Thursday, September 03, 2020

I know I'm excited

You've heard about the futility of putting lipstick on a pig. ST:D is going two better by smearing toxic waste on a corpse.
Star Trek: Discovery is set to introduce the show's first ever transgender and non-binary characters in series three. Producers have confirmed that the new roles will make a debut on the third season next month.

Ian Alexander will be taking on the role of transgender character, Gray, while Blu del Barrio will play the non-binary Adira.

Transgender actor Ian Alexander, 19, who uses both they/them and he/him pronouns, is known for his role as Buck Vu in The OA and he also voiced Lev in the video game The Last of Us Part II. He is the first openly transgender Asian-American actor to appear on television. Ian uses their social media platform to campaign for transgender equality and anti-racism.
Surely this will attract the vast majority of the population that isn't watching the continued devolution of Star Trek!

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Blogger Glen Sprigg September 03, 2020 1:01 PM  

Dammit, they just keep adding more and more shows for me to not watch. I don't know how much time I'm going to be able to devote to not watching TV crap anymore; there's just so, so much of it.

Fortunately, thanks to this website, I discovered David the Good's writing, and we'll be putting a couple of his books to good use once we get to our new hobby farm next month. That should alleviate the pressure of not watching anything on TV anymore.

Blogger Doktor Jeep September 03, 2020 1:07 PM  

After beating the dead horse they put a dress on it.

Blogger September 03, 2020 1:07 PM  

I'm in! Oh wait, I'd have to buy a TV and internet. then I'd have to care enough to find it on whichever station. Since I've declared a moratorium on shopping, sadly I have to pass. Next time, for sure.

Blogger Damelon Brinn September 03, 2020 1:16 PM  

There's something poetic about the fact that, given the freedom to select any pronouns one can imagine, this person can't settle on just one set.

Since they're saying "he," I assume she was born a woman and is the less-seen FtM version. Will she appeal to the MtF tranny-nerd demographic that infests everything tech these days, or will they be upset that their type isn't represented? Hard to say. Probably depends on whether they imagine she would have sex with them.

Blogger Derrick Bonsell September 03, 2020 1:17 PM  

It's the 22nd century and trans people can't get full-body surgery to match their claimed gender?

Blogger Jose Miguel September 03, 2020 1:19 PM  

So Tolerant! So Scientific! So Futuristic!

Truly the golden age of science fiction!

Blogger Phelps September 03, 2020 1:20 PM  

I didn't even know the show existed, much less that it was getting a third season.

Blogger Unknown September 03, 2020 1:22 PM  

Star Trek has been dead and dying since the last Next Generation movie. Abrams tried to breath some life into a dying franchise and it looked like the heart started beating a bit. But it was just a heart beat created from residual electrical energy from the defibrillator. i am sure there is a population of hundreds waiting to see these movies.

It is obvious that profit isn't what these companies are all about.

Blogger basementhomebrewer September 03, 2020 1:22 PM  

How long till they finally just go for what all "trekkies" have shown they want through years of court cases. Just go ahead and put the MAP characters in. Make all of them MAPs. Their fan base it pretty much exclusively those individuals by now anyway.

Blogger GrumpusAurelius September 03, 2020 1:22 PM  

It truly is an awful show, maybe the worst of all the trek's. Given the miserable quality of the star trek franchise, that's saying something.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd September 03, 2020 1:26 PM  

I wonder if the freaks will attract even the other freaks? They hate themselves, surely they must hate anything so like them.

Blogger IAMSpartacus0000 September 03, 2020 1:26 PM  

Enjoyed the first season of 100 then they had to be gay power chicks. Enjoyed the first season of Unbrella Acadamy the one gay guy was very minimal in presentation, but season two. Honestly I am starting to root for the "bad guys" and hoping then nuke the world.

Think their may be a "women and LGBTQ+ ruin everything." Axiom in the making.

Funniest part is I have not yet seen any LGBTQ+ character that isn't some mental wreck of a character.

Blogger Brad September 03, 2020 1:29 PM  

They already did the non binary thing on TNG. Of course Riker tried to have sex with it.

Blogger Hyzer September 03, 2020 1:31 PM  

I'm confused:

"uses both they/them and he/him pronouns"

So you're allowed to call it him? Or is it called they? Is this a chick who stretched out her clit or a dude who tuned his pecker inside out?

Why don't they make a movie of The Player of Games where the characters live so long they change gender every few years so they don't get bored.

Blogger Unknown September 03, 2020 1:31 PM  

It's like they're deliberately trying to kill off the entire franchise.

Blogger Ingot9455 September 03, 2020 1:33 PM  

Well, they are following Vox's description of software engineering teams in that they have the '+ one gay asian' locked up.

Of course the whole article is wrong, they already had the transgendered non-binary alien Dax in Star Trek: Voyager. They just made sure she was played by a semi-hot young chick when she was referring to her masculine past with Captain Sisko.

