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The Batman movie series that could have been


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In 1989 the world saw one of the first comic book movies to hit screens that sort of changed the world of comic books (and movies).  Sure, we had Superman, and that was awesome, but Tim Burton’s Batman was a huge leap forward.  At the time, DC Comics could do no wrong (as opposed to now, which it seems to do wrong on a consistent basis) and they were backed by Warner Bros.  They still are, but they still seem to have absolutely no grasp of their own characters.

Batman came out in 1989 to really good reviews and acceptance.  It appeared that comic books might translate very well into movies and for many fanboys, their medium would gain main stream acceptance (double edged sword because those same fanboys would later bitch and moan that “fake fans”, ie; “fake geek girls”, would “steal their stuff”).

But this isn’t about fanboy cry babies (another post for another time).  This is about the Tim Burton Batman franchise that could have been.

Don’t change the first one, Batman and Joker was well done.  I’d change Batman Returns.  Ditch the Penguin, focus everything on Batman and Catwoman.  But set things up so that Batman and Catwoman would end up having a relationship (this set up comes in the third movie).  It’ll be a cat and mouse (flying mouse) chase with Catwoman always be one step ahead of Batman.  In the end, Catwoman eventually lets Batman catch her, but she reminds him always that she let him catch her.

Set up the third movie.  Batman and Catwoman go up against the Riddler.  Ditch the Tommy Lee Jones Two-Face.  Keep Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent, but the Two Face set up comes later.  Keep Jim Carey as the Riddler (he was actually really good in that role).  By the end of the third movie, Batman and Catwoman get married.

Fourth movie, time has moved on.  Bruce and Selina have a daughter.  They manage to juggle being superheroes and raising their daughter Helena.  But now they have to deal with a villain who has learned their secret and kidnaps Helena.  The Penguin.  The Penguin learns their identities from someone who he was a cellmate with in Arkham.  Edward Nigma.  Lots of chase scenes, lots of fights, eventually Helena is rescued, Penguin is put behind bars.  Something tragic happens at the end, in order to set up the fifth movie.  The movie ends with Harvey Dent flipping a coin in a court room.  End credits.

A few years pass, Helena has grown to a teenager, and with some reluctance, Bruce and Selina agree that Helena can join them in their nightly rounds of Gotham.  Helena takes the moniker of Robin.  But now, they have to go up against a new villain who also was an old friend; Harvey Dent.  Two Face has decided to put all of Gotham on trail, with only a flip of the coin to determine the city’s fate.  In the ensuing fight, Batman and Catwoman rescue an orphaned boy, and by the end of the movie, they take him in.  His name is Dick Grayson.  Helena will also play a huge role showcasing her smarts and her skills with what she’s learned by watching her parents.  Robin makes a name for herself.

Dick Grayson in the sixth movie learns of the secret of Bruce and Selina, and even trains to assist the superhero family.  Avoid any romance between Dick and Helena.  They’d see themselves as siblings, not lovers.  Dick takes on the moniker of Nightwing to help out the other three.  This time, though, they face Mr. Freeze.  Use the tragic backstory of Mr. Freeze, and make him somewhat sympathetic.  At the end of the movie, make it known that Freeze was just as much a victim as anything.

That’s six movies, using one villain per movie (save for the second because there’s no real villain, it could be almost classes as a romance adventure).  Keep Tim Burton on the helm, introduce a Robin and a Nightwing.  Make it a step forward for progressiveness by making Robin a girl.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Fun, randomness

 

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Why the no killing rule with superheroes is bogus


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Throughout comic book history, superheroes have had a strict rule.  That rule being “thou shalt not kill” which of course takes a look into the Biblical aspects of the creators that they were interjecting into the storylines (the exception may be Wonder Woman seeing how her story was based off of Greek Myth with a whole lot of feminism added for flavour… which DC has royally fucked over in recent months).

Superman and Captain America have the biggest Biblical connections.  Stealing, killing, lying, being disrespectful, all of which are big no nos for them and all of which are based on the Ten Commandments from the Bible.  But!  They in fact do a bunch of killing, because they kill the right people (in the minds of the creators and the audience they are attempting to attract).  Captain America can be somewhat discounted because of the fact he is an American soldier, so part of his job is infiltrating enemy lines by whatever means necessary and forcing an army force to surrender.  Often that involves shooting a lot of bullets and killing people.

