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  1. Disagreeing and bickering without giving up mutual respect and affection is a quality that easily gets lost on the internet these days... either it's troll vs. shitstorm, or peacy echo chamber. Tranya for everybody! On the Omega Sector!
  2. Okay, for our dear Sehlat, I posted my reply in KM, just to be on the safe side!
  3. Oh, and an addition: While I don't think this is suited for a scandal of any kind, I want to say I have greatest sympathy for any individual feelings that might be evoked by the episode. There is one tv show I could hardly stand watching a while back, although I found it really good -- because a main character kept evoking memories and associations in me about a friend I've lost (he didn't die, long story, not important). However, although absolutely not intended by the writers of that show, obviously, the show kept giving me a bad mood. To the point I couldn't enjoy it anymore. When a certain topic is "too close to home", so that even unintentional similarities bring up bad memories or associations, of course I sympathize. And I do see how this NuWho episode can do that.
  4. If anything, if these racist associations that apparently come up in a good number of people show anything, it's that we still have a long way to go ... However, I do NOT think this depiction in the episode contributed even a tiny bit to increasing racism or racist stereotypes that didn't exist before, and it definitely did not make this world a worse place -- if fiction can do that at all, Doctor Who on the contrary has even done an amazing job of improving it, in general. With respect to your moderator duties, I will not say more now.
  5. Well, I do think interpreting this as a racial matter is a huge overreaction. Not everything is about race, all the time. And now people actually want to accuse a show of racism, that has been a forerunner for minority matters in the past 12 years ...? (Seriously, NuWho is at least 5 years ahead of any American show of that caliber, when it comes to the inclusion of racial, gender or sexual orientation people.) Uhm no, I don't buy that. With all due respect, I think you American guys are totally obsessed with these racial matters here. If NuWho was a show that didn't pay attention to the inclusion of minorities, and even to deliberate progressive messages? Okay, I think you might have a point ... but NuWho has NEVER been anything but vocal about its progressive attitude. It's just this kind of hyper-politization that IMO poisons the climate in fiction so much, these days. And it also devalues any kind of criticism aimed at situations and problems where it actually is due. If people want to complain, why not invest the energy into complaining about real, actual cases of discrimination -- or the current government even, than bashing one of the most progressive shows on air for having made a creative decision that might possibly be interpreted as being not progressive enough (without even the slightest hint on the show itself this reading might possibly have been intended, mind you)? IMO. (All understanding for the feelings of children watching the show, for the debate if the violence is too graphic, or individual taste notwithstanding.) I don't want to KM this thread, but I think a truly colorblind person wouldn't even interpret it that way -- all he/she would see is a beloved character being brutalized, and either enjoying the drama, or be appaled by it. So I guess the case could be made that this obsessive focus on race even is a major reason for keeping racism alife -- because for every progressive outcry, you invite the backlashers to become vocal, too. Maybe this battle cannot be won? And is not worth being fought? Or if it is, at least the targets should be chosen wisely, rather than every minor trigger become reason to make it a scandal?
  6. I have no idea if you're oversensitive, I can't say because I am not in the same position -- but I perfectly understand how you feel when you think of showing this episode to your daughter. I do know that if one of my daughters was a little older, and I was watching Doctor Who with her (as I most likely will do, at some point! ), and she identified with a certain character very much for a special reason -- I would be heartbroken if that character ended the way Bill might end (let's see), and the violence inflicted on her. But generally speaking from my position, without my daughter in mind, I'd say it's proof of amazing writing: Because I was deeply moved too, because I've come to really like Bill by now, and her fate is shocking. It's amazing drama, in my eyes: There are few characters I came to like so quickly, after only 10 episodes, that their pain would move me (or build up suspense: Who knows what the continuation will bring?) so much. That's a plus, IMO: The show puts the stakes high, even for beloved characters. Just how much I've grown to like Bill, I realized when I rewatched a couple of season 9 episodes lately: All of a sudden, Clara felt somehow "wrong", something was missing. I still like Clara, but I feel her story is told, and it was great to find someone else to fill the gap. Bill did that perfectly. There are other companions I liked a lot less, such as Donna or Amy. Maybe it's just my insensitive whiteness speaking here, but it never crossed my mind that Bill's fate, no matter what it will look like next week, had anything to do with her skin color or sexual orientation. We had companions of different gender, sexual orientation and race before on NuWho, and they all had a different fate. As you said, some even died before. I'd even think that if a character was spared, even if it made dramatically a huge lot of sense not to spare him/her, just to avoid negative ways to read it (even if there is no indication on the show whatsoever that this reading is intended) -- that would be a double standard, too. And it would rob us of moving drama. But of course that wouldn't change anything about my daughter being told a story that's not at all a message you want her to be confronted with.