Which just shows how far back they were laying the seeds.

Blogger Unknownsailor September 03, 2020 1:33 PM  

The Orville is the only Star Trek on television today. I refuse to even pirate ST:Discovery, much less pay CBS to stream it.

Blogger Angela September 03, 2020 1:38 PM  

I had mixed feelings once upon a time as I didn't like seeing an old legacy be destroyed but now my thoughts are, and I believe that the phrase is, "I don't give a quantum of a damn." Let it all burn. We will build something new; something good, beautiful, and true from their ashes.

Blogger Steve Canyon September 03, 2020 1:38 PM  

Time for a Star Trek meets Alien crossover.

Blogger Silent Draco September 03, 2020 1:39 PM  

Go tell the Klingons, ye passer by,
That xer Earthers here dead shall lie,
Fulfilling their deepest desires.

Blogger Jeff Weimer September 03, 2020 1:46 PM  

28 years too late, of course. TNG episode "The Outcast" premiered in 1992.

Blogger RadixMalorum September 03, 2020 1:55 PM  

The videos people make mocking this cancerous show are infinitely more entertaining than the show itself.

Blogger FallofthaEmpire September 03, 2020 1:55 PM  

Get woke go broke! Netherflix and the Devil Mouse are learning this too.

Blogger Ostar September 03, 2020 1:57 PM  

Some forget or don't realize that VCRs and Cable didn't take off until the early 1980s, so access to anything beyond the "Big Three" networks was slim to none. Star Trek was about the only major American video Science Fiction pre-Star Wars, and the first major high-production value series post-Star Wars.

But Star Trek long ago burned through the goodwill they generated from that. Let it become scorched and salted earth.

Blogger TheMaleRei September 03, 2020 1:59 PM  

@2 - let's be honest, they did more than just beat the horse and put a dress on it.

For my part, I'm glad whenever Hollywood dumps more and more money onto a franchise they've already despoiled.

I look forward to Nerdrotic and Doomcock and RedLetterMedia disemboweling the show as they did for the previous seasons, plus Picard, plus Lower Decks.

CBS has so screwed the pooch that they couldn't get anyone to purchase their Season 2 Short Treks, and thus just put them out on YouTube. I think the most they've gotten is perhaps 50K views on one of the videos.

Get Woke Go Broke.

Blogger Barbarossa September 03, 2020 2:00 PM  

The noted Asian-American thespian Ian Alexander. No doubt of the Tokugawa Alexanders. The given name Ian has been proudly handed down over the generations to the third transgendered son of the line to honor Ian Pedro Alexander who so bravely dressed himself as a geisha prior to the epic Battle of Fresno to avoid military service.

Blogger Some Guy September 03, 2020 2:01 PM  

Not to mention they have already done this several times in the series. Dax for crying out loud...

Blogger ~brb September 03, 2020 2:03 PM  

Oh boy. So Star Trek is rushing to break new ground by doing what Dr Who and Torchwood were doing 15 years ago? Such audacity.

Blogger Troy Lee Messer September 03, 2020 2:08 PM  

they dont make like they used to. I recall a friend seeing Mr. Doohan in Pullman @ WSU. Appare tly, of course, some one shouts, "Beam me up Scotty."
Someone asked him if he ever got sick of it and his response was that he was coo with being an American Icon...kinda like Dawn Wells.

Oh, and he was a genuine storming the ÷=/+ing beaches oh its just flesh wound war hero.

Canada, James Doohan absolves you of Justin Bieber.

Blogger Morrisfactor September 03, 2020 2:13 PM  

Every time I think we've hit rock bottom, something else comes along like this to make me realize it's going to get EVEN WORSE!

Blogger Joe Smith September 03, 2020 2:21 PM  

I didn't even know Star Trek: Discovery existed. Talk about beating a dead horse into its constituent atoms. Can't wait for the story arc where the gender-fluid Captain runs out of shkler's testosterone injections while in deep space. Hilarity ensues.

Blogger urthshu September 03, 2020 2:23 PM  

>>It's the 22nd century and trans people can't get full-body surgery to match their claimed gender?

With the advent of transporters that reassemble you, it'd be a simple thing to assign gender on reassembly. So one must assume a transgender in that era prefers to be misbegotten.

Blogger Skyler the Weird September 03, 2020 2:38 PM  

Even the Orville has the TG catered to with that episode of the NotWorf character's daughter having reassignment surgery.

Blogger Skyler the Weird September 03, 2020 2:41 PM  

As far as Picard and Discovery go, someone just needs to open the Antimatter containment field on the Warp core and let the whole mess self destruct.

Blogger vanderleun September 03, 2020 2:45 PM  

The whining plaint of the "non-binary" psychotics also ruined a perfectly good new TV police procedural "Deputy" as the shaved lip character moaned and whined she/it and drove the one-season cancellation.