Superman, Captain America, Human Torch (who was a robot in the Second World War), Namor, The Howling Commandos, Sgt. Rock, they all managed to kill a bunch of people, yet we give a hand wave to that because those people fit into neat, little categories.  Category one:  Nazis.  Category two:  Japanese.  The two main factions that the Allied Armies were fighting during the Second World War.  So that brand of killing was A-OKAY.  At the time, comics were a way of bolstering support for the war effort.  It was a massive propaganda machine to help with public support to “Support Our Troops” and “Defeat The Nazis”.  Because Nazism was evil (even though the founder happened to be a devout Christian).

During the Second World War, there was also a third group that was okay to kill, but that didn’t happen as often as did “take them into custody”.  That group specifically happened to be anyone who was brown skinned.  Indian “Fakirs” were either wise sages who gave the mainly white, male protagonist a wise clue at just the right time, or they were deceiving evil doers who were plotting to destroy the West (the latter happened just as often as the fight against Nazism and later Communism).  Or, brown skinned people were seen as the group who needed to be saved from Nazism (and later Communism) because the West (ie; America) needs to have a group to fight, and a group to save.  Often, the group needing saving happened to be a bunch of brown skinned people (rarely were those people yellow skinned, ie; Japanese or Chinese, or red skinned people, ie; First Nations or Native Americans).

“But Tim, you’re describing an aspect of racism not how the killing rule is bullshit.”

Yes, I hear you, and yes I did get a bit sidetracked.

During the era of the Second World War, there were other superheroes who came to the fore.  Most who either fought Nazis oppression on American soil (almost always American soil because in comic book universes, this shit obviously didn’t happen in Mexico or Canada), or fought straight up crime with the weirdest of villains.  In both cases, the minions of the said target seemed to always be disposable.  Look at Joker’s henchmen.  Only a few were actually named.  Most were never seen again.  That doesn’t mean Batman himself killed them, but he didn’t not stop their eventual death.  Batman himself during his early years was shown wielding a pistol and using it.  Others who were similar were the Shadow, and the Phantom.  They had guns, they shot and killed people.

Fast forward to the Silver Age of comics.  Things seemed much happier and brighter.  But not really.  The age of reason and enlightenment was coming and this time there were very different groups with which to showcase.  The first was the eventual enemy that many superheroes fought: Communism.  Communism had replaced Nazism.  But while the label changed, there wasn’t much difference between them (in reality, Communism is a left wing ideology, whereas Nazism is a right wing ideology, also Hitler, who founded Nazism, hated Communism).  The other group wasn’t a group to fight, but it was a group which could showcase was a mirror image of the Civil Rights Movement.  Thus, the X-Men were born (heaven help us though, if the X-Men can’t actually be black skinned).  But this didn’t stop the killing, so much as slow it down.  There was still killing, because the superheroes were killing the “right people”.  Again, the right people were the groups targeted as enemies of the West (or America because obviously nothing happens in Canada or Mexico).

This stuck well into the Bronze Age of comics, and even into the edge of the grim and gritty Modern Age of comics.  The Modern Age did bring something with it, however.  More guns, and more ways to kill people.  The Modern Age gave us guns, belt pouches, jackets (with the sleeves rolled up), muscle bound steroid freaks and women with waists so tiny that you’d wonder how their vital organs would fit.  But most importantly, it brought loads of killing.  Punisher, Cabel, Spawn, Wildstorm, Gen 13, X-Factor, darker versions of Sandman, John Constantine, Swamp Thing, the Hawkworld, Green Arrow, the Dark Knight.  Even killing off superheroes became a thing.  Superman died (which became completely irrelevant when he was brought back, same with Green Arrow, and also see Batman having his back broken, and then later being killed… none of that seemed to matter at all).  The heroes never die.  They either come back with a renewed purpose, or come back with dark intent, blaming society and their partners for not being there to help them (see Jason Todd and Bucky Barnes).

Now comic books have evolved into movie franchises which tell an over arching story through the course of several movies (thus far Iron Man, Iron Man II, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Iron Man III, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Solder, and Guardians of the Galaxy).  But the killing doesn’t stop!  And the target has somewhat changed.  But this time, the target has definite brown skin (though, anyone from that ethnic group who is on the side of the good guys has decidedly lighter skin than their brown skin “haters of freedom”).  And there’s also aliens.  Because aliens is an expendable enemy.

