InterTREKtional: Picard

18
Feb

Ninja Nuns Will Save Us! Episode Notes

Special Guest Host Molly Sanchez (@seriousmolly) fills in for Ryan this week! She and Becca get deep in Planet Vashti - permanent refugee camp for the Romulan diaspora. We ask the tough questions: who’s going to make out with whom, what do all of Captain Rios’s emergency holograms do anyway, and where can Becca get that hat? Also, we meet Space Legolas and some ninja nuns. Strap in!

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Check out Killing My Lobster, a Y2K themed sketch show written by Molly, in San Francisco February 20-29!

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Florida Picard smiles. Florida Picard wears a hat.

Absolute Backstory

Check out this Medium article by T.S. Mendola which also recaps this episode - thanks so much for crediting us for coining Dr. F*ckboy, T.S.!!!

Important Doggo Update

Molly solved the mystery of Captain Archer's dog Porthos! Apparently dogs DO live decades longer in the future (yay!) so this was, indeed, the same dog from Enterprise. Scotty disappears--but doesn't kill!--Porthos in Star Trek (2009), and rescues him in a subsequent comic book. Phew. Confirmed by 
Stack Exchange. 

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Porthos the Beagle: extremely old and not dead.

What's going on with Planet Vashti?

Are we supposed to infer some relationship to Queen Vashti from the Book of Esther? It seems like a stretch, but here's a great article on the feminist overtones of the Purim holiday - Vashti and Esther: A Feminist Perspective by Wendy Amsellem via My Jewish Learning.

The Qowat Milat are a sect of nuns who follow the Way of Absolute Candor. It seems that Absolute Candor is similar but not really the same as Radical Candor by Kim Scott. Nevertheless, if you're a manager, you might consider picking up this book.

Divergent fans might have noticed a similarity between the "Way of Absolute Candor" and the "Candor" faction, who also practiced radical truth-telling, and were pretty much hated by all the other factions for being dicks. 

 

Michael Chabon making Jewish Trek happen

The Wallenberg class ships were intended to rescue the Romulan refugees. This is a reference to Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the holocaust. 

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This image is already trending on Twitter.

The Prime Directive vs Savior Captains

Check out The Original Series episode "The Apple" for a worst-case scenario of Kirk interfering with a culture and breaking the Prime Directive in the name of his human savior complex. Via Memory Alpha. 

Here is some more information on broken treaties between the United States and native peoples, similar to the Federation's broken promise to the Romulans. Via the African American Policy Forum.

Literature

The Three Musketeers is a pretty great book by Alexander Dumas. It's in the public domain and you can read it for free on Google Books. The Count of Monte Cristo, which he also wrote and which Molly also discusses, is a much better book. Last we checked it was free or close to it on Kindle. 

Alexander Dumas was black French novelist. You can read about the role of race in his books and his sort of messed up relationship with his white father in this cool article in the Independent. We also recommend this podcast episode about Alexander Dumas from Stuff You Missed in History Class

Check out Molly's friend and author Meg Elison, whose novel The Book of the Unnamed Midwife won the Phillip K. Dick award. 

Dr. Jurati was giving off major Shut Me Up Kiss vibes, which is a trope where women who talk too much get taught to do something for the patriarchy with their face instead of blabbering. via TV Tropes.

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 Geordi can get it

Levar Burton's "Special Talent"

You can hear Levar Burton brag about his special talent (tongue strength? dexterity?) in the episode "Kunta in the House" on the Another Round podcast. 

18
Feb

Ninja Nuns Will Save Us!

Special Guest Host Molly Sanchez (@seriousmolly) fills in for Ryan this week!

*****Spoilers****

She and Becca get deep in Planet Vashti - permanent refugee camp for the Romulan diaspora. We ask the tough questions: who’s going to make out with whom, what do all of Captain Rios’s emergency holograms do anyway, and where can Becca get that hat? Also, we meet Space Legolas and some ninja nuns. Strap in!

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11
Feb

Who Wants To Vape Snakeleaf With Us?

Picard Episode 3 InterTREKtional coming right up ***SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS***

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Picard enlists his frenemy Raffi, bad-boy Captain Rios, and our fav Dr. Anges Jurati to finally engage in his space adventure. Dr. F*ckboy seems to only exist in a state of sexy-danger-flirting, even with his sister...? Soji plays Tarot-Cataan with a Romulan-ex-Borg mythologist, as Chateau Picard gets a surprise visit. Join us as we discuss all this and more!