Blogger Chris Lopes September 03, 2020 2:54 PM  

As I recall, Sisko always called her "old man". So yeah, it was done before, but these people always see history beginning about 5 minutes ago.

Blogger Houston September 03, 2020 2:59 PM  

Take a good look at the Vulcan IDIC symbol, which dates back to the Original Series. Given all that we know and suspect about Pedowood these days, what proclivity does it suggest?

Blogger Aeroschmidt September 03, 2020 3:02 PM  

I was a small child the last time I saw star trek... Without this nonsense, who would know it still existed. So it kind of works from a marketing perspective. Not that I would have watched it with or without.

Blogger Balkan Yankee September 03, 2020 3:09 PM  

The 20th Century called. Wants Star Trek back.

Blogger rumpole5 September 03, 2020 3:13 PM  

The zombieization of contemporary culture and entertainment is what puzzles me. When I was a teen, the big band era was only 20 years or so in the past, but I don't recall ever hearing it played in the 60s. In contrast one can easily hear music fron the 80s and 90s played on the radio now. Star Trek was 50 years ago! The redos, Next Gen & Deep Space & so on were like 30 years ago.
It is as though all creativity was arrested at some point. I like going to my local Boomers restaurant and listening to the piped in Everly Bros, Elvis, the Beach Boys and so on, but I wouldn't expect anyone under the age of 50 to enjoy it, and I certainly wouldn't want to listen to "new" redos of that musical style. That thought is creepy in a Miss Haversham sort of way.

Anonymous Anonymous September 03, 2020 3:26 PM  

Gay + Asian = Gaysian

Blogger DeepThought September 03, 2020 3:30 PM  

Why are so many Asian men confused about their sex?

Blogger Canadian Warlord September 03, 2020 3:31 PM  

Ratings are already tanked for this and for "Picard." As mentioned "Star Trek" used to be the only science fiction tv show of a certain quality. Now it's a lower quality than what's out there, so they're flooding the streaming services with more and more watered down junk by the same name. "Discovery" is already copying jokes from "Orville."

I hear there's more Trek on the way. "Futurama" predicted this! Eventually a religion is started, then society decides it's enough, and throws the trekkies into volcanoes, one by one.

Blogger SemiSpook37 September 03, 2020 3:32 PM  

I was turned off when they started advertising that you had to pay to watch ST:D on CBS All Access. I still feel cheated by that two hour premiere they put on the main network. What the hell makes them think anybody with two brain cells you could rub together would even waste that kind of money to see such drivel?

This is why I was ALWAYS a fan of Montgomery Scott (the James Doohan iteration). Man was always focused on his job, even when things affected him personally.

Blogger Salt September 03, 2020 3:35 PM  

Guess it's finally true. ST:D *has* gone where no man has gone before.

Blogger SidVic September 03, 2020 3:36 PM  

Has Vox commented on the national justice party?

Blogger DeeJay September 03, 2020 3:39 PM  

About as daring as quacking at a duck farm, these days.

It's telling that the last truly controversial Trek casting choice, one that elicited untold amounts of vitriol from the Goodthinkers twenty years ago, was the decision to add a buxom Borgette to Voyager. Played by an actress that would've fit right in on the revered original '60's series, which was chock full of beautiful and fiercely heterosexual women on a regular basis.

Blogger Oswald September 03, 2020 3:39 PM  

They lost me when they still referred to him/her as "asian." I'm sorry just not woke enough for me. But seriously, I'm going to hold out for a remake of broke back mountain with transgenders in all the roles. What incredible spell binding storytelling that will be.

Blogger Azimus September 03, 2020 3:55 PM  

Who watches this garbage? I can't imagine anybody who loved the original series or TNG is going to like it.

Blogger liberranter September 03, 2020 4:04 PM  

"Transgender/non-binary" characters MIGHT make sense in a Star Trek context if they are of a non-human/non-humanoid species that forms and reproduces in a way entirely different from known human/humanoid biology. Otherwise, introduction of such characters is just raw woke propaganda too obvious to be anything other than a virtue-signalling insult to the viewers' intelligence.

Blogger cecilhenry September 03, 2020 4:05 PM  

My father is a 60's child, and remains woefully ignorant of the subversion agenda eating away at his family and society.

He was really shocked at the 'sudden' change last year when his church was considering homosexual ordination and marriage.

But of course, he thought that was a 'one time' localized thing....

Then this week he's browsing the CBC and (knowing his grandson is going into film studies) decides to see what "The future of Film Showcase is all about....."

Picture a man with his jaw on the floor in shock....

Red pilling takes a long time for his generation... but videos like that really speed the process make him realize its a more systemic agenda.

Blogger Steve Canyon September 03, 2020 4:08 PM  

STD seems to be quite fitting in reference to this show...

