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They’re [Ginger and Nancy] badasses, yes, but again, I didn’t want them to be just that. I wanted to them to be struggling with something. And I thought, as I was writing the diner scene, “Why wouldn’t these two hot girls be at the dance?” And then my next thought was, “Maybe because they feel like they can’t go together, as the couple they truly are.” And then I thought, “But Kevin’s out in Riverdale, so why couldn’t they be out?” But — as the girls discuss — Kevin’s a guy, Kevin’s not a person of color
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer of Afterlife with Archie)
I just love he’s addressing intersectionality; you don’t see that much. I will be a devoted reader of this book and buy each cover for as long as it lasts with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this since I get the impression that writers in general don’t necessarily approve of SMWW. This was a very sweet moment between the two of them.
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I want there to be a sitcom starring Riddler and Joker entitled “That’s My Eddie”.
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Riddler and catwoman.
can anyone give me advice on which ToS episodes to watch
i’m writing a research paper on the development of female characters and i while i remember which episodes have the most uhura, i’m not sure which ones i should watch for chapel or rand
are there any episodes that are particularly feminist?
also could anyone direct me to any good interviews with nichelle nichols (about uhura)?
Unfortunately, they’re isn’t really any feminist episodes of Star Trek, ironic since they preached equality. There were subtle aspects of course, like Uhura being a member of the bridge team but you have to look carefully for it. The closest would be the animated series episode, The Lorelei Signal, but it isn’t really all that progressive since the ladies only take over the leadership roles only when all the men are incapacitated. Also, it’s from the animated series which might not necessarily work for your paper.
I sort of started a project highlighting Christine Chapel in each episode she appeared in, but I’ve sort of abandoned it. I only posted her three appearances in season one, but check out my tumblr’s Christine Chapel or Nurse Chapel tags if you want to glance over her first three appearances.
I love Christine Chapel but she really didn’t get to do much in the series. Most of her appearances are brief, usually assisting McCoy. Off the top of my head, I’d say good episodes for Chapel are: “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”, “Journey to Babel”, “Return to Tomorrow”, “The Changeling” (highlights her friendship with Uhura), “For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky”, “Obsession”, she also has a larger than usual role in “Turnabout Intruder,” though you might want to analyze that one for arguing Star Trek is anti-feminist.
Chapel’s appearances in “For the World is Hollow..” and “Obsession” are actually quite brief but they show an independent streak in Chapel which is significant because most of the time she’s taking orders from McCoy. “And the Children Shall Lead” is kind of a horrible episode but Chapel has significant screen time. Though it’s kind of troublesome since she was designated the task to look after the children which I find kind of offensive because nurse is not synonymous with babysitter. It kind of implies her job isn’t as important as the others’ because she can blow it off to watch kids. “Return to Tomorrow” is also significant because Dr. Ann Mulhall is the highest ranked, lieutenant commander, female crew member to appear on the show.
As for Janice Rand, the awesome moments she could have had were given to another. She was meant to be the de facto female lead but for unclear reasons, Grace Lee Whitney was cut from the cast. “Dagger of the Mind” was originally written with Janice Rand and it was a great role but Dr. Helen Noel was created to fill the void. I’d check that out for a feminist episode.
There are different reasons given for Grace Lee Whitney’s dismissal. She may have been fired for budget reasons, because she had an addiction problem, the show decided to give Kirk many love interests (Rand was intended to be his romantic true north), or a combination of all of those. She was only in eight episodes but nothing really stands out to me as particularly feminist.
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