Sure, aliens die and it’s superheroes doing the killing (don’t try and say that’s not what’s happening).  But there’s also collateral damage.  Sure, Batman doesn’t directly kill anyone, and the Joker does actually kill people in devious plots and schemes.  But Batman also doesn’t prevent people from dying.  In Dark Knight Rises, Batman goes away (to have a self loathing whimper fest) and basically lets Bane walk into town.  When Batman confronts him, Bane kicks his ass and sends him to a prison.  Even in the Tim Burton Batman movies, people die indirectly because of Batman’s actions (and conversely Joker, Catwoman and the Penguin).

Side note: I have an idea for how Burton’s Batman would have been better and ultimately more awesome, but more on that later.

The same is true with the X-Men universe.  Same with Spider-man.  Same with Superman.

Superheroes kill.  And those that supposedly don’t, well, they don’t really prevent killing from happening as a result of their actions.  Also, it should be noted, killing and racism go neatly hand in hand.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Fun, randomness

 

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9 Things Wrong with Star Trek Into Darkness


I just recently watched Star Trek Into Darkness.  It had the usual blockbuster feel to it, but as a long time fan of Star Trek, there was a lot of things that J. J. Abrams did wrong.  Here’s the list.

9: Those are Caitians?  No they’re not!

This scene gets the distinction of two nods on the wrong list, the first is more a technical aspect.  Abrams is trying to put his own stamp on things, but sorry, Star Trek has been around longer than you have.  Those twins on the screen shown to be having a trist with Kirk, those aren’t Caitians.

Caitian_twinEven the fact they were made to look more exotic by making them look “oriental” is kind of a slap in the face.  Adding a tail to something doesn’t make it the thing you want it to be.  This strikes as being incredibly lazy, because Caitians look like this:

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cait1Naturally, the above image is from Star Trek: The Animated Series and pictures M’Ress, the very first character in the Star Trek universe to be identified as Caitian.  The second image is from Star Trek: The Voyage Home and is an Admiral talking with an Andorian while at James T. Kirk’s court martial.  Caitians have fur, they have ears elevated closer to the top of their head.  Star Trek Online actually made a great representation when adding Caitians to the playable race list.

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8: Kirk is not a massive sex machine.

So far in both Abrams’ attempts at reboot the original series, he’s made Kirk out to be a massive creepy letch who wants nothing more than to sleep with anyone who has boobs and a vagina.  See above, where Kiirk is in bed with two “Caitians”.  Also, see the previous movie when Kirk is sleeping with an Orion (that’s coming up in the list).  Kirk sleeping with women is a trope that is used way too much, and downplays the other qualities he has.  Kirk didn’t have this kind of libido in the original series, but it gets used as one of the (if not THE) main characteristic.  This version of Kirk is the kind of man who would have been ushered out of Starfleet thanks to numerous sexual harassment suits.

7: Use what’s been done before.

There was a lot of unnecessary stuff added to the reboot.  The Klingons are a big example.  From the way they look to the way their ships are designed.  The “new” Klingons look completely different than what has appeared in past incarnations.  We even got a big explanation for why they lost their cranial ridges in Star Trek Enterprise.  If this is to be a reboot of the original series, then lose the cranial ridges to follow cannon.   The ships chasing the Enterprise shuttle pod (really, that was a shuttle pod?) didn’t really look like Klingon cruisers.  Even the bat’leth’s looked weird.  Bottom line, there’s been stuff done before for over 40 years.  Use the cannon that’s been made, don’t reinvent the wheel.

6: Orions are NOT members of the Federation.

While Orions exist in the Star Trek universe, and yes, there might even be an Orion who might join Star Fleet, it’s incredibly rare.  Orions are members of the Orion Syndicate.  And if that sounds like the title of a criminal organization, you’re not wrong.  The Orions are basically charming and efficient space pirates (as opposed to brutal and destructive Nausicans).  And it may not be very well known, but Orion is basically a highly deceptive matriarchal society.  While Orion women are often sold in slave auctions (another very telling aspect of Orions) and seem incredibly seductive and somewhat willing to pleasure their new “masters”, Orion women are incredibly deceptive.  They give off pheromones which affect both male and female members of a ship, and create chaos (as seen in Star Trek Enterprise).  The goal is for Orion pirates to take over the ship much more easily, strip it down and take the crew to be sold at auction.  Even Orion males are lulled into a very suggestive state by Orion women.  The entire system of the Syndicate was completely developed by the women of the Orion homeworld.