Blogger Colonel Blimp September 03, 2020 4:21 PM  

I hope that on their last day on Earth Patrick Stewart and other kind hearted but misguided liberals see the absolute folly in their support for progressive norms over the decades. That they one day have a moment of "what have I left for my grandkids" etc.

In the 80s having a female security officer and thinly veiled anti nationalist tropes was edgy on TNG. Even the subplot with troi and worf, while both aliens was taboo a bit. He gladly supported it. He married a producer and it continued into other series, stretching more and more boundaries. With his gay friend Gandolf, he pushed gay marriage and issues in roles and movies he was in. All interviews in between a smiling Stewart gladly goes along with the slide in the very upper crust thespian way he presents himself. Reasoned. Kind. Wise. But really the lasp gasp of the aristocratic class trying to be one of the good guys.

But in his new series you can tell he isn't happy. And it's not because all his mates look ancient. No thats the only good part of the show, seeing fat Riker or still somewhat good looking Troi. No,it's because deep down, even he is feeling the no country for old men emotions. I hope before he expires he says what's really on his mind like Cleese did, but I doubt it.

Star Trek died the day non actor quantum leap guy was paired with goofuses and queers in the worst show ever created. Since then every loser and outcast has flocked to trek in the hope that their own affliction will be broadcast proudly on the corpse of the brand and everyone will finally see how proud and courageous they have been in the land of Drumpf.

Blogger Noah B. September 03, 2020 4:30 PM  

Sending the freaks off to distant parts of the galaxy = winning

Blogger Doktor Jeep September 03, 2020 4:39 PM  

This is textbook skinsuiting

Blogger Apoliteia September 03, 2020 4:39 PM  

When I started reading the post and saw "ST;D", I thought: "why the colon?"

Then I read further and got that it was about Star Trek. Then I thought: "why the colon?"

Blogger rikjames.313 September 03, 2020 4:39 PM  

I liked the first Star Trek, I thought 80% of the TNG was good. DS9 was pretty good, but I missed quite a few shows. Voyager was okayish but I missed about half the shows and have never tried to catch up. Same with Enterprise.

The first Discovery wasn't good. My nephew sent me the next 4. No. Not going to pay to watch.

I only know about Picard because of here and some funny youtube videos by Doomcock. This Lower Decks sounds like raw ass

Blogger Ahuehuete September 03, 2020 4:41 PM  

"Even the Orville has the TG catered to with that episode of the NotWorf character's daughter having reassignment surgery."

I quickly gave up on the uber woke Orville.

Blogger Terrific September 03, 2020 5:11 PM  

What's worse than as*holes ruining an iconic television franchise is when they don't even bother to know the history of the show.


Then there were the Bynars, another unisex species.

Then there were the J'naii, who were androgynous an considered sexually dimorphic races inferior.

My memory is that, next there are the Trill. Trill are sexually dimorphic but their symbiotes can be implanted in male or female hosts. It is never said exactly how the symbiotes reproduce.

I'm almost sorry I know this much about the later ST series. None of them can compare with the experience of watching the original series when I was eight, nine and ten years old, and then reveling in the reruns; seemingly never tiring of seeing them even after you could repeat any of the dialogue by heart!

Blogger Dark Herald September 03, 2020 5:32 PM  

I strongly suspect Alex Kurtzman's Secret Hideout is deliberately trying to damage the Star Trek brand as much as possible.

No really. He honestly has a reason to do that.

Blogger Geir Balderson September 03, 2020 5:35 PM  

He uses it/them/us /who/how/maybe / don't know and what? as pronouns. It is currently resting comfortably in a padded room on Mars.

Blogger Pseudotsuga September 03, 2020 5:40 PM  

Boy, I can't WAIT to be more woke, and signal to everybody else around me how woke I am!

Blogger Damelon Brinn September 03, 2020 5:43 PM  

Patrick Stewart and other kind hearted but misguided liberals

I can't give him that benefit of the doubt. He didn't just go along with STP; he was one of the producers and had creative input. He said in interviews that he was making the show to say things about Brexit and migrants. (Apparently it was so incompetently made that the message it made about migration was that if you let foreigners in, they will kill your ass.) He also had a lot to do with turning the TNG movies into dumb action flicks, culminating in his dune buggy ride in Nemesis.

He's a weird dude. I realized that when I saw him in an interview once. He's just a very good actor who can deliver the Hamlet or Captain Picard that the directors want, but it doesn't mean he really understands the character or believes anything that comes out of his mouth.

Blogger Hammerli 280 September 03, 2020 5:50 PM  

TOS was good. TNG had two good seasons, the third and fourth. I rather lost interest after that.

Time for a crossover. Say with the Skylark Series. Dick Seaton and his gang show up and blast the entire ST galaxy out of the sky.