 

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11
Feb

Who Wants to Vape Snakeleaf with Us? Episode Notes

***SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS*** Picard enlists his frenemy Raffi, bad-boy Captain Rios, and our fav Dr. Anges Jurati to finally engage in his space adventure. Dr. F*ckboy seems to only exist in a state of sexy-danger-flirting, even with his sister...? Soji plays Tarot-Cataan with a Romulan-ex-Borg mythologist, as Chateu Picard gets invaded by goons. Join us as we discuss all this and more!

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Costumes! 

We love the 14-years-ago Starfleet uniforms. Hear, hear! to costume designer Christine Clark and concept artist Greg Hopwood. P.S. Greg has seen our instagram page (squeeee!) and also worked on Birds of Prey.

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Look! They're so great!

 

The Paradox of Tolerance

In 1945 Philosopher Karl Popper wrote in The Open Society and Its Enemies:

Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.—In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be most unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right to not tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal. 

Much more recently, this comic went all around the internet, and we like Skepchick's take.

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The Tragic Sense of Life

The Tragic Sense of Life is the book of philosophy Captain Rios is reading when we meet him.

“The truth is that reason is the enemy of life.” Regarded as Spain’s most influential thinker, Miguel de Unamuno was a prolific writer of novels, essays, poetry, and plays. Tragic Sense of Life, published in 1912, was his most important philosophical work and is now generally considered one of the great existential texts of the 20th century—as provocative a work in its own right as anything written during the post-war period by Sartre, Camus, or Heidegger. In it Unamuno rejects the life of reason for one of intense passion, faith, and love, establishing Don Quixote as the great role model for contemporary man. — Amazon description

You can get it for free via Project Gutenberg. Or pay $0.99 to get it on Kindle (definitely not an affiliate link... yet?)

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This page was important enough to get screen time

 

This week on, We watch TNG so you don't have to:

That episode where Picard goes back to Chateau Picard and immediately gets a job offer -- check the privilege! It's called Family. Also, Jean-Luc and his brother mud wrestle in it.

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Oh, brothers.

 

Lost Connections

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions is a very insightful book which Becca highly recommends. It outlines 9 causes of Depression, only one of which is biological, and really expanded her understanding of her own mental illness. 

 

There you are, Hugh!

Now that Hugh's back, it's a great time to (re)listen to our episode The Borgeousie.

 

Killjoys (again)

Becca references one of her favorite shows, Killjoys. In this case, she's postulating that Freecloud (where our heroes are headed at the end of this episode) is akin to Killjoys's Utopia which the character John Jacobis describes thusly, "Sex, drugs, meds, and tech. Everything illegal and freaky... is for sale in Utopia."

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Is this what Freecloud looks like?

 

Socialism in the Military

We talk about the US military being an example of socialism. Here are a few people who agree with that take!

The US Military Is a Socialist Organization via The Nation

Military Life is Socialism and I Love It via Military.com

Troops of the Uniform Unite! The Military Is a Socialist Paradise! via The Daily Beast

 

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He finally said it!

 

4
Feb

Good Morning, Plastic People!

Robots have to work on a holiday, and honestly that's kind of BS. Picard argues with his Romulan housemates, and his doctor. Soji hangs with Dr. F*ckboy and helps cute new trill Dr. Naáshala Kunamadéstifee fasten her belt. Dr. Agnes Jurati drinks Earl Grey. Hot. Spoilers abound. Spoilers abound. 

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4
Feb

Good Morning, Plastic People Episode Notes

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We are shipping these doctors and no one can stop us.

Robots have to work on a holiday, and honestly that's kind of BS. Picard argues with his Romulan housemates, his doctor, and Star Fleet, but still doesn't step foot in a ship. Soji hooks up with Dr. F*ckboy and helps cute new trill Dr. Naáshala Kunamadéstifee fasten her belt. Not all Romulans are spies, but there are a lot of Romulan spies. Dr. Agnes Jurati drinks Earl Grey. Hot. Spoilers abound. 

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Commodore Romulan Spy


Woman in Motion

Becca went to see Woman in Motion, about Nichelle Nichols. Check out their website to learn more about this documentary.

In 1977, with just four months left, NASA struggles to recruit scientists, engineers and astronauts for their new Space Shuttle Program. That is when Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, challenges them by asking the question: Where are my people?.  She embarks on a national blitz, recruiting 8,000 of the nation’s best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first African American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space.

Where in France is Chateau Picard? It is filmed in a number of locations in California. You can now buy the wine, but honestly I read that piece twice and I am still not sure where this wine is from.