  7. You make me curious! I'll have to wait until Thursday before the episode is available here. In the meantime, I watched "Mad Men" episode 5.06.
  8. Hey congrats! It's an amazing experience... they grow so quickly! =) Enjoy that time, all the three of you!
  9. "Mad Men" episode 5.04. And "Sherlock" episodes 2.01 and 2.02. Rewatching that show to prepare for season 4 I haven't seen yet.
  10. Yes I agree, it was an outstanding episode! I'm not so good at analyzing why it was so incredibly effective, but it definitely was. The plot itself on paper may have resulted in a less gripping episode I guess -- in retrospect, some of it appears rather obvious. But the execution was so brilliant that this didn't even occur to me while watching. Just everything was right: The cuts in the beginning between Billie shot and her previous talk with the Doctor about becoming a companion; that "proletarian" character that turned out to be Simm's Master in the end, the silly humor in between ("mainly the tea!" ), the SF element of different time zones on the ship, Missy's weirdness, the creepy scenery of the hospital, the associations to mental ward horror movies when the Cybermen were built ... just everything blended perfectly together IMO, it was immensely thrilling, not a single second was boring. An amazing creative firework! Amazing episode!
  11. Watched "Mad Men" episode 5.03... ... and "Doctor Who" episode 10.11 "World Enough and Time". Whoooooo! Amazing episode!
  12. "The Twilight Zone" episode 4.17. "Homeland" episodes 1.03 and 1.04. "Mad Men" episode 5.02. And "The Leftovers" episode 2.06.
  13. Thank you for taking the time to reply. My answer is too much KM, and with respect for our dear Sehlat, I posted it in KM rather than here: Perhaps that's not warranted, but I have a huuuuuuuge lot of sympathy and love for hippies! And yes, I don't think intolerance towards intolerance is prejudice. I just wonder if sometimes, we are too quick diagnosing intolerance, because some people just express themselves or behave naively or insensitively, and insinuate these people worse intentions than they actually have, simply because they are culturally alien to us? (Like, say, Evangelicals, rural gun nuts and whatnot are culturally alien to us, deliberately using stereotype labels here ). Perhaps it's prejudice to assume intolerance even in people where there perhaps just is lack of awareness and sloppy insensitivity -- or, in harsher terms, lumping certain people together as "racists" i.e., just because they share certain traits with genuine opponents of equal rights for ethnic minorities? But I better don't continue here ... in case you are interested, there is the thread in KM.
  14. ^ This. Equality of males and females, and of people with various skin colors should be a given. If this alone already offends someone? Not worth paying attention to his "concerns".
