Posts tagged: syfy
….lmao is this a real thing
i really don’t understand where this myth that women don’t enjoy star trek came from? like, what sort of cave of delusion do you live in
who do you think dressed up for cons and published zines and drew fanart and wrote all the fanfiction and coined the term slash back when star trek was not a franchise but a little-watched sixties TV series that was cancelled after three seasons
we helped keep this thing going and we’ve been here all along, you’re just not looking
It’s been ages now, but I was an intern at a magazine when Star Trek (2009) was doing its press tour. I transcribed a similar quote from Lindelof, and in the process lost it very, very quietly in my cube. Then made my way to the reporter’s office, closed the door, and lost it loudly.
I mean, ffs. Who does he think SAVED THE SHOW? Who crafted one of the first successful letter writing campaigned? Who organized one of the first, legitimately successful TV Show-Specific cons? People who had a lot of time on their hands (in part by many of them being stay-at-home moms), and a lot of energy, and a lot of enthusiasm? Women.
Star Trek simply wouldn’t exist, much less exist as a property highly dependent on the enthusiasm of a small number of fans with highly soluble wallets — hell, modern fandom as we know it wouldn’t exist (we pre-date Star Wars after all) if it wasn’t for the geek culture women pioneered and crafted.
And him being so blind? And so dismissive at, well, frankly, the people that make his entire career, much less this specific job, possible? Man, I’m angry all over again.
Damon Lindelof is literally the biggest back of dicks around. Not only for this, but he’s a Roman Polanski apologist as well. Just a horrible, horrible travesty of a human being.
WOMEN STARTED YOUR PRECIOUS SCI-FI GENRE.
YOU WOULD HAVE NO STAR TREK WITHOUT US.
YOU WOULD HAVE NO VAST UNIVERSE TO EXPLORE WITHOUT US AND OUR WORDS AND OUR STORY AND OUR INGENUITY.
THIS is why I write Winona Kirk the way I do. This shit right here. Because he’s a fucking toolbag, and he didn’t do anything but reinforce the idea that women are mothers, widows, defined (literally) by the men in their lives. And Winona fucking Kirk would have eaten him for breakfast.
I write Winona Kirk the way I do because of this shit right here.
Just give me a chance, just give me a chance to cut his throat out, I’d do a good job I swear
can we talk about how everyone in that meeting was a dude worried about their ability to satisfy their wives
which, haha you assholes
WHY WERE THERE NO WIVES IN THE MEETING
WHY DIDN’T YOU JUST FUCKING //ASK THEM//
WHY DIDN’T YOU //HIRE THEM//
WHY WERE YOU GUESSING
you put a bunch of white dudes in a room and asked them to create a future what did you think was going to happen
it did have it’s moments.
short version, i texted my brother before it started that i was getting flashbacks to may of 1999, walking out it felt more like the matrix reloaded. can’t really explain that without spoilers so here we go!
haha remember when i wrote two thousand words about why star trek into darkness was a failure on every level but i have a four page paper due on tuesday i haven’t even fucking started
seriously tho star trek into darkness was not very good
so… will star trek 2 get into the fact that gaila and most of the rest of kirk’s graduating class was killed by nero? there’s a lot of rich survivor’s guilt / ptsd narrative potential to play with (especially given how much worse spock has it than everyone else), bc //everyone on the enterprise// knew and/or was fucking someone on the farragut or the other six? ships nero blew up over vulcan, before he took that out too.
that scene of everyone on the enterprise being sad followed by simon pegg being snarky followed by Burning Resolve was good stuff, but taking out nero was as pyrrhic a victory as star trek has seen since the dominion war. i’m not saying it has to be galactica now, i’m just saying empire was darker than a new hope for a reason. if it’s another two hours of jokey banter and slash baiting, without a significant undercurrent of everyone faking it to get through some heavy heavy feels given the very real trauma they’re all still going to be reeling from, then BUUUUULLSHIT.