Sci Fi Burlesque 

Becca also saw The Hubba Hubba Review perform a sci fi set complete with Commander Riker. We’ll post the video on our Instagram, or you could follow their Instagram, or go see them personally at the DNA Lounge.

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A lot of people work on Labor Day. 

Ten people who work on labor day via Fox Business

Lots of people work on Labor Day, with data, and history, via Business News Daily

Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail.

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Be nice to Siri and Alexa or the may not be nice to you. Just kidding. But seriously, Should you say 'please' and 'thank you' to virtual assistants? via The Verge.

We mention "Brothers" from TNG, when Data and Lore go visit their dad, Dr. Noonian Soong, just before his death. 

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From last week:

Last week we did a fair amount of kvetching about fear of robots and the singularity, and I (Ryan) forgot to make citations.

Roko’s Basilisk is the thought experiment that presupposes that an artificial super intelligence will take over the world and punish those who knew about them and didn’t help bring them into existence. You are all doomed now. We don’t feel guilty, because this idea is dumb. (Although, please, someone make this movie, it sounds like fun to watch). It is basically Pascal’s Wager, which is kind of about believing in God just in case, and honestly makes a tiny bit more sense, but we could be wrong.

Forbes seems to think the singularity is near, while roboticist Rodney Brooks thinks the tech bros are overreacting.

 

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More on Captain Grumpy Pigtails next week, we hope.

28
Jan

All of This Has Happened Before (Episode 1: Remembrance recap)

InterTREKtional Season 3: Picard! is here with your first dose of feminist analysis of Star Trek: Picard. Episode 1: Remembrance. *****SPOILERS ABOUND***** Data is pretty busy painting and teaching cryptic lessons about poker bluffing in Picard's dreams. While awake, Jean Luc takes his tea sans caffeine (but continues to indulge in the real stuff where wine is concerned), shares his home with kindly Romulan refugees, and tanks a cable news interview.  He meets a very special graduate student named Dahj and pledges his eternal assistance and protection to her for reasons we won't reveal in this summary. 9/11 is still on Michael Chabon's mind, and we wonder: do you assume androids are male or female?

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27
Jan

All of This Has Happened Before (Episode 1: Remembrance) Episode Notes

InterTREKtional Season 3: Picard! is here with your first dose of feminist analysis of Star Trek: Picard. Episode 1: Remembrance. *****SPOILERS ABOUND***** Data is pretty busy playing poker, painting, and teaching cryptic lessons about bluffing in Picard's dreams. While awake, Jean-Luc takes his tea sans caffeine (but continues to indulge in the real stuff where wine is concerned), shares his home with kindly Romulan refugees, and bombs a cable news interview.  He meets a very special graduate student named Dahj and pledges his eternal assistance and protection to her for reasons we won't reveal in this summary. 9/11 is still on Michael Chabon's mind. 

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Spoilers after the photo!

 

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Dahj’s boyfriend getting stabbed by ninjas is an example of the “Black Dude Dies First” trope. Black Dudes Die First via TV Tropes

Becca notes that this same character is an example of people of color being cast as alien characters. In Star Trek, Worf, Tuvok, and B’Elanna are examples of this phenomenon.

His death is an example of a dead lover being used as motivation for a hero.  The Lost Lenore via TV Tropes

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Seriously, all of this has happened before and all of this will happened again. Not complaining, though!

Dahj is an example of the trope where a hot girl who seems normal is actually ninja, like River from Firefly. Badass Adorable via TV Tropes

She is also a super talented killer unaware of her own origin story, like Jason Bourne, and a sleeper agent who doesn’t know she is an android, like Boomer from Battlestar Galactica

Check out the Our Opinions are Correct episode, “It’s time to stop quoting Clarke’s third law”, advice I am pretty sure we violate by discussing this podcast in our own podcast.

Ryan is pretty sure the background premise for Picard is an allegory for America's military history in the aughts, specifically the fact that the Iraq War was a response to 9/11, and yet Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. via Vox.com

Growing distrust of institutions in America: Americans Distrust the Government via Pew Research

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Emancipation does not automatically lead to violent revenge, via Stanford University.

Episodes & Movies referenced

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Also referenced:  Outlander, Dark Angel, and, most importantly, Battlestar Galactica.

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22
Jan

Star Wars: How Can You Not be Pansexual in Space? Episode Notes

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22
Jan

Star Wars: How Can You Not Be Pansexual in Space? Teaser

Becca and Ryan discuss what they watched over winter break. (Star Wars!) Also: how a podcast gets made, and how to hear more of our lovely voices. 

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