  15. ^ Good points. I agree, diversity was always a key message of Star Trek, but I want to play devil's advocate for a moment: The show often avoided the really hot questions in these regards, by making the "diverse" people culturally very similar, most of the time. (It's easy to praise diversity, when basically all humans -- and many aliens--, regardless of skin color or gender, are basically rational liberal Westeners, culturally.) And just in case the point I was trying to make was lost: If "diversity" is supposed to mean more than empty words, it must not just include non-male, non-white, non-straight people... but also white males who struggle with adapting to diversity. (Yet this demographic is oftentimes not included when people say "diversity". It's even easily mocked -- it's easy to say "Ugly Americans", but is this prejudice really much better than others?) IMO, ENT did a good job including this demographic, with the characters of Archer and Trip especially. Diversity is not always a thing that's easy to embrace, especially when you're not used to it; being scared of the alien often is a normal reaction, and one that deserves some understanding. Yet ENT's characters didn't give in to their initial irritation, but did their best to "build bridges", as you say. So yes, Star Trek always did a great job showing "we're all just people", including people who struggle with "diversity". (And I'm writing all this also as a reminder to myself, because I know it's usually much more difficult for me to understand and accept people who struggle with "diversity", than taking different skin colors or sexual orientations for granted -- yet I feel my "prejudices towards prejudiced people" are not really better than their prejudices ... or are they? At any rate, many people take this "prejudice against prejudiced people" as a very visible arrogance, and also thanks to that, we have to deal with a terrifying American President now.)
  16. Watched the new "Twin Peaks", episode 3.07. Nice the focus is more on the town again. And Coops story finally takes some pace! And "The Leftovers" episode 2.05.
  17. Yeah... when I grew older, I realized ALL women are nuts ... just like ALL men.
  18. Yeah in some cases, Archer/Trip behaved indeed too petty and small-minded... but most of the time, I felt they were well-meaning, just a bit overwhelmed by the "alienness" they encountered. If the show had been written better and more complex, this could have been an interesting exploration of that theme... but the show was too busy playing it safe by not becoming too complex or demanding, so yeah. I don't want to turn this into a KM topic, but I feel we "latte sipping liberal elitists" could sometimes use a little more sympathy for "simpler" people, who aren't used to too much diversity, and are rather scared by it, which in many cases is a normal reaction -- yet have their hearts at the right place. Archer and Trip are deliberately portrayed as more rustic people, characters more rural Americans can easily identify with, but IMO they aren't outright racist, chauvinist or immoral; they are just more "natural", down to earth, insofar they don't have their heads filled with all kinds of enlightened abstract concepts that let their superegos guide their behavior. They rather believe in good manners their grandma taught them. When this attitude doesn't devolve into hate of the alien, but actually is guided by "grandma's good manners" despite all confusion, it's one I can respect a lot. Yes! I'm increasingly thrilled by what we learn about the show!
  19. Yeah... I remember when I first watched this episode when I was 8 or so, I never understood that weird behavior towards her. And while I felt Miranda Jones was a bit weird too, I instinctively got that much of her "unfriendliness" was an understandable reaction on the untypical weird behavior of the guys around her. I remember I decided it's one of the things I won't really understand until I'm older. Unlike Janice Lester ... in that case, I was totally oblivious to the misogynist undertones of the episode. As a kid, my obvious explanation was that just this particular woman happened to be nuts (just like some men we saw on TOS), which said absolutely nothing about women in general or gender roles, in my eyes back then. Oh... back to the topic: I like this twist on Vulcans on DSC. So far, we just had aliens who were more or less typical representatives of their respective races and cultures ... that someone can have one heritage, but a different kind of cultural background, adds more layers to the Star Trek universe. Great idea! Guess that means the updated ST universe will be a bit more complex than it used to be.
  20. I watched "Better Call Saul" episode 3.10, too. Pretty good as usual, but I don't buy it that Jimmy gives up his million just to make an old lady happy. That's way too moral and sentimental for that character, IMO. Apart from that? Great season finale!
  21. Did we discuss this episode before? I remember I found myself pretty much alone when I said I like "Masks"!
  22. "Fear the Walking Dead" episode 3.04. A rather boring episode, IMO.
  23. Yay! A release date, finally! Just on the day of the next federal election in Germany... but I guess it won't be available on Netflix here before early on the 25th, anyway.