'mr worf, do you know gilbert and sullivan?'
'no sir, i have not had a chance to familiarize myself with all the new crew members since my return.'
'…they're composers, worf. from the nineteenth century.'
and picard just fucking //glares// at him like how dare a klingon raised by russians in the twenty-fourth century not know about //gilbert and sullivan//.
PICARD YOU ARE BEING AN ASSHOLE. WORF HAS BEEN ON THE FRONT LINES OF A BRUTAL WAR AND YOU ARE PUTTING ON HMS PINAFORE. DON’T RUB IT IN.
rewatching star trek insurrection for the first time in fourteen years was pretty enlightening. if you really want to understand what happened to franchise between the mid 90s ‘two series and a movie’ apogee and the 2009 reboot, basically this.
i know a lot of people loved voyager and it wasn’t without it’s merits, but the franchise runners basically spent the last twenty years trying to ignore the ds9 team’s attempts to bring some meat and substance to the embarassingly unrealistic next gen utopia. voyager had some rough edges bc they were lost in deep space, but nothing approaching the dominion war.
meanwhile insurrection was a movie about picard disobeying orders to protect a tiny colony of white people from having their magic fountain of youth planet taken away from them bc principles i guess, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DOMINION WAR.
this is the equivalent of doing a movie about the falklands war set during world war 2.
that they took //four fucking years// to put out anything to capitalize on the runaway success of st09, and ran off jj abrams to disney and star wars in the interim, doesn’t bode well for much at all having change at paramount.
Or should I think more along the lines of the Genetic Engineering theme-plot from Outer Limits (the recent version)?
Because I’m struggling to understand why I don’t get Alphas, or Caprica, or anything good in this life of SyFy, but I get more white dudes with scruff.
literally what happens
fun fact, zayn from eureka aka literally the worst dude is the star of the canadian primeval
yaaaaaay i guess
The 6 Million Dollar Man and/or The Bionic Woman (that last bionic woman reboot was terrible but I think the concept can be salvaged)
Forever Knight (come on, a fucking vampire cop? like jfc how is that not the highest rated show on tv rn)
I stan hard for nick knight and wish that show and Highlander got a reboot
More brown immortals pls
I think highlander might be too silly to get a remake tbh
(and this after I said I want a remake of a show with a vampire cop)
highlander was an immortal who only fought other immortals, forever knight was an immortal who fought human criminals and other vampires, angel was an immortal who fought monsters and demons and lawyers and eldritch gods and all kinds of shit.
highlander was always too insular, it was like if they had legolas but that was it, just elves in nyc and no other folklore or myths or monsters were real too
actually i would deffo watch elves in nyc that would be way better than arrow
man the people making this ender’s game thing don’t seem to have a lot of faith in their audience. the movie is so about ender as literal white saviour that there are multiple people literally saying ‘ender you are our saviour’ right in the trailer.
even large lucas took three movies to badly interrogate what that kind of pressure does to a kid, but apparently ender’s game is about what if darth vader was the hero?
and they did that already, and clone wars at least knew how to build suspense.
afro celt sound system - the silken whip (bsg)
true story, in high school we were supposed to write chapters of gullivers travels and i wrote one where gulliver ended up in eternia and he-man was a fascist dictator and skeletor was leading a populist rebellion
i got an a
i’m going in a half hour to my creative writing class and we won’t be sharing our terrible prose til next week at leastbbut i’m super nervous bc they keep giving me a’s on shitty essays and eventually they’re going to figure out i’m not shit
i did an odyssey chapter freshman year of hs where i worked in the hyperions tho that was pretty cool
my brother had a writing class with this prof - i had him for shakespeare - and he said on day one no scifi
weak-ass syfy channel scifi has no characters i guess but just bc it’s real world doesnt make it good
about how if i’m going to hold up star trek six as an interrogation of boomer generation cold war xenophobia against the russkies, i need to be holding my own generation to task for post-911 narratives that fail to use 911 imagery to punch up.