Blogger Cloudbuster September 03, 2020 5:53 PM  

Colonel Blimp wrote:I hope that on their last day on Earth Patrick Stewart and other kind hearted but misguided liberals

You are giving Patrick Stewart a benefit of the doubt he definitely does not deserve. Vile old man.

Blogger Damelon Brinn September 03, 2020 6:01 PM  

Dax for crying out loud...

Yeah, but you know why Dax doesn't count. Jadzia was a hot chick, for starters. Trannies are ugly, or at best androgynously bland. They know they can never look and sound and move like her, so they hate her.

And Dax was no gender-bender. The symbiont was sexless (though whenever its personality came to the forefront it acted totally male, but hey, it's TV), and could live in a male or female body. But in a female body it acted female and was attracted to men, and vice versa when it had lived in males. The closest they came to any sexual confusion was the lesbian kiss episode, in which Dax kissed a female Trill because the symbionts had been lovers in past bodies, but at that time they had been male and female. The confusion was only for the audience, and it was just an obvious marketing ploy anyway.

The DS9 creators did a retrospective recently where they congratulated themselves for being woke about certain things while beating themselves up for not going further to things like trannies, as if anyone was thinking about that in 1995. They also managed to make it sound like they were fighting Orange Man Bad in the mid-90s. Just more proof that none of these shows should be continued, because even the people who did a good job with them in the past aren't capable of doing it again. They used to be able to subordinate their politics to the story most of the time. Not now.

Blogger Padre Geo September 03, 2020 6:21 PM  

I'm going to write them and let them know how excited I am about the direction they are going, and looking forward to their future success. Might as well help them along.....

Blogger rikjames.313 September 03, 2020 6:32 PM  

Ahuehuete wrote:"Even the Orville has the TG catered to with that episode of the NotWorf character's daughter having reassignment surgery."

I quickly gave up on the uber woke Orville.

I thought the Orville storylines are not only his ode to the first Star Trek, but he is trying to insert criticism of the the current Hollywood Dogma as best he can without getting cancelled. I don't know how else he could criticize the Hollywood gay mafia demanding total loyalty, besides how he did it

Blogger Oswald September 03, 2020 6:38 PM  

52 be glad your mind just doesn't take you there.

Blogger RandyB September 03, 2020 6:40 PM  

Not Seaton. Marc Duquesne. I'd love to see him turned loose in the Star Trek galaxy...

Blogger Bezzle September 03, 2020 6:51 PM  

@5. Derrick Bonsell
It's the 22nd century and trans people can't get full-body surgery to match their claimed gender?

"The Orville" (which is where all the real original series Trek fans have been for the last two years) got this right from the jump: Complex medical procedures, including replacing lost limbs and gender alteration, are like getting fitted for glasses.

(I have dim hopes that half the Orville cast won't be in jail after the upcoming Storm; MacFarlane's Twitter feed isn't helping.)

@15. Walpurgisnacht
It's like they're deliberately trying to kill off the entire franchise.

It all falls into place one you've realized that the "as if" truly is deliberate, and has been for decades.

It is nothing less than the communist demolition of Western culture.

@59. rikjames.313
This Lower Decks sounds like raw ass

“What are the odds that he’ll prove to be a useless, incompetent, cowardly, pathetic loser that gets constantly upstaged and humiliated by a strong, smart, capable, and diverse woman?”

Because we certainly haven't seen that anywhere else in a knock-off cartoon.

Blogger Jack Amok September 03, 2020 7:00 PM  

What's worse than as*holes ruining an iconic television franchise is when they don't even bother to know the history of the show.


Yeah, I was wondering about that - there were a lot of weird aliens on the show over the years, certainly they'd already had some hermaphrodite or androgynous ones already. Just another case of these freaks thinking they're so special and edgy.

Blogger Dole September 03, 2020 7:00 PM  

From Star Trek to full blown Star Wreck.

Blogger Oswald September 03, 2020 7:15 PM  

My last comment was meant for 56.

Blogger Ransom Smith September 03, 2020 7:36 PM  

The only good mainstream sci fi show in the last two decades was the Battlestar reboot.

Blogger Reprehensible Adam September 03, 2020 8:14 PM  

Hahaha stay in the light!
I think I here a Bee Gees song.
You can tell by the way I walk.

Blogger thethirdcoast September 03, 2020 8:58 PM  

Troy Lee Messer wrote:they dont make like they used to. I recall a friend seeing Mr. Doohan in Pullman @ WSU.

Scotty gets around!

I've been to Pullman....their airport terminal is a single building that's smaller than many barns.

That said, I do prefer Moscow, ID and the U of Idaho campus just on the other side of the state line, famous for being the alma mater of Sarah Palin.

Blogger map September 03, 2020 9:24 PM  

So I got CBS All Access for free back in March and I decided the watch the new Star Trek Picard and Star Trek Discovery series. none of you have to.

