Wednesday, January 22, 2014

To Boldly Go Where No Normal Man Has Gone Before....

I'm a lot older than Alexander McNabb, and there wasn't any Star Trek at all in my formative years. The closest thing was Captain Video.


Nothing homoerotic going on there, by God.  Makes James Tiberius Kirk look like Pajama Boy. (There's a reason for that middle name.) Anyhow, as I've said before, Star Trek, like most TV dramas and sitcoms, and probably more than most, has a mission to marinate impressionable young minds in liberalism, and does a good job of it. Read all about it HERE. And especially about its "diversity" ethic HERE.

Well, of course, some people are complaining (bitching?) that Star Trek isn't gay enough. We need a special gay starship captain or something. We could have a story line about a gay Federation ambassador to some primitive planet who gets killed by rioters because Foreign Minister Janeway was busy negotiating a Galaxy-wide hand phaser ban with the Andoreans or the Hobbits or somebody... But that might upset some fans.  So we need a captain.  Maybe Stephen Fry. Or Richard Simmons. Or Anderson Cooper. I'll leave that to the experts.  This, from Alternative Right's new website HERE.

STAR GAY, THE QUEER FRONTIER


by Alexander McNabb

You might wanna sit down and call your cardiologist before reading further, but I have a big confession to make: I’m a huge science fiction nerd. See I was born in the early 1980s and during those tender formative years of youth my brain was exposed to Patrick Stewart ordering the bridge crew of the Enterprise to “Engage!” on a course boldly where no one has gone before at unreasonably high warp speeds. In the 1990s television was virtually saturated with three different Star Trek shows, FarscapeLexxStargate SG-1The New Outer Limits, and dozens of short lived sci-fi shows like Space Above and Beyond. This was before the lens of the camera turned from the abstract what-if scenarios and imaginative exploration of the universe and focused instead on boring, insipid reality television. (If only I could build a time machine and go back and fire a quantum torpedo at everyone involved with Survivor.)

Today of course science fiction has virtually disappeared from popular media, mostly replaced by narcissistic reality television shows where you can watch the daily lives of spoiled New Jersey douchebags or see people buy shit at pawn shops. I’ve heard there’s even a show where you get to follow around a couple of guys while they BUY ANTIQUES! Fiction itself has dwindled on television, outside of the occasionally exceptional shows following the “HBO series” format. Curiously though, when science fiction, particularly Star Trek does make an appearance, certain modern commentators have THIS to say:

“But there’s one particular area of social justice that the franchise has failed to live up to its standards on, and it remains a blight on the series in my estimation. I’m talking about the fact that there has never, despite years of promises and false starts, been an openly gay or lesbian character in the canon Star Trek universe.”
Are you sure we haven’t had an openly gay character or two?

On second thought, we've been to this frontier already.

Lemme get this straight in my head. Star Trek, the franchise that’s had black and female captains, alien and robotic crew members, and tackled all sorts of bizarre and intriguing identity dilemmas (RejoinedThe Outcast), needs an obligatory gay character? This is a franchise set in the future where a fucking STARSHIP flies around the universe faster than light with Goddamn alien officers on board and androids have been declared sentient beings with their own legal rights, but you think the show needs more diversity? How would a gay character add ANYTHING of substance to the plot or the characters? (Read the rest HERE.)

4 comments:

  1. I liked the original Star Trek but the second with Picard was sometimes intolerable. I remember one episode in which it was mentioned money didn't exist anymore and one guy, unfrozen from the 20th century, was hysterical that all the money he had accrued from interest was worthless.

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  2. Many of the Star Trek novels have decided to make minor characters gay. The fact that the authors and publisher deem it necessary to mention this is one of the reasons that I stopped buying them.

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  3. A. In an episode of Daleep Space Nine Dax gets in one of the best girl on girl kisses I've ever seen. Very sincere. So, there has been at least one homosexual (or at least bisexual) character on Trek. Eh. BTW, the point of the episode was that Dax couldn't have woman she wanted for ethical reasons having nothing to do w/ gay vs. straight.

    B. Monday night: Almost Human, Sleepy Hollow, Beauty and the Beast, Intelligence
    Tuesday night: Agents of Shield, The Originals, Supernatural, Persons of Interest (SF concept if not true SF)
    Wednesday night: Arrow, American Horror Story, the Tomorrow People
    Thursday night Vampire Diaries
    Friday night: Grimm, Dracula
    Not counting SyFy Channel, Chillr, and other cable stations, there is a decent selection of SF, Fantasy, Comic Book, horror, SF derived stories etc. on TV for my humble needs,in fact I don't even watch all of these (some not all).

    C, Captain Jack Harkness. Character is bi.Eh. (see Torchwood)

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  4. I watch the re-runs on Me-TV, you can at least pretend they telling stories instead of propaganda past it's self life.

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