even new star trek is basically an imperialist narrative, they’ve swapped out the romulan //empire//, which is a good soviet proxy, for a rogue group of romulan //individuals// who are instead a proxy for al qaeda. and they’ve specifically structured the narrative to defuse any critique of federation colonialism, even in the alternate ‘original’ future timeline, bc nero says ‘spock let romulus burn so this is at least on some level his fault’ and spock can say ‘so sorry but no i was trying to help’. and that’s crap from the perspective of a film playing in the 911 sandbox but just playing into the same racist islamophobic tropes that 911 flared up all across society //eight years earlier//.
and then //they did it again// but even more explicitly this time with ‘starship hits city’ as narrative device, and even though they wrote the terrorist/villain to be a white dude, they still wrote him as a terrorist/villian, and //they still had malevolent brown aliens our heroes had to fight heroically// as a side dish.
and they didn’t //really// address the history of western imperialism as root cause of islamic terrorism, bc while there might be a narrative intent there where robocop abusing khan’s intellect by holding his crew hostage to militarize starfleet against the klingons is meant to have khan represent al qaeda and the klingons still representing the soviets like they did in the 80s, which is basically what //actually happened in the real world//? because khan was //white// and the klingons were still //brown//, NOBODY IS GOING TO READ INTO DARKNESS AS THE COLD WAR. it instead feels like khan is //cheney and halliburton//, protesting against the post-911 militarization of starfleet they built up in response to nero’s islamic terrorism analogue, which is now literally embodied by THE SAVAGE BROWN KLINGON ARMY omg you assholes how did you manage to roll the klingons ALL THE WAY BACK TO ORIENTALIST BROWN PERIL so you could have your narrative criticize post-911 militarization //while also having the savage muslim hordes looming on the horizon//, congratulations you are pope innocent at the council of clermont.
even fellowship of the ring fell right into that narrative, a bunch of faceless nameless brutal savage //brown// warriors marauding across ‘civilization’ who have to be defeated by a glimmering white army, and while fellowship at least still had a white guy as the main antagonist, and while fellowship kind of just had the bad luck to be released only two months after 911, that fellowship //already fit the mold we were all looking for// doesn’t speak highly of pj’s vision holding up for another thirty years as not-racist.
and i liked 24 at the time as much as the next guy for dealing with these issues with at least //some// complexity, but it was still basically revenge porn, and the next guy was literally my 60ish supervisor who still blames walter cronkite for poisoning public opinion against the vietnam war ‘which we were winning, if you asked the right people’ soooooo
off the top of my head the only post-911 work to deal with 911 themes //and use them to hold western imperialism accountable// was new galactica, and the more i think about it the more of our recent major works start to look embarassingly shallow and venal and //racist as all hell//, like even star trek: enterprise took an entire season to deal (super clumsily) with a 911 / existential war on terrorism narrative, come the fuck on.
i’m sure this is crit that’s been out there the whole time, but ten years on from the re-election of bush it’s a good time to stop and look.
aiffe replied to your post “pastagfirullah replied to your post “cumaeansibyl replied to your post…”It only got worse. They had Space 9/11 and Archer went all Jack Bauer on Space Muslims. Then T’Pol got Space AIDS. Terrible.
Oh my god. Like I was already deeply skeeved out that T’Pol and Tripp was gonna be a thing, but SPACE AIDS makes me wanna toss my cookies. If ENT Space 9/11 is anything like STID Space 9/11 but with the added delight of Archer, that’s definitely not an episode I’d’ve been able to sit through, wow.
'episode', hahaha, nooooo that was ALL OF SEASON THREE. s2 ends with a death star jumping out of warp and wrecking a bunch of i think the midwest, including killing trip's sister we'd never heard of before so MANLY REVENGING and everyone had a personal stake in going into unknown territory and it was //not subtle// and //not good// and the big-bad looked //exactly like the villian in galaxy quest// but not in a clever callback,just a 'we really did run out of ideas oh well'.