InterTREKtional

5
Jun

Extra: We watch some TV or whatever… BLACK LIVES MATTER

In this Extra we recorded a week ago, when the boredom of isolation seemed like our most urgent issue, we talk about what we've been watching while in quarantine (The Matrix trilogy, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Great, Solar Opposites, and Midnight Gospel). ***Some mild spoilers!***

MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY, we demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and the countless other Black citizens who have been murdered by the police in America. At the end of this episode you'll hear about several organizations and educators who are out there doing the work, go give them your $$$!

Black Lives Matter 

Black Futures Lab 

Campaign Zero 

Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network Fund (GoFundMe) 

National Bail Out 

Ijioma Oluo 

Rachel Cargle 

African American Policy Forum (co-founded by Kimberlé Crenshaw)  

14
Apr

Gaila’s Star Trek 2009

Becca and Ryan welcome back special guest Molly Sanchez (@seriousmolly) to discuss Star Trek 2009! Over a decade has passed since this gem hit theaters, and we're so hot for it, you can measure our temperatures in Kelvin ;) Join us as we discuss the power of EYEBROWS, the absurdity of fencing in a movie full of battling spaceships, and whether or not you can pass the Bechdel test in your underwear.

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3
Apr

All Good Synths…

Star Trek Picard's Finale Recap is here!Picard is streaming free right now, catch up and binge our season! <3 Becca and Ryan are surviving sheltering in place and getting their signature feminist Trek takes to you, if a little late. Forgive us, it's been a weird week. Season one comes to an end and we have a lot of thoughts. 

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1
Apr

All Good Synths… Episode Notes

Star Trek Picard's Finale Recap is here! Picard is streaming free right now, catch up and binge our season! <3 Becca and Ryan are surviving sheltering in place and getting their signature feminist Trek takes to you, if a little late. Forgive us, it's been a weird week. Season one comes to an end and we have a lot of thoughts. 

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the-future-is-bright.png The Motley Crew headed into Season 2

 

We want Q! We want Q!

Despite our disappointment that Q did not show up in this episode, we love it overall. But what got our hopes up in the first place was this LEAK: Q Confirmed For Star Trek: Picard?. Take a gander, it's very convincing.

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Do Androids Dream... of being covered in eyeballs?

This episode rides heavily on the synth's technology being *imagination*-powered, which may seem very un-A.I.. It actually tracks quite well with what Google's been doing: teaching machines to make crazy art. See: Google’s DeepDream is dazzling, druggy, and creepy. It’s also the future of A.I. by David Auerbach via Slate.

 

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Socialization for All!

In this episode we talk about the synths being cut off from society outside of Coppelius, and how this contributes to their mistrust of organics. It's all about exposure and socialization. Similarly, when raising pets you should socialize them too! Here's some info from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association): Socialization of dogs and cats

 

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Does this mean we can be drinking buddies?

 

Data Loves Smoking Jackets

In his final scene, Data is wearing a beautiful grey/black smoking jacket which we identified as a callback to the TNG finale episode All Good Things.... That jacket sold at auction for $1680 in 2006. It's also very reminiscent of the one he wore as his holo-alter-ego Sherlock Holmes in Elementary, Dear Data.

Side note: the auction '40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection' had some very quality items, including "Two prop wine bottles with Chateau Picard labels" which sold for $6,600!!!! (rich people are WILD).

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25
Mar

Away Mission to Planet Cylon Episode Notes

Screen_Shot_2020-03-25_at_4_20_05_PM.jpgThe pandemic is here, y'all! Due to sheltering-in-place, we could not record this episode in the same room, so please forgive any odd audio. ************************SPOILERS******************* Nevertheless, join Becca and Ryan, and the Motley Crew on their very first Away Mission <3. We follow them through beautifully-scored vistas and a woeful lack of hats, to a magical land of gold robots. Also, Picard makes a big announcement and everybody gets emotional. Et in Arcadia ego!

 

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One of several paintings titled "Et in Arcadia ego," this one by Nicolas Poussin, 1638

The title of this episode is "Et in Arcadia Ego Part I," which translates to I, too, am in Arcadia (or even in Arcadia, I am).  Arcadia, in this case, traditionally means a utopia. It can also mean a pastoral land, in other interpretations, or a very specific utopia: heaven. The phrase is a memento mori, or a reminder of death. "Et in Arcadia Ego," is also the title of book one of Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited. (Sources: Shmoop, Wikipedia Washington Post)

The various meanings of the curse "puta madre" are discussed on Urban Dictionary

Becca wants you to know that you should wear a hat while you hike. (REI) 

Picard is dressed like Han Solo. Observe: 

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"Android" comes from the Late Greek root androeidēs meaning "manlike," and was first used in 1736. It is technically not gender neutral in its origin. (Merriam-Webster)

Ryan learned about the meaning of "sutra," in yoga teacher training, and you can learn about it on Yogapedia. We found the meaning of "jana" on Sanscrit Dictionary. 

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Here's some stuff on the Arab explorer Ahmad Ibn Majid, the 15th Century navigator, on Aramco World

You can sing along with the Arroz con Leche lullaby on Youtube

24
Mar

Away Mission to Planet Cylon

The pandemic is here, y'all! Due to sheltering-in-place, we could not record this episode in the same room, so please forgive any odd audio. ************************SPOILERS******************* Nevertheless, join Becca and Ryan, and the Motley Crew on their very first Away Mission <3. We follow them through beautifully-scored vistas with a woeful lack of hats, to a magical land of gold robots. Also, Picard makes a big announcement and everybody gets emotional. But don't forget, et in Arcadia ego - even here there's death.

