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Season 3 Supplemental

This is not the end: We’ll be around for The TOS Era: Supplemental after watching Star Trek IV: The One With The Whales. After that, who knows?

Suggested Eras for Star Trek:
1966-1986: The TOS Era
1987-1993: The TNG Era
1994-1999: Maximum Trek
2000-2008: The Lost Years
2009-Present: NuTrek

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All Our Yesterdays

The only multi-episode story arc of Star Trek is resolved here. There’s so much to like about this episode. I mean, yeah, part of the conflict is caused because people won’t stop doing things for sixty seconds to explain to one another what’s going on. And yeah, Kirk ends up treading water for the B-plot, but…

It’s good, okay? Trust me, it’s good.

A BAFTA is a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award.

17 to 01 is available on iTunes. It updates Thursday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT. We’re also amazingly on Stitcher.

Justice

I feel like by not taking this episode as seriously as we could have, we missed some opportunities for deeper conversation. None the less, it’s incredibly hard to take this thing seriously. Are we reading into it as shallowly as we accuse censors of doing? Are we missing the major themes here?

The Nazi I was thinking of Rudolph Hess, who didn’t come up with Nazi racial classifications. While he passed the Nuremburg Laws and was Hitler’s right hand man, the creation of the (conveniently shifting) Nazis racial classification laws was the culmination of dozens of racist Germans publishing books. Hess was just the first Nazi I could think of.

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Monday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT.

Turnabout Intruder

This episode plays with a lot of Star Trek elements, but it never coalesces around a central theme because it doesn’t know what its angle is. The mind-swap is cool, but the “insane woman” part completely contradicts it. At best, it’s accusing women who don’t behave the way women “should” of being solely responsible for their lack of achievement. That’s not good.

I think this is the second or third time in the original series that ubiquitous video is used as an important part of the episode. Do these plot conveniences imply an angle to Federation society that is somewhat dystopian? Does a society where people are generally good not need safeguards on privacy?

Commissioners. I was thinking of Federation commissioners. 

17 to 01 is available on iTunes. It updates Thursday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT. We’re also amazingly on Stitcher.

I never thought I’d get to passionate about this episode, but here we are. It’s aggressively senseless and pointless. Even the good things aren’t clever or unique enough to redeem it.

I’d apologize for the excessive language on this one, but it all comes straight from the heart.

The thing on the doctor’s headband that Derek was talking about was a head mirror. Apparently they were put over the eye and the doctor would shine a light into that eye. The light would reflect off the mirror and focus on whatever point the doctor was looking at. Pretty cool.

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Monday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT.

 

Comics are broken. Less than five years ago, I wrote a blog about DC rebooting their properties and now they’re doing it again with–lemme check–Rebirth. An incredibly lazy Google search reveals there are 296 synonyms for “Rebirth” so I have to concede that DC Comics is good for another 1480 years. The system works!


Is this Rebirth? I don’t know.

Certainly, no one at DC is limiting the number of times they spin, reupholster, and present the same old properties in a new way by their ability to do so with creativity and honest-to-gods original stories. Sure, Watchmen 2 notwithstanding, there are talented people at DC Comics. But the company collectively lacks the vision and guts to actually fix the problem.

Superman has been around for seventy years, give or take. That’s seventy years of stories by different authors from different times and different economics behind them. They don’t match or fit together into a cogent narrative. Rightly, DC tries to excise some of those elements from canon. But every time they try, some creative person with clout–usually Geoff Johns or Grant Morrison or actually this joke doesn’t work because I don’t even keep up anymore–will shove in a character reference from twenty years ago. Because story be damned; even Detective Comics Comics[sic] creative staff realize because adulthood is a trap where you desperately claw at any opportunity to forget your adulthood!

It’s a mess; neither capable of integrating the past, nor strong-willed enough to excise it.

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The Savage Curtain

So um…so all of this. I enthusiastically don’t hate this episode? That’s the best I can say about it.

Does anyone want my spec script for Crank 3: Executive Pugilism: Lincoln vs Hitler (Jason Statham plays both roles)? It’s like, 90 pages straight. No dialogue. Statham assures me he can deliver witty one-liners with his eyebrows.

Also, Kahless created the culture of honor which Klingons maintain to this day. I think this is my last good run of “Derek doesn’t know” Star Trek references. Once we get into the movies so many things become canonized and quotable. 

17 to 01 is available on iTunes. It updates Thursday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT. We’re also amazingly on Stitcher.

So this video went up on October 30th.  To TL; DR it, de facto racial segregation by economic segregation still exists, and white kids get far better schools than black kids do. Worse, the few laws in place to mitigate this are being repealed because white judges and white juries think racism no longer exists. John Oliver make the point that having racially diverse schools is good for black kids and neutral for white kids and maybe he’s right, but what if he isn’t?

What if having black kids from black neighborhoods bussed to wealthy white schools was very good for black kids and bad–even a tiny bit bad–for white kids?

I mean, challenging affirmative action or diversity targets in university only requires willful ignorance of said inequalities and a dogged ability to disregard a humanitarian, cultural interest in untipping the scales. I don’t think most people feel that way.

But would it be different if it was bad for them? Would white parents say yes if it was a tiny bit bad for their kids? Would they value opportunities for a stranger above the best possible opportunities–in excess of mere sufficiency–for their child? Would they put the duty to educate all Americans above their apparent need to see others struggle to have enough because they’ve never had enough? Would they put patriotism over an animalistic dedication to their own bloodline?

Or would they deny it, and in so doing deny the pretenses of America, justice, freedom, the American Dream itself? Would they be so small, so as to secure the blessings of liberty for their posterity alone? Would they isolate their youth behind walls of wealth then–years later–scorn and bemoan as bizarre the generation which has grown up outside those walls? How could they applaud the United States? How could they raise high as heroes men and women who had sacrificed for their county knowing they were consciously opposed to making the slightest of sacrifices for the same?

We failed. We failed. We tried and then almost immediately after that we failed. I would apologize if we were less funny, but I think we did a good job. If you’re not cool with these kinds of jokes, please let me know via twitter @vanvelding or comment at VanVelding.com. Honestly, I do want to know.

Diane Duane’s second draft is worth the read and it’s here: http://www.dianeduane.com/WhereNoOneHasGoneBeforeSecondDraftPremise.html

Her post on this episode is here: http://dianeduane.com/outofambit/2006/10/28/star-trek-the-next-generation-where-no-one-has-gone-before/

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Monday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT.

So I read a link to this article on Facebook with a comment that the case should be thrown out based on the evidence that it has some faulty assertions about AR-15 firing speeds. I read over the ruling from the affirming the defendants’ motion to strike as well as the relevant statutes and Federal laws. Why do that for a comment about physical evidence when that’s one of the last things to come up when a court considers the merits of a case?

Because I’m a sick person. Read below for a Very Long Post about the court case by Sandy Hook survivors and the administrators of the estates of the dead against Remington Firearms and the chain of firearms dealers between them and Adam Lanza. All caps are because this was originally formatted as a Facebook post. Lower court ruling (here)

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