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This week, the Enterprise visits Capella, land of shiny rocks, where people stab each other for fun and call it a favour, and women literally belong to their male relatives. Sounds like a super-sweet potential trading partner, right?

Capella, a pre-warp civilization (Prime Directive? What Prime Directive?) whose aesthetic falls somewhere between “Vikings! Rarrr!” and what looks 1960s’ Hollywood’s idea of Mongolia, happens to mine some Very Important Minerals that are crucial to artificial life-support systems. Bones has visited Capella so far, on a sort of semester-abroad deal where he tried to convince the highly-Darwinist Capellans that medicine is a swell idea, and in a supreme waste of effort, does run them through the Capellans’ veritable minefield of murder-worthy taboos before they beam down… so naturally everything goes to hell within about fifteen seconds.

Surely “avoiding escalation” should be a first-year course at Starfleet Academy?? 

The other part of the episode involves a Capellan civil war precipitated by a Klingon interloper, and a flight through the hills with the very pregnant widow of the usurped Capellan Teer (portrayed by a very committed Julie Newmar), who must now, by the laws of her people, be put to death; something that well-meaning but clueless landing party obviously will not allow.

Somewhere in this episode, deep, deep down, there’s a really clumsy and uncomfortable conversation about cultural relativism and the how everything sucks for women everywhere, always, but most of it is lost in the progression of frankly insulting comments about how said lady – whose name is Eleen, pronounced Ell-ee-enn – has no idea what she’s talking about and doesn’t know what she wants in regards to subjects ranging from her survival to her culture to her pregnancy to her own bodily autonomy.

We’re here to rescue you! …by ignoring your every explicitly stated desire. WHY AREN’T YOU MORE GRATEFUL

I mean, it turns around a little – mainly due to Eleen’s intervention on her own behalf once she puts that pesky childbirth business in the rearview. There follow some exciting and hilarious explosions and a series of frankly very silly grappling fights to defeat the Wicked Klingon and end the civil war. Eleen reclaims her life and her child and establishes herself as his regent – essentially the leader of the entire planet, after fifty minutes of being owned, dismissed, threatened, and smacked around by just about every man in the episode, including her doctor, while he is in the process of delivering her child. (And this in a D.C. Fontana episode! We can only assume the intervention of dudes later on in the process.)

It is… jarring, to say the least. Oh, Star Trek. As ever, you give me whiplash.

There, isn’t everything better when you just do everything men tell you?

We can only hope that Eleen, Regent of Capella, teaches her son to know better.

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[From The Not So Much The Neutral Zone Podcast]

In many ways Star Trek is an actual fucking study in how you can have the best of intentions and get so much right and still get so much so, so, so WRONG.

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Santalales - Chandri - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]:

Chapters: 4/4Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)Rating: ExplicitWarnings: No Archive Warnings ApplyRelationships: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, Claudia Stilinski/Sheriff Stilinski, Papa Hale/Talia Hale, Allison Argent/Scott McCall, Lydia Martin/Jackson Whittemore, Vernon Boyd/Erica Reyes, Talia Hale & Claudia Stilinski, Scott McCall & Stiles Stilinski, Melissa McCall/Sheriff StilinskiCharacters: Stiles Stilinski, Derek Hale, Scott McCall, Allison Argent, Erica Reyes, Vernon Boyd, Isaac Lahey, Alan Deaton, Danny Mahealani, Sheriff Stilinski, Melissa McCall, Jackson Whittemore, Lydia Martin, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)Additional Tags: Family, Family Secrets, Folklore, Mythology - Freeform, Magic, Magical Stiles Stilinski, Past Underage Sex, past dubious consent, Past Character Death, Canonical Character Death, Past Torture, Past Violence, Parent Death, Mentions of Cancer, Magnificent Aunt Pearl, I ramble a lot about folklore and mythology and nobody can stop me, Slow Build, Derek Hale is actually the best at feelings because he believes in self-improvement, derek is an adult, it is actually STILES who is bad at feelings, Memory Loss, College Student Stiles, Stiles is so tired, he just needs 10000 naps, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Mental Health Issues, Derek Gets Therapy, Stiles needs therapy, everybody gets some helpSeries: Part 3 of KeystoneSummary:

He doesn’t stop feeling guilty.