Episode Notes and Citations

19
Mar

Arroz Con Leche and Peppermint Ice Cream Episode Notes

So much happens in Episode 8 of Picard that we can hardly summarize our podcast without spoilers, so ********************************************************************SPOILERS****** Raffi puts on her detective hat and solves at least two, maybe three mysteries this episode, with the help of all five emergency Rios look alike holograms. Soji and Agnes have feelings. Seven and Elnor have ACTION SCENES. Becca and Ryan have lots of thoughts. 

Content Warning: Suicide and Rape. 

SuicidePreventionLifeline.org 

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So much d'awwwwww

Malingering and Ableism

Becca calls out the ableism inherent in Sister Incest describing Ramdha's coma as "malingering." Here's some writing on the subject:

The Able-ist Gaze: Imagining Malingering by Meadow Jones via The Feminist Wire.

Flip the Script by Calling Out Ableism First via Invisible Disability Project.

"Chronic pain is generally understood as pain that lasts much longer than it should, not necessarily or expected to stop in the near future, and it carries with it suspicions of malingering or hysteria." Using Pain, Living with Pain by Emma Sheppard via SAGE Journals, published in Feminist Review.

 

Ann Magnuson is pretty cool

Karen aka Admiral Clancy is played by not-afraid-to-drop-f-bombs Ann Magnuson, who is 64 years old (to Patrick Stewart's 79). Among other things, she played vampire David Bowie's victim in the 1983 film The Hunger... so we must all go watch that immediately now.

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If only we could all make out with vampire David Bowie (or any David Bowie, RIP) 

 

Trigger warning: discussion of suicide

We talk about the recurring theme of suicide-as-solution in this episode. Ryan mentioned that people who don't see other options - in other words, who are hopeless - become vulnerable to suicide. This is the topic of a good deal of research, for example:

Hopelessness as a predictor of attempted suicide among first admission patients with psychosis: A 10-year cohort study by E. David Klonsky, et al. via NIH.

Reasons for Living, Hopelessness, and Suicide Ideation Among Depressed Adults 50 Years or Older by Peter C. Britton, Ph.D., et al. via NIH

Hopelessness Leading to Self-harm and Suicide by Dr. Sarmad Muhammad Soomar Ranani, et al. via Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience.

 

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Best scene of the episode

 

What is colorism?

At the end of the episode, Becca briefly mentions colorism. Lori L. Tharps, author of Same Family, Different Colors, writes about this form of discrimination in The Difference Between Racism and Colorism via TIME. The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) has assembled this bulletin on Colorism which includes a powerful set of videos and statistics.

19
Mar

Arroz Con Leche and Peppermint Ice Cream

So much happens in Episode 8 of Picard that we can hardly summarize our podcast without spoilers, so ********************************************************************SPOILERS******Raffi puts on her detective hat and solves at least two, maybe three mysteries this episode, with the help of all five emergency Rios look alike holograms. Soji and Agnes have feelings. Seven and Elnor have ACTION SCENES. Becca and Ryan have lots of thoughts. 

Content Warning: Suicide and Rape. 

SuicidePreventionLifeline.org 

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11
Mar

Pizza, Cake, and Drugs (A Port in the Storm)

We're all tears as Picard finds shelter with some familiar faces. This episode hits heavy on themes of family and loss, mistrust and loyalty, what it means to be an individual, and fighting against impossible odds. Becca and Ryan talk third wave verses second wave feminism and get real thirsty about the beautiful cast of Picard. Spoilers abound. 

**We apologize for posting a day later this week due to the Jewish holiday of Purim**

[Content Warning: Extremely cursory and brief discussion of rape and partner abuse.]

Episode Citations and Notes

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11
Mar

Pizza, Cake, and Drugs (A Port in the Storm) Episode Notes

***HERE THERE BE SPOILERS***

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This is your heart, Mon Capitan

Ryan and Becca get emotional this week when Picard is reunited with Riker and Troi. We meet their precocious tween daughter and spend a lot of time ogling the idyllic wilderness. Soji learns about Data. Meanwhile, shit is going down on the Borg cube, and Sister F*ckboy is LIVING for it.

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Who does this remind you of?

Becca was paraphrasing Gloria Steinem on getting married in her 60s and her need to change the institution of marriage first. Her interview with Barbara Walters in 2001 has it in her own words.

Hugh's dying words are a good example of the Almost Dead Guy trope, wherein the dying live just long enough to impart important information to further the plot.

The crew of La Sirena might trust Aggie in the face of countervailing evidence because they buy into the trope of fair hair being characteristic of virtue and heroism.

We talk a bit about how the Zhat Vash could be causing the very apocalypse they're trying to prevent, which may be the result of a time travel Predestination Paradox. There are definitions of causality paradoxes that depend less on fate and predestination than the above citation. We were also using time travel to describe a very old literary device, the classical tragedy: where a character (or people) cause their own fate by trying to avoid it. These tropes are also part of the storytelling apparatus in the finale episode of The Next Generation, All Good Things....

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There are three anomalies, and I caused all of them :( 

Michael Chabon clarifies that Romulans who have forehead ridges are from the Northern hemisphere of Romulus.

We refer to our episode Mind Rape is Still Rape (trigger warning) with regards to Commodore Oh's mind-meld with Dr. Jurati.

Becca was especially pleased with the music composition of this episode and how it tied in the Picard theme and the TNG theme so beautifully. Cudos to Jeff Russo for composing!

Evan Evagora is causing us a to swoon juuuuuust a bit. Hear him in this interview with his New Zealand accent!

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Thirst posting

Many agree with our argument in favor of Equal Opportunity Objectification (of all genders), including feminist bloggers and male celebrities. Academia has a deep and nuanced set of arguments on this topic, helpfully summarized by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy!

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