OH HEY, I GUESS I SHOULD OPEN THE CURTAINS AND LET THE LIGHT IN HERE.
Import and open posting will begin shortly (what's this? yes!
a truly active branch of Where No Woman, home to all of Star Trek's ladies and femmesque androgynes, right here!). Until then, this post is here for your general party/drabbles/hello/introduction/tire-
kicking purposes. Make yourselves at home!
P.S. If anybody is competent enough with CSS to vanquish the two white lines intruding on the top and bottom of our layout, please let me know.
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Kate Pulaski joined the Enterprise in Season 2 of TNG after Doctor Crusher left to run Starfleet Medical. She only stayed a year, and while it was nice to have Crusher back afterward, it was great to have Pulaski around. Irreverent, passionate and a doctor and surgeon of prodigious skill, Kate was a valuable addition to the crew.
A lot of fandom (although not this lovely corner of it) seems to be pretty down on Pulaski. From my investigations, there are a few main reasons for this. And this is my strategy for knocking some sense into those people.
For the people who claim she has an awful bedside manner, I'd recommend watching The Child
, Pen Pals
and Up the Long Ladder
. For the people who say she's just plain mean to Data, take a look at The Child
, Unnatural Selection
, Pen Pals
and Peak Performance
And for the people who complain because she's too old and not Doctor Crusher, they are beyond help.( On with the episode guide! )
Hello, Where No Woman! I was very pleasantly surprised by the response to last week's pitch
for an ongoing episode guide challenge, and am happy to say that most characters and all but one week of the remaining year have been claimed! That day is the 23rd of September, two weeks from now, and among others (such as Chapel and Leeta) that have gone unclaimed, there are still three main cast members: Tasha Yar
, and T'Pol
So the first person to claim a TV Trek lady gets the 23rd, and
if there's still interest we can do another round of claims for January.
Now, without further ado, a half-assed character guide of my very own, brought to you by a week of crises, bad sleep, and allergies.RO LAREN
what to watch when you're watching
Most often known as "Ensign Ro," this character played by Michelle Forbes (more recently of Battlestar Galactica, True Blood, and The Killing) made her first appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation
's fifth season, and her last in its penultimate episode before the series finale. Although not one of my favorites in pure character terms, she represents an important turning point in the history of the franchise, and I recommend watching a few of her episodes for anyone who's interested in Trekly politics and world-building.
See, Ro is the first Bajoran: the first with that cute nose ridge (whose design changed throughout her appearances), the first to wear the bitchin' chained earring (on a different ear than all later Bajorans), and the first to insist upon being addressed in opposite order, as Bajoran naming holds that the family name comes first and the given name comes second. With her comes the planet Bajor and their people, my very favorite in all of Star Trek -- a very old civilization recently brought to its knees and tempered violently through half a century of occupation by the totalitarian Cardassians. Bajor's culture and conflict with Cardassia are absolutely key to Deep Space 9
, for which Ro was originally intended to be a castmember. (Major Kira Nerys was only created instead after Michelle Forbes refused the job.)
Ensign Ro is also something of a first within Starfleet crews, as Gene Roddenberry's old dictum had always been that conflict on Star Trek came from external sources, rather than internal strife between crewmembers, who were supposed to be a fairly harmonious cooperative. With a backstory of having been courtmartialed and losing her rank, and grown up in a labor camp, Ro was intended to be a hard-edged character to spice things up a bit. ( ready, aim, episodes )
There you have it! Ensign Ro Laren in eight episodes, easily narrowed down to four. Next week on WNW Episode Guides: Jadzia Dax, a considerably greater challenge, by ds9anon
Hello Where No Woman, and a happy September to you all. As we continue to languish in this doldrum of No Movie News, I thought it'd be fun to turn our attentions to the dilithium warp core of the Star Trek franchise -- teevee! As you may know, all of The Original Series
, The Next Generation
, and Enterprise
are currently up on Netflix Instant Watch (Deep Space Nine
should be up in October). To celebrate this unprecedented level of accessibility, how about some community-sourced episode guides? In particular, of course, woman-specific guides. While my nerdy Trekker heart is all for watching entire series (speaking of which, anyone up for a community watch-along of Voyager
? Anyone...?), I know that realistically with Star Trek that is a huge time commitment, so why not give our fellow lady-fans a cheat sheet for the big episodes that concern our favorite women in space?
The way it works is simple: claim a week, claim a lady. Your episode guide for that character can be as simple as a list of episodes where she figures prominently or as elaborate as a picspam with recaps, analysis, and squee. Episode guides will go up on Fridays, and perhaps the intervening weeks will inspire some fic or discussion. In any case, the point is to narrow down hundreds of hours of television to the few where our favorite characters get a chance to shine, and what's not fun about that?
Here are some upcoming Fridays for the claiming:
And here are some
(not all! feel free to claim any others not on the list
) televised Star Trek ladies:
TAS: Anyone up for this? Rhea? ;)
, Kai Winn, Kasidy, Leeta, starred ladies above
(sorry - I'm very unfamiliar with this canon! which is obviously why I need an episode guide)
What do you think? More women to write about, discuss with others, finally understand fics about? Sounds pretty good to me. :)
P.S. As mod I give myself permission to say that if any of you are Doctor Who fans, and if you're recently suffering some feelings, this
may be of interest to you too.
Title: This Is Everything
Fandom: Star Trek (TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY- but mostly DS9)
Song: This Is Everything
Artist: Tegan and Sara
Warnings: implied homophobia/transphobia.
Summary: To all the queer Star Trek romances that never were. I thought this might be appropriate to post here since it focuses mainly on women and their relationships :) Crossposted to vidding
and trekslashOver here at my journal.
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