Powers that Be, Spock’s hair is shiny!
Did they have the bridge set on a tilt machine or is that *all* acting?
lol they beam the thing aboard and Spock looks so impressed =P
"You are the Kirk" lolol
NOMAD if you hurt lieutenant Singh i will be very angry.
Oh, no, just run away from him.
Dude, scanning her brain to learn things is cool!
Scotty needs to learn impulse control.
GUHHH Why does Chapel call her ‘Uhura’ but Uhura calls her ‘Christine’? i hate thattttt, but bless Swahili-speaking!Uhura
This whole ep has potential for social history, with imperfection sterilization…
OK, so NOMAD is basically a Cyberman >.<
That was a *bold* move, Kirk, trying to smart talk your way around that machine.
Kirk and his son the murderous robot. i’m so done with you.
reichenswap au where joan returns three years after her and moriarty’s last battle and goes to see sherlock
and sherlock is a little startled but recovers right away and is like “oh hello watson i’d wondered when you’d be returning. from blah blah blah i’d deduced that you’d survived your encounter with moriarty and—”
and then about halfway through his voice breaks unexpectedly and he can’t seem to finish his explanation because he’s suddenly just overcome with the fact that watson is standing right there in front of him and she’s real and he can touch her if he just reaches out and—
and joan just smiles and hugs him and is like, “i thought you said you knew i was alive all this time.”
and sherlock just sounds kind of offended and mumbles, “that doesn’t mean i did not miss you,” into her shoulder
AW MAN I WAS HOPING SOMEONE WOULD ASK THIS OK HERE WE GO ESSAY TIME
(NOT UNDER A CUT BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE THIS IS IMPORTANT)
I have a lot of problems with the Bechdel test, as you’ve probably noticed. It’s not like I think it’s pointless, per se — it was created for a good reason — I just think that it doesn’t really do anything.
First off, what is it even measuring? TVTropes cites it as, “a sort of litmus test for female presence in fictional media”. But what does that mean? Just because there are women in something, doesn’t mean that something has great female representation.
For example: Twilight. Twilight is terrible for representation. Its main message is (regardless of what Smeyer intended it to be), “you should change your entire personality, lifestyle, and group of friends just so that a Boy will come along and make your life better.” It romanticizes an abusive relationship, encourages young girls to not go to college so that they can be with their first boyfriend, and is basically just Really Bad All Around.
But it passes the Bechdel test! There are at least ten named female characters (Bella, Jessica, Angela, Lauren, Renee, Alice, Jane, Esme, Rosalie, Victoria, and probably more that I don’t remember, because I only ever read the first two books with any degree of interest), many of whom interact separately with each other, and most of whom have at least one conversation about something other than boys! And yet, nobody can argue that Twilght is anything resembling a bastion of feminism or whatever.
On the other hand, let’s talk about a great example of female representation in (hugely popular!!!!!) media.
This is Chell. Chell is the protagonist of Valve’s smash hit puzzle games, Portal and Portal 2.
If you don’t know that, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past seven years.
Now, Chell is a fantastic character: she’s (1) a woman, who (2) isn’t sexualized, (3) doesn’t have a love interest (unless you count her and GLaDOS’s creepy blackrom rivalry, but even that is not a standard heterosexual pairing), and (4), perhaps most importantly, isn’t white (if we’re going by her face model Alesia Glidwell, she’s Brazilian and Japanese). All of these things are really important, because both Portal games did incredibly well: the first Portal sold over four million copies, excluding Steam, while the second one became the top-selling video game in the country within its first week.
And yet, Portal does not pass the Bechdel test. The first one technically doesn’t even have two named female characters — Chell’s name is only given by the developers, never stated in-game — but, even saying that “well, we know her name at all, so it counts”, they do not have a conversation. About anything. Because (5) Chell is disabled — she’s mute.
So Chell is a fantastic, fantastic protagonist, for so many reasons, and in the first Portal game, 100% of the on-screen characters are female (Doug doesn’t count, as he’s never seen, and in fact his gender isn’t stated at all until the second game). Yet it doesn’t pass the Bechdel test! Neither does the second one, because again, Chell is mute — even though there are still more female characters than male ones (GLaDOS, Chell, and Caroline, vs. Wheatley and Cave Johnson. Spheres and turrets don’t count.)
(1) Just because there are multiple-named-women-who-have-a-conversation-about-something-other-than-a-man, doesn’t mean that a work is particularly empowering for women, and in fact can be outright detracting (Twilight);
(2) Just because there aren’t multiple-named-women-who-have-a-conversation-about-something-other-than-a-man, doesn’t mean that a work is not extremely empowering for women (Portal);
and therefore (3) The Bechdel test is a flawed system that doesn’t actually serve to prove any valid point towards feminism or representation.
Ok yeah but slytherin muggleborns buying a shitload of those really cheap ballpoint pens beore every term and selling them to pureblood/halfblood students for like 10 sickles a pen and all these kids are just mystified by the fact that they dont have to constantly dip quills when they write essays
Nathan Fillion is not appreciated enough.
I had wings once. They were strong. They were stolen from me.
LADY PRESIDENT OF USA AND ALSO MANY LANGUAGES STILL BEING SPOKEN ON EARTH, MANY OF WHICH SAREK IS A COMPETENT SPEAKER.
DD, TAKE ME TO YOUR FUTURE.
WHO IS IN THE LINE OF SURAK NOW? HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS?????
KIRK EXPLAINING WHY THE ”’HALF-VULCAN”’ THING IS BOOOOOOOGUS, B L E S S YOU DD
Explanation of S’task and the origin of the Rihannsu/Romulans !!!!!!!!!!! Gimme DD’s Romulan books yesterday.