doctor_odd

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  • Gender Female
  • Location Canada
  • Marital Status Single
  • Favorite Trek Movie The Undiscovered Country
  • Favorite Trek Captain Benjamin Sisko
  • Favorite Trek Series Deep Space Nine
  • Interests Star Trek, Twin Peaks, Firefly, The X-Files, A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones, Babylon 5, and more that I am forgetting.

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  1. doctor_odd added a post in a topic Lots of New Information on Discovery   

    No worries!  Sorry if I was too preachy.  I had just woken up when I wrote that.
  2. doctor_odd added a post in a topic Lots of New Information on Discovery   

    PSA time!

    The Outcast didn't really explore homosexuality at all, nor would it have if she was presented as less female-passing.  Soren identified as a woman, and Riker (presumably) identified as a man.  So any semblance of a relationship was heterosexual, until of course she was "cured" of her gender identity.
    Describing her as she appeared as a "normal female of sorts".  I mean, isn't that a little insensitive?  What constitutes a "normal female" is entirely cultural, and any other definition seems as archaic as The Outcast.  I consider myself to be a "normal female" (well, as normal as a trekkie can be) and I am a trans woman.  I understand that there are definitions of "female" that do NOT include trans women, but any such definition is sorely lacking in the year 2016*.  A more sensitive/precise term for what people mean when they say "female" and are excluding trans women might be "cisgendered women" or "AFAB (assigned female at birth) women".

    *And might I remind those who would say that the popular definition of female is a scientific one, and therefore infallible: the beauty of science (and of language!) is that it changes and adapts to our present understanding of the word.  To hold up one scientific world view as "god's will" and/or "objective" is antithetical to the scientific process, and is really just another form of dogmatic fundamentalism.
  3. doctor_odd added a post in a topic What Do You Look Like?   

    Oh, yay!  A fellow Victorian!  Yeah, I've eaten in the ferry buffet too many times to count.  It's a way better deal than the cafeteria if you go for the "light" buffet.  Once you get a coffee/tea, a bowl of soup, a salad, and a slice of cheesecake at the cafeteria you've already spent more money than you would for the buffet, and you don't get to go back for more helpings!  I fill up on the ferry, it always helps to prep me for the long bus ride from Tsawassen to downtown Vancouver. 

    I love Vancouver; I go there whenever I can afford the time off to do some real shopping and take in the sights.  Vic is still a substantial city, but it isn't tall or futuristic like Van.  When I emerge from the Vancouver-City Centre skytrain station I always feel like I'm in Blade Runner.

    Those vests look heavy and warm.  I'd hate to have to wear those in the summer time!  I guess I'm a true northerner; even BC is too warm for me in the summer.
  4. doctor_odd added a post in a topic You don't know me, but I might know you...   

    Welcome aboard!  I hope you enjoy your stay!  This is a great place for Star Trek discussions, and discussions of all sorts. 
     
    I too loved The Thaw.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4SNl4sQYOg
    Harry Kim episodes are so rare!
  5. doctor_odd added a post in a topic What Do You Look Like?   

    Kinda nervous posting this here, but now that I've seen all of you I think it's only fair!
    I was trying to take a photo of the Georgia Strait from the BC Ferries, but my front-facing camera was on.  I liked how I looked for once so I snapped the photo!


  6. doctor_odd added a post in a topic Discovery's Time Period: a collection of canon research (spoilers)   

    Brian Fuller's tweet of the Captain's Chair gives me hope that the interior deisgn of the bridge will be an amazing balance between futuristic and retro.
  7. doctor_odd added a post in a topic Lots of New Information on Discovery   

    I absolutely agree that the romances we've seen so far for the most part have been shallow.  I think, though, that if we want to have realistic people, there need to be realistic romances.  That's just a part of the human experience!

    But that being said, yes, Star Trek should concentrate on more than just the romances.
  8. doctor_odd added a post in a topic Lots of New Information on Discovery   

    Cassidy Yates and Ben Sisko.  Crusher and Picard.  McCoy and Nancy Crater.  Paris and Torres.  Bashir and Dax.  Worf and Dax.  T'Pol and Trip.  Troi and Riker.  and MANY more.
    Oh, and Kes and Neelix.  *shudder*
    These are just a few of the straight relationships that have appeared in Prime Star Trek.  "Sexuality", therefore, has been a part of Star Trek for 50 years.  At least, heterosexuality.  Having an openly gay character is as simple as having an openly straight character.  Maybe some of them were bisexual, pansexual or whathaveyou, but it was never mentioned on screen, and so cannot be considered canon.
    If having an openly homosexual character is part of a "checklist", then please, tell me why that "checklist" is so bad.  Seems like a necessary "checklist" to me, if THIS is the level of discourse on Star Trek sites (seriously, fellow LGBT people, avoid the star trek subreddit for right now).

    Why, I ask, WHY, is announcing a gay character tantamount to that character being a "token gay character"?  Have you seriously done your research on Fuller and determined that, "yeah, he's gay so his gay character is going to be a stereotype"?