The series are laden with a fascinating psychology that you really have to see to believe. They are not merely woke. While Picard is pedestrian in its liberal nonsense, Discovery is written as if it deliberately tries to avoid any of the criticisms that plagued Star Wars. It avoids, for example, a "Mary Sue" lead character that is somehow, effortlessly, great at everything and, instead, has her screw up a situation that leads to her imprisonment and disgrace, only to be fortuitously recruited by a rogue Captain in the middle of the war.

Let's put it this way. I have never seen a story written by a bunch of girls that were so desperate to please the boys. They put so much thought into the story, crafted it so intricately, inserted three to four epic story lines into the material, and fashioned probably the greatest Star Trek narrative in the entire Star Trek Universe.

Did you know that this story is written to not disturb the Star Trek universe? The events take place before the TOS of James Kirk but the plotting is designed to make sure that the events, technologies, history, etc., has no impact on anything in TOS, TNG, Enterprise. They went out of their way not to pull a JJ Abrams.

Do you like Klingons? Oh...are they wonderful to watch. Their motivation is that the Federation is a plague, spreading across the Universe and threatening the uniqueness and distinctiveness of the Klingon people. An outcast of no Klingon House invents the cloaking device, unites the Klingon Houses and proceeds to rip the Federation apart, killing millions.

Like Federation Captains? It introduced the greatest Captain of all...Lorca. I won't even spoil what they did with that. To top it off, they created an entire story arc around...Captain Christopher Pike.

Oh...and the Federation has its own intelligence/clandestine branch. It was hinted at before in previous series...but here, they give it a parallel story arc.

Watching this was like watching the first few Avengers movies and being astonished that Disney could make something like this.

And CBS undid all of that wonderful material by marketing this as a finger-wagging, gaybal, woke BLM fest...which it is not. The traditional Star Trek fans were turned off by the advertised wokeness, and the woke newbies would soon realize that this show is not woke enough. That is why it is behind a CBS pay wall instead of running parallel to the Orville on network TV.

The Orville is good, because it is advertised as a comedic take on Star Trek, which lowers standards enough for Orville to succeed.

Blogger Hammerli 280 September 03, 2020 9:50 PM  

@70: Marc DuQuesne would tear the entire ST universe apart...then rule it with a fist of iron.

Blogger Colonel Blimp September 03, 2020 9:59 PM  

As Christians, but also realists that desire a future for our kids, we can't simply dismiss everyone out of hand. Sometimes on this site and many right leaning sites there is a tendancy to just lump anyone who isnt 100 percent on every topic as sh7t. Or false prohpets. Etc. Not saying Stewart isn't as you say, but if the bar is anyone not as perfect as some of the members here you aren't going to have any allies and be miserable.

Devil worshipping pedos, completely spoiled opportunistic urban thugs, and bubble headed liberals who would sell out their own kids for some Somali rapist are our enemies. Everyone else needs to be given a chance to reform.

Blogger Newscaper312 September 03, 2020 10:41 PM  

What I enjoyed about The Orville was that you could tell the general flavor leaned left, they touched on a lot of issues and actually acknowledged that there could be two or more sides that often also valid issues, and never the smug preachiness of Trek. I could never imagine Trek having an episode where porn addiction (yes in the holodeck) is destructive to family life,
Even with the single sex male-seeming alien Worf knockoff, which seems to be pro marriage ends up in a recurring ethical mess because turns out they were doing forced changes on their females, which does cause a big shitstorm of resistance.
It is the closest thing to old Trek, with more humor. Has some smart social commentary on social media, even reality shows.

Re the Battlstar Galactica remake... Fantastic first season and a half, w moments of greatness later, but then it becomes apparent they had no more idea what to do with their great setup than the the idiots running Lost. They increasingly went down the path of " we humans are so rotten were worse than the Cylons who killed billions of us"... And in the end the surviving humans intentionally commit civilzational and cultural suicide. Screw that.

Blogger Guy Incognito September 03, 2020 10:47 PM  

The Orville already has their Trans, gay character. They beat Star Trek by years.

Anonymous Anonymous September 03, 2020 10:50 PM  

Star Trek has sucked since at least 1987. There was really nothing to ruin.

Blogger A trite re-white September 03, 2020 10:57 PM  

Star Trek " Trekking into Hell"

Blogger MrNiceguy September 03, 2020 11:27 PM  

Because Asian porn, particularly the Japanese stuff.

Watch too much of that stuff and you'll start getting confused about your species, much less gender.

Blogger MrNiceguy September 03, 2020 11:35 PM  

And even that went drastically downhill at the end.

Blogger Shane Bradman September 03, 2020 11:59 PM  

The abbreviation is literally STD so don't be shocked at how syphilitic the script is.

Blogger bw September 04, 2020 12:55 AM  

It was the Globalist Universal Federation from the big Inning

Blogger bw September 04, 2020 12:57 AM  

of Sarah Palin

..who had an Israeli flag on her .gov desk....