So while it’s not so odd to see an Orion in Starfleet, by this time Starfleet would have ensured that she would not have had a roommate (in order to ensure that Uhuru didn’t go nuts around her), or would have developed a medical treatment to make sure that the Orion woman’s pheromones didn’t cause mass chaos.  We even see an Orion woman walking calmly down the street just before the crash landing in San Francisco.  This suggests a common occurrence of Orions visiting Earth, which in reality is incorrect.

5: Stop using overused tropes.

This one is more about Abrams reboot attempt as a whole.  Stop glorifying the tropes and showcasing them.  So far, in four hours of movie, that`s exactly what has been showcased.  The original series was so much more than just the overused tropes.  If you actually took the time to watch them, that is.  Or even read any of the technical history.  Abrams’ Star Trek strikes me as though Abrams and a team just looked on Tumblr and took all of the memes as what came before.  Admittedly, if that was the case, then we`d most likely see a more homoerotic relationship between Kirk and Spock.

From Kirk’s sexual libido, to Chekov’s appearance only so he can speak with a “Russian” accent, to Scotty’s love of whiskey.  Each and every one is an over used trope, and if that’s your movie then it’s nothing but a trope.

4: Get the spelling right!

Obviously someone decided that spelling things in the Star Trek universe was the last thing needed, or that no one would know how to pronounce things.  Abrams, here`s the thing; you`re making a Star Trek movie.  Trekkies will know, and those who don`t, they`ll be going to the theatre with a Trekkie so the Trekkie will inform them.  Don`t play the audience like their stupid.  What am I referring to?  The title shot of the Enterprise shuttle pod flying down to a planet.  The title shot says “Kronos” at the top.  Any Trekkie worth their salt would spell it like “Qo’nos”, which is how it was originally spelled.

3: Was this really necessary?

Remember the scene where Marcus and Kirk got into a shuttle to… do something.  And Marcus tells Kirk to turn around?  Was that scene even necessary?  Did we really need to see that scene?  Why does that scene exist?  Who thought “this would be really cool, ’cause BOOBS”?  Because that’s all that scene was about (and adding to the trope of Kirk’s over inflated sexual libido that seems to be the only thing about this version of Kirk, Hey Abrams, did you even watch the original series).

2: Misuse of the Prime Directive.

While captains of different Enterprises have indeed bent the rules of the Prime Directive, they never did it as flagrantly as in Star Trek Into Darkness.  And those who have, usually get shuttled out of Starfleet never to return.  Oh, Kirk has bent the Prime Directive in the past (ST: Voyage Home), but he did it in order to save the planet, thereby saving the United Federation of Planets.  And the idea of dropping the Enterprise into the ocean to hide… really?  There’s already a place where the ship could hide.  It’s called IN ORBIT!  If this is a pre-warp civilization, then it’s doubtful they have space-faring technology, so hiding in orbit would probably be for the best.  This version of Kirk would have been shuttled out of Star Fleet because the risks he and his crew take are beyond unacceptable.

1: All About Khan.

So, I understand that Abrams wanted a throw back to the original series by retelling one of the most important episodes in Trek, which revealed the character of Khan Noonien Singh.  If that name sounds odd attached to the face of Benedict Cumberbatch, then you’re not wrong.  The name is very Indian or Punjab sounding (Punjab considering the last name Singh is very similar to names taken by those who are followers of the Sihk religion).  The original actor was Ricardo Montalban, a Mexican actor (and a person of colour).  Recasting Khan as Benedict Cumberbatch is really a slap in the face to what has been shown before.  In all seriousness, the Eugenics Wars and the awakening of Khan could have been saved for something else (as Into Darkness takes place ten years before Space Seed in the original series).  Cumberbatch’s character could have been an Augment with the name John Harrison and you still would have had the same feel for it.  You could have even avoided the calling to New Vulcan and getting Old Spock to fill in the blanks.  Khan and this entire series of events could have been avoided completely to tell an original story while at the same time calling back and giving a nod to Space Seed and Wrath of Khan.  The aspect of having Kirk die in the same manner as having Spock die in Wrath of Khan (right down to Kirk decking Scotty whereas Spock gave Scotty a Vulcan nerve pinch) was incredibly lazy.  If you wanted to rewrite Space Seed or Wrath of Khan, why didn’t you do that.  Or even better, just don’t because those two original pieces held up way better.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2014 in Fun, randomness

 

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Masterpost for writers creating their own worlds, or even just characters


This came across my Tumblr dashboard, thanks to for posting it.

names that have specific meanings

meanings of any names

popular baby names

upper class names

common last names

fancy last names

aristocratic/royal names

random name generator

random place name generator

list of latin words

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greek mythology database

the culture of ancient rome

list of legendary creatures

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feel free to add in any links!