He definitely doesn’t stop dreaming.

***

I DID THE THING.

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Santalales - Chandri - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]:

Chapters: ¾Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)Rating: ExplicitWarnings: No Archive Warnings ApplyRelationships: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, Claudia Stilinski/Sheriff Stilinski, Papa Hale/Talia Hale, Allison Argent/Scott McCall, Lydia Martin/Jackson Whittemore, Vernon Boyd/Erica Reyes, Talia Hale & Claudia Stilinski, Scott McCall & Stiles Stilinski, Melissa McCall/Sheriff StilinskiCharacters: Stiles Stilinski, Derek Hale, Scott McCall, Allison Argent, Erica Reyes, Vernon Boyd, Isaac Lahey, Alan Deaton, Danny Mahealani, Sheriff Stilinski, Melissa McCall, Jackson Whittemore, Lydia Martin, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)Additional Tags: Family, Family Secrets, Folklore, Mythology - Freeform, Magic, Magical Stiles Stilinski, Past Underage Sex, past dubious consent, Past Character Death, Canonical Character Death, Past Torture, Past Violence, Parent Death, Mentions of Cancer, Magnificent Aunt Pearl, I ramble a lot about folklore and mythology and nobody can stop me, Slow Build, Derek Hale is actually the best at feelings because he believes in self-improvement, derek is an adult, it is actually STILES who is bad at feelings, Memory Loss, College Student Stiles, Stiles is so tired, he just needs 10000 naps, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Mental Health Issues, Derek Gets Therapy, Stiles needs therapy, everybody gets some helpSeries: Part 3 of KeystoneSummary:

They caught it late, Stiles hears in his mind, Dad’s voice. They’re going to try. But you need to be prepared.

Chapter Notes: 

Fair warning that writing this one wrecked me. How to Train Your Dragon 2 levels of emotional compromise (SPEAKING OF THINGS THAT SHOULD COME WITH WARNINGS). Like, I am such an asshole. You have been warned.

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Santalales - Chandri - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]:

Chapters: 2/4Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)Rating: ExplicitWarnings: No Archive Warnings ApplyRelationships: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, Claudia Stilinski/Sheriff Stilinski, Papa Hale/Talia Hale, Allison Argent/Scott McCall, Lydia Martin/Jackson Whittemore, Vernon Boyd/Erica Reyes, Talia Hale & Claudia Stilinski, Scott McCall & Stiles Stilinski, Melissa McCall/Sheriff StilinskiCharacters: Stiles Stilinski, Derek Hale, Scott McCall, Allison Argent, Erica Reyes, Vernon Boyd, Isaac Lahey, Alan Deaton, Danny Mahealani, Sheriff Stilinski, Melissa McCall, Jackson Whittemore, Lydia Martin, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)Additional Tags: Family, Family Secrets, Folklore, Mythology - Freeform, Magic, Magical Stiles Stilinski, Past Underage Sex, past dubious consent, Past Character Death, Canonical Character Death, Past Torture, Past Violence, Parent Death, Mentions of Cancer, Magnificent Aunt Pearl, I ramble a lot about folklore and mythology and nobody can stop me, Slow Build, Derek Hale is actually the best at feelings because he believes in self-improvement, derek is an adult, it is actually STILES who is bad at feelings, Memory Loss, College Student Stiles, Stiles is so tired, he just needs 10000 naps, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Mental Health Issues, Derek Gets Therapy, Stiles needs therapy, everybody gets some helpSeries: Part 4 of KeystoneChapter Summary:

Pill bottles. Orange, innocuous. Or they would be in anybody else’s house. The sight of them makes Stiles’ stomach swoop, and he swallows, hard, before he lets himself look any closer, read the labels.

Not Dad’s.

***

So I am posting this one chapter at a time, just because I have to format it and I don’t have time to do all 40k+ right at this moment. But there are only four chapters, so it will all be up by the end of the week, I swear.

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nsmtnz:

So this is probably my favourite episode so far, mostly because it’s FULL OF SPACE DIPLOMACY.

It’s also the first appearance of several Grand Trek Traditions, like Complaining about Dress Uniforms, and contains this scene, where Spock shows Bones how to do the Vulcan salute:

I have no words. It’s too cute.