    The controversy shouldn't be this.  It's really really dark that it is.
  9. doctor_odd added a post in a topic Lots of New Information on Discovery   

    With any luck, DSC will be the first in a whole new generation of series!  :D
  10. doctor_odd added a post in a topic Lots of New Information on Discovery   

    I'm actually in favour of it for a number of reasons.
    The TOS era isn't as "fleshed out" as what comes before and after it.  We only had 3 years (excluding the animated series even though I love it) to get to know the era, the characters, and the federation in general.  This will be our first chance to see this part of history with a modern budget.  As amazingly well as the original series has held up over the last 50 years, it is still so dated that for many it isn't easy to be immersed.

    All due respect to TOS, of course, for it started it all, but imagine TOS with TNG, DS9, VOY, and ENT's attention to detail regarding continuity, technical concepts, and character development.  Sure, Kirk and Spock's friendship certainly developed over time, but it wasn't really until TMP and onward that they became relatable people (at least to my millennial mindset).

    Beyond TNG there was so much potential, and DS9 and VOY did a remarkable job in my opinion in fulfilling that potential, each show taking certain aspects of TNG and putting their own unique spin on them.  Beyond VOY, well... those damn grey uniforms are just so dark, compared to the vibrant TOS, TNG and early DS9 uniforms.  Then, what do we get after the grey ones?  Well, Endgame and The Visitor, while both technically took place in alternate futures, presented these ugly things:



    I apologize if you like them, but they're just so... I'm not sure how to put it.  I want to say ugly but I don't think that captures how I feel about them.  I guess you could say I just don't resonate with them.  Our other options too are grim, from the Babylon 5 special, to the lazy communicator/rank combo, to, well, whatever the hell Daniels wore:


    The truth is, the post-VOY and Nemesis Trek universe is actually pretty fleshed out.  Even if most of what we see can be explained away by time paradoxes and alternate realities, it seems that in every possible future we've seen, the Federation becomes massively overpowered, with ships that retain the same basic interface that has been present for hundreds of years.

    Early TNG failed in a lot of ways, but I don't consider it a failure.  It presented a bright future with a bold new look.  The ENT-D was not streamlined; it had no need of feigning aerodynamics.  It was secure in what it was.  The uniforms were form-fitting and loud, showcasing Roddenberry's ideal of a future where the human body was no longer seen as an object of shame.  Men wore skirts, because the concept of gendered clothing had obviously worn off, as it should.

    Then, the skirts disappeared (at least the men's), and the uniforms became duller.  This, to me, is the beginning of the downfall of Star Trek uniform design.  I know there were real-world reasons why this was a necessity (not least of all the physical health of the actors), but something was lost of the texture of Star Trek.  I like the idea of the DS9 jumpsuits, but the First Contact uniforms were so drab.  This worked with the theme of the film, but not with the themes of Star Trek.

    I'm fixating on the uniforms, but I feel the biggest reason why going "forward" isn't really the best idea is that, unless they somehow handicap the federation, and ignore Janeway's ridiculously advanced future technology, the stakes need to continually be raised.  We'd need new enemies that were even bigger and even badder than the Borg, the Xindi, and the Dominion!  Sequel escalation, really, and I don't find that sort of thing very compelling.

    Going back (or forward, from the NX-01's perspective), we have plenty of story to tell.  Janeway didn't often mention the ENT-D, so why should we expect Kirk to have mentioned the DSC?  Tangentially, I love the idea of a ship that isn't a "legend" in the way the Enterprise or Voyager was.  What is more fascinating to me than the crazy space anomalies and what have you, are the mundanities of everyday starfleet life.  So rare are our extended glimpses into the lower decks, that there is actually an episode called Lower Decks.
  11. doctor_odd added a post in a topic Bryan Fuller - News on the New Show   

    That captain's chair is beautiful.  Really, that is something special.
  12. doctor_odd added a post in a topic I'm at the 50th anniversary Star Trek convention in Las Vegas right now, and it's been a blast!   

    I just posted about Guinan in the "what do you want in DSC thread"!  It would totally work, no matter when the series is set cause she is like a zillion years old anyways.
  13. doctor_odd added a post in a topic What Do You Want To See?   

    Another thing I'd like to see: El-Aurians.  We could even get a Whoopie Goldberg guest spot!
  14. doctor_odd added a post in a topic I'm at the 50th anniversary Star Trek convention in Las Vegas right now, and it's been a blast!   

    Those photos look great!  So exciting, makes me wish I was there.  Trekkie heaven!

    Also, I would SO start a Ten Forward if I knew I wouldn't be sued, unfortunately I'd need to pay staff or it would never happen.  I'd make it the point of my life to get all the details right.  Free drinks for those in period-appropriate uniforms!
  15. doctor_odd added a post in a topic New Star Trek Series is going to be called Star Trek Discovery   

    I really like the wide-set nacelles.  I can't wait to get a feel for the ship's interior.  As Garak the Spy said, the characters are really what make the show, and I think that extends to the ship itself too.  The Ent-D wouldn't be the same without knowing our beloved characters were onboard, the same with Voyager and the Defiant.