Blogger LordSomber September 04, 2020 1:35 AM  

Bring back Gene/Jean from "Quark"!

Blogger LordSomber September 04, 2020 1:36 AM  

Bring back Gene/Jean from "Quark"!

Blogger tublecane September 04, 2020 2:23 AM  

Tom Hanks might secretly be a pervert, but back in the days of the After the Ball strategy they worried about turning off regular folk. So they cast guys with clean public reputations as AIDs lawyers.

Nowadays CBS finds it necessary to scoop up the one genitally-confused yellow thing anyone's ever heard of. And the only reason anyone's ever heard of it is because a retarded game executive got enscorcelled by a feminist grievance-hustler.

Why not cast someone an audience might recognize? Or even enjoy (if that's allowed)? Because it's pure virtue-casting.

@12- I notice the mental illness thing you mention not just with trannies and such, but with nearly everyone. Women especially. Almost like it's on purpose. What are the odds that every female character you meet is a bitch who's off her rocker? Certainly normal females are out there.

Well, the odds are good I guess if the writers are bitches unrestrained by level-headed authorities.

Blogger John Rockwell September 04, 2020 3:56 AM  

Wonder how much the Prometheans have to spare to keep Propaganda like this alive.

Blogger VD September 04, 2020 5:19 AM  

I decided the watch the new Star Trek Picard and Star Trek Discovery series

You really, really, really need to change your screen name at this point.

Blogger Silly but True September 04, 2020 7:11 AM  

Of all the questions fans still have about the Borg, I never imagined how many genders they are being the one needed answering.

Blogger Sillon September 04, 2020 7:48 AM  

Unknownsailor wrote:The Orville is the only Star Trek on television today. I refuse to even pirate ST:Discovery, much less pay CBS to stream it.

Makes sense not to pirate shit, shit free or not is still shit, no one wants shit.

Blogger Karen took the Kids September 04, 2020 9:06 AM  

All the technology in the Star Trek universe and they still haven't found a cure for degeneracy.

Blogger Darren September 04, 2020 11:28 AM  

Did you just assume gender-appropriate attire?

Blogger Darren September 04, 2020 12:39 PM  

"Scientists are saying the future is going to be far more futuristic than they originally predicted."
-Krysta Now

Blogger Darren September 04, 2020 12:42 PM  

Get Woke Go Into Season Two With Way Less Than Half Of Your Season One Audience.

Blogger map September 04, 2020 2:59 PM  

VD wrote:I decided the watch the new Star Trek Picard and Star Trek Discovery series

You really, really, really need to change your screen name at this point.

Ugh...I've been Walter Breened by the Dark Lord.

I watch a lot of pop culture, mostly the same way you observe an accident on the highway. It is remarkable how systemically evil TV/Movie programming is and how right VD is in assessing entertainment.

What matters with STD is this: why are the gay, woke and gender-bending elements of STD almost completely subsumed by the story? In fact, if you recast the main character, the engineer and the medical officer as straight white guys, there would be no woke elements in STD at all.

Why was wokeness so subliminally written into STD that even someone reading this blog would have a difficult time detecting it? What's changed?

Entertainment is so woke that I find myself rooting for the antagonist. I've watched Avatar thinking it was a tragic tale of a military commander having to navigate between a bunch of p*ssy scientists and an operative that went native. So what does STD do? It creates antagonists I enjoy watching: the nationalist Klingons and the Terran Empire. Yes, that Terran Empire. They wove the mirror universe into the plot and I get to see how woke elements are dealt with by the Klingons and the Terrans.

But why do this? I guess the these is, ultimately, subversion and betrayal, which is what STD relies on to move the plot. Subversion and betrayal, however, are not unique plot lines to woke writing.

CBS then advertised the basis of the show for something that really isn't there.

The only thing I can think of is that the Left is far more aware of the alt-right then it lets on, like Hillary Clinton mentioning a cartoon frog when no one else understood what the hell she was talking about.

Blogger reverendken September 04, 2020 3:32 PM  

The horrible END of what was once worth watching

Blogger Jack Amok September 04, 2020 4:15 PM  

But why do this? I guess the these is, ultimately, subversion and betrayal, which is what STD relies on to move the plot. Subversion and betrayal, however, are not unique plot lines to woke writing.

Leftists don't care about plot. It's Who/Whom with them, never What. The important thing is that there's a woman, or a minority, or some alphabet soup character. What they do... eh, who cares?

Plot means someone has to do something. Leftists are more interested in being something.

Blogger The Last Roman September 04, 2020 6:34 PM  

I watched the first few episodes of Voyager when I was a young man. I noticed that every most scenes were focused/centered on a female character. Also, most males on the show deferred to female characters. That's when I stopped watching anything with the words Star Trek in the title.