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Fun, randomness

 

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R.I.P. Robin Williams


I heard about Robin Williams’ death late last night.  I’m on holidays from work, so my keeping up with news is slower than usual.  But I had to take a great deal of time to let this sink in.

When I was a kid, I remember seeing Robin Williams on television for the first time with the show Mork & Mindy.  The comedy about an alien who comes to Earth and resides with Mindy as roommate (which eventually turns into a very loving relationship).

That was 1978, and Mork & Mindy lasted until 1982.  For those five, short seasons, I was introduced to Robin Williams.  He made me laugh, and he even made me cry with some of the episodes of the show.

Years later, I watched Good Morning Vietnam, where Williams played the role of the crazy radio host who was broadcasting on Army radio for those serving during the Vietnam war.  Williams continued with various comedic and dramatic movie roles, and I saw each of them.  Williams was more than just an actor, he was a story teller.

It wasn’t until my late 20s, the tail end of the 20th Century, when I found out that Robin Williams and I had something in common.  We both suffer from severe depression.  Williams also suffered from alcoholism, which he talked about in many of his stand up routines.  I’ve never had that experience, but I’ve known those who have battled alcoholism.  Falling off the wagon was often a very real, very concrete thing.  The temptation was almost always overwhelming.

Because of the fact Williams and I both suffered from depression, it was sort of an inspiration that if he could go on, then so could I.  That, and with the help of friends who knew about this darkness was a great boon to me.  Williams’ death, suspected to be suicide, creates a huge void, and leaves a large number of questions hanging in the air.

But we, as a society, need to ensure that this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.  Depression isn’t something that we just ‘get over with’ or ‘try to be happy’.  Depression is an ever present weight that presses down.  Some days it is unbearable, other days it’s a little easier, but it’s always there.

I’m not the only one who felt a sort of connection with Williams because of a disease we shared in common.  There’s thousands out there who will most likely feel the same connection.  And all of us need help to get through this, because to lose someone who many thought was on top of his game, can be incredibly heart breaking.

I urge anyone who suffers from depression to just talk to someone, whether it be a councilor, or a family member who understands or even a close friend.  Depression is an awful thing and we’re finding so many more people who suffer from it.  This is something we have to confront on a daily basis.  And because of Williams’ death, there may be those out there who feel as though that life just isn’t worth living if someone like him were to end it all.

Mourn, grieve, and celebrate the man who was.  And live for tomorrow, just as you do for today.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Life, randomness

 

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The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider at Goodreads


The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider at Goodreads

Rinna
Rinna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Dec 20, 2013

Callum Muir
Callum Muir rated it 4 of 5 stars
Nov 05, 2012

There’s been two ratings on Goodreads for Black Mask & Pale Rider (which sits at 3.5 stars out of 5), and it looks as though there are two more people who have it marked as to-read.

I love getting ratings on the book, but I’d love to even read a review. What did the reader like, what did they not like… that kind of thing. Ratings are awesome, but they don’t really matter if there’s not a review. Yes, I do know that often times readers can’t put into words how a book made them feel (even I’m lazy that way, and I need to do a review of a book I recently finished).

If you’ve read (by you, I mean all of my followers) The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider, please give it a review. Either at the site where you bought it, at goodreads, on my about page at wordpress, or send me an ask here. I appreciate any feedback that’s well crafted and considerate.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Black Mask and Pale Rider, Fun, randomness, Writing

 

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Has Star Trek taken a step back


From the outset, Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future was a very progressive one.  I know there was problematic things that Roddenberry did, but he also paved the way for a television series that broke boundaries.

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From the fact that the Enterprise crew was a diverse collection of individuals, to the fact that a black woman was featured as a standard bridge officer, right up to television’s first inter-racial kiss, Star Trek’s early days pushed the envelope and didn’t budge when the envelope attempted to push back.

Even though executives attempted to get Nichelle Nichols fired and off the show, making her working life difficult, to the talk she had with Martin Luther King Jr. about black representation on television.  At the time, George Takei wasn’t out as a homosexual, but he is not only recognized as being the dependable helm officer of the Enterprise, but also a bold and positive representative of the LGBT+ community.

The only way that Star Trek at the time could be stopped was through it’s cancellation.  After less than 100 episodes, Star Trek came to a close, and many thought that was it.

