geeks:
Spock at his computer station. Last month we talked about Star Trek: The Original Series miniskirts, how they came to be and what they signified. While researching the paper that eventually turned into that post, I found out some interesting things about technology too. Most sci-fi isn’t actually futurist, meaning…

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Star Trek Miniskirts: Feminist or Nah?

Originally posted on Comparative Geeks:
Aesthetics carry messages about values. Star Trek, while frequently written about in historical, literary, and technological terms, was also a visual experience with a distinctive aesthetic, and there’s a lot there to talk about! I just wrote a term paper on the topic, and it’s my pleasure to bring you…

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Uhura Wears Red

Originally posted on Comparative Geeks:
It occurred to me recently that Lieutenant Uhura, the Enterprise’s communications officer, portrayed by the formidable Nichelle Nichols, wears a red uniform. This may not be immediately surprising. Lots of people wear red uniforms in the Original Series. All the nameless “redshirt” security guards, yes, but also the entire engineering…

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Harlan Ellison’s “The City on the Edge of Forever”

Originally posted on Comparative Geeks:
Let’s talk about “The City on the Edge of Forever”! A classic Star Trek time travel story, and generally considered to be the best episode in the Original Series. Harlan Ellison, distinguished science fiction author, wrote the first script. However, his script was heavily edited to create the episode we…