Blogger Bezzle September 04, 2020 8:01 PM  

Klingons were the only thing that made Trek worth a damn. They were apex predators,* and if you had a problem with that, you either beat them in combat, fled before them, or they killed or enslaved you. Even though they did not factor into most episodes, their existence meant that Star Trek initially inhabited a universe which functioned in a certain way that overarching narratives had to abide by. Star Fleet was a military organization, its ships were spic and span, and your hair was regulation.

It started going downhill in TNG, with kids running around in corridors, as this Enterprise is a "research" vessel with a bulbous saucer-section and shriveled warp nacelles to jam home an emasculation theme in ship design. We're all eggheads now, and our Klingon security officer regularly gets his ass beat by girls. Please come push us around like the pansies we are.

(*It's ironic that Ford's book because an inspiration to actors cast in Klingon roles while the show writers were at the same time transforming the previously cunning species into stupid louts incongruously incapable of inventing their own technology.)

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59. Terrific
THE VERY FIRST EPISODE FEATURED UNISEX ALIENS! The Talosians. Then there were the Bynars, another unisex species.

Both of those alien species were plot antagonists in their respective episodes, hardly coming off as role-models. The moral of either story was "Keep a close eye on the weirdos, because they're probably up to no good!", i.e., racial-profiling is advised, that being directly counter to contemporary SJW sensitivity pleading.

Blogger map September 05, 2020 12:02 AM  

Jack Amok wrote:Leftists don't care about plot. It's Who/Whom with them, never What. The important thing is that there's a woman, or a minority, or some alphabet soup character. What they do... eh, who cares?

Plot means someone has to do something. Leftists are more interested in being something.

That's the thing. STD goes back to presenting a female or a minority as just being inserted into a role that would otherwise be played by a white man. This is what Star Trek was doing 30 years ago. STD is a regression away from the celebratory minority lording over the straight, white males. I don't understand why STD went the route of subsuming their woke characters.

Blogger Penseivat September 05, 2020 7:00 AM  

There Is the story of a question, "Why aren't there any Muslims in Star Trek?" at a convention and the answer, "Because it's set in the future." raised a lot of laughter.

Blogger Darren September 06, 2020 2:36 PM  

>>> 28 years too late, of course. TNG episode "The Outcast" premiered in 1992.

Even in 1992 the SJWs-are-never-satisfied arrogance was already in plain sight:
After the episode aired, the producers received many letters critical of the installment. Some of these were from social conservatives. However, *more objections came from the gay community, who believed that the episode was too oblique and didn't go far enough*.
Rick Berman recalled, "We thought we had made a very positive statement about sexual prejudice in a distinctively Star Trek way, but we still got letters from those who thought it was just our way of 'washing our hands' of the homosexual situation."

Blogger Darren September 06, 2020 2:37 PM  

RLM's Mr. Plinkett is oh so rewatchable.
Plinkett analyzing Trek, doubly so.

Blogger Darren September 06, 2020 2:43 PM  

"I think the most they've gotten is perhaps 50K views on one of the videos."

Wow @ those numbers, that's barely beatin' Biden.

Blogger Darren September 06, 2020 2:47 PM  

I'm sure Present Justin Bieber (now married and openly Christian) Justin Bieber even hates Past Justin Bieber.

I think a better timeless classic example of embarrassing Canuck export is, and always will be, Celine Her Heart Will Go Oooooooooooooooon Dion. All 70 insufferable pounds of her.

Blogger Darren September 06, 2020 2:50 PM  

"Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations" freely implies *every* combination :-(

Blogger Darren September 06, 2020 3:03 PM  

The only way to be 100% sure you are safe is absolutely zero contact. None.

Blogger Darren September 06, 2020 4:16 PM  

"So Bad Robot’s retarded little brother, Secret Hideout was given an ironclad production license which would last five years..."

Would not be surprising to later discover both names Bad "Robot" and "Secret" Hideout are pedo-code.

Blogger Darren September 06, 2020 5:33 PM  

Ticket taking is still available way after your product or work of art has passed its prime time. Especially tempting for those who had One Big Hit and could never measure out in the followung decades -- and miss the ego boost.

Even documentary series about classic 1980s ARCADE GAMES has to rewrite the past as being Woke despite there being no evidence of it, nor any need. Because ticket takers gotta bend the knee no matter what industry.

Blogger Darren September 06, 2020 5:40 PM  

Seth MacFarlane's Twitter you say? He just retweeted Sleepy Creepy, September 4th (date is helpful, since every tweet "posted by" Vanilla Biden stands on its own -- his interns never reply to anything, actually never really say anything)

Joe Biden @JoeBiden
"Every day Donald Trump proves how morally unfit he is to lead our nation."

Every day Woke Religion proves how lucky mpst of us were to live out our youth within the very creative and relatively free 1980s and 1990s.

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