Until the late 70s.

The original motion picture wasn’t anything to write home about, and in all honesty it was the start of a curse that Star Trek motion pictures began to undertake.  The odd number horrible curse (with the exception of II, III, and IV, that all created a seamless narrative).  But even with the successes of the motion picture universe, there were very few who thought that the Enterprise would fly through space on the small screen once more.

Until 1987.

With the original air date of September 26, 1987, a new Enterprise with a new crew began to take to the final frontier.  They did take some getting used to.  Trekkies (or Trekkers) had grown used to Kirk as the captain, and weren’t exactly sure how to view this older captain with a British accent and a French name.

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But the Next Generation picked up in attempting to produce progressive and envelope pushing episodes where the original series had left off.  From creating a race of beings who were androgynous to showing a good representation of the effects of torture.

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That continued when Star Trek Deep Space Nine aired.  Though not a captain at first, Benjamin Sisko was the first black commander of a space station, and eventually the first black captain of a starship in the television series (it must be pointed out, that does not include those characters who had bit parts and cameos).  Avery Brooks took the role of Sisko and ran with it.

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Deep Space Nine was also a series which put a lot of emphasis on women, and even women of colour.  From Keiko O’Brien to Cassidy Yates, from Major Keira to Lt. Dax.  Deep Space Nine was a very character driven series that explored the lives of the crew of DS9 and the Defiant, whether that be through the good times or the bad times.  And it showed that while these were good people, they have made some questionable choices and decisions throughout their lives.

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Deep Space Nine even explored, but did not fully invite, the lives of LGBT+ onto the screen, with the airing of Rejoined (Season 4, Episode 6), where Dax is reuinted with a past lover from a previous host.

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By this time, The Next Generation had moved into the realm of motion pictures, and while DS9 was slowly coming to an end, the creators took another bold move.  They began a fourth series, but instead of a ship with the safety of the Alpha Quadrant and the Federation close at hand, a ship thrown to the other side of the galaxy and left to defend herself.

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But this ship, Voyager, would have a marked difference from the past Enterprises and Defiant.  This ship would be the first in network television to be in command by a female Captain.

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Captain Kathryn Janeway may have fit the motherly role, trying to get her crew to work with a Maquis crew as they attempted to get back home, but she also made hard decisions.  Janeway and the crew of Voyager have run into the Borg more times than Picard and the Enterprise.  They’ve discovered more new species and made more first contact scenarios than any other since the first Starfleet vessels began exploring.  It might be said that Voyager might only be second to the NX-Enterprise for number of first contact missions.

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As with the predecessors, Voyager had an equal mix of male and female officers (though, it did still tip toward the male side).  B’Lanna Torres was the first female chief engineer (Scotty, La Forge, and O’Brien being previously seen on past series).  Seven was an expert in not just the Borg but astrometrics, science and engineering.  Kess was a compitent nurse, though left when her psychic abilities began to threaten the ship (though she did return in later seasons).  Even the difference of “good guy” and “bad guy” had the roles filled with both men and women, as Seska became a thorn in Voyager’s side.

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NOTE: Seska began the early seasons wearing a blue uniform for science, later episodes until she was revealed to be a Cardassian spy, she wore gold of engineering.  Also, actress Martha Hackett appeared in DS9 as the Romulan officer in charge of the Defiant’s cloaking device.  Lost opportunities as I thought that would have been an interesting addition.

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When Voyager ended it was a while before the last Star Trek series appeared on air.  Instead of progressing forward in time, the idea was to look back at the history of Starfleet.  The NX-01 Enterprise was launched with Jonathon Archer as her captain.

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Even though the show was set in the 22nd Century, it still had a progressive feel to it, as it showed how the Enterprise and her crew dealt with each situation and became leaders to pave the way for a unified and peaceful Federation.

During the more than 28 seasons of Star Trek, there was just one regret voiced by those who had a hand in bringing it all to the big screen.  That was there was no permanent LGBT+ representation on board any of the vessels.

Now, we’ve had two new motion pictures in the reboots.  While they were good and entertaining, they left a lot to be desired.  There was no feeling of hope as the other series brought to the table.  No feeling that the future was going to not only be okay, but better.  More inclusive and more accepting.  Lens flairs and over using tropes from the original series (which was only a very, very minor part of Shatner and Nimoy’s Star Trek).

While the adventure has been great in the reboot, is Star Trek taking a step back from what it was?

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2014 in Life, randomness

 

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