The Enterprise is ferrying a ship full of ambassadors to a summit on Codename Babel, where an important vote will take place: the admission of Dilithium-rich Coridan into the Federation. This is already a tense enough road trip – rife with sniping ambassadors and suspicions and accusations and ulterior motives – before the Enterprise swings by Vulcan to pick up their ambassador, Sarek, and his wife, Amanda… who happen to be Spock’s semi-estranged parents. That is: he’s kind of estranged from his dad but his mother mostly wants to know why he doesn’t visit more often. For Spock’s friends on the crew, this is literally the best thing that’s ever happened in space.

Is it Generic-Future-Winter-Holiday already?? I’ve been a VERY GOOD BOY.

The episode from this moment on is split more or less evenly into two parts: the Vulcan family drama surrounding Spock and his father working out some of their differences, and the murder mystery that ensues when the Tellarite ambassador (who Sarek stops just short of flat-out accusing of being involved in illegal mining on Coridan) turns up dead, and Sarek is the main suspect. No prizes for guessing which part we enjoyed more.

Of course, this is a D.C. Fontana episode, so we’re already predisposed to love it. Tons of Vulcan-general and Spock-specific backstory, heaps of family-of-choice moments when Spock’s friends step in to stop him from doing something stupid he’ll regret forever, and several genuinely funny moments between Amanda and Kirk, who can’t believe he’s met another human being capable of out-sassing him and is obviously loving it.

Kirk has found a new sass-mentor.

The heaping helping of Space Diplomacy, the window into the state of political affairs in the Federation, and a scene that seems to have been devised just to give Trek’s costume designers an excuse to showcase half a dozen new alien species, are just the cherry on top.

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[From The Not So Much The Neutral Zone Podcast]

All hail Amanda Grayson, Galactic sass-master. 

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Santalales - Chandri - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]:

Chapters: ¼Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)Rating: ExplicitWarnings: No Archive Warnings ApplyRelationships: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, Claudia Stilinski/Sheriff Stilinski, Papa Hale/Talia Hale, Allison Argent/Scott McCall, Lydia Martin/Jackson Whittemore, Vernon Boyd/Erica Reyes, Talia Hale & Claudia Stilinski, Scott McCall & Stiles Stilinski, Melissa McCall/Sheriff StilinskiCharacters: Stiles Stilinski, Derek Hale, Scott McCall, Allison Argent, Erica Reyes, Vernon Boyd, Isaac Lahey, Alan Deaton, Danny Mahealani, Sheriff Stilinski, Melissa McCall, Jackson Whittemore, Lydia Martin, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)Additional Tags: Family, Family Secrets, Folklore, Mythology - Freeform, Magic, Magical Stiles Stilinski, Past Underage Sex, past dubious consent, Past Character Death, Canonical Character Death, Past Torture, Past Violence, Parent Death, Mentions of Cancer, Magnificent Aunt Pearl, I ramble a lot about folklore and mythology and nobody can stop me, Slow Build, Derek Hale is actually the best at feelings because he believes in self-improvement, derek is an adult, it is actually STILES who is bad at feelings, Memory Loss, College Student Stiles, Stiles is so tired, he just needs 10000 naps, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Mental Health Issues, Derek Gets Therapy, Stiles needs therapy, everybody gets some helpSeries: Part 3 of KeystoneSummary:

So he was a kid, and his mom died, and it took a long time, and he watched it happen, and he was never the same after. It sounds so mundane compared to the rest of his life, but loss is different for everyone and so very, very personal, or so he remembers his therapist saying when he was twelve.

Stiles has never processed fear or pain in a healthy way, and falling in with a werewolf pack and all associated violence and secrecy hasn’t really helped matters. But after the spell was broken, setting things right and pouring a lifetime of stolen memories back into his head, some part of him still expected things to settle down. To work themselves out.

As it turns out? Not so much.

***

So I am posting this one chapter at a time, just because I have to format it and I don’t have time to do all 40k+ right at this moment. But there are only four chapters, so it will all be up by the end of the week, I swear.

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Okay.

Okay. Fuck it.

I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna post this goddamn Teen Wolf fic that I finished in November.

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nsmtnz:

Ah, Original Series: bastion of mystifying false dichotomies. Where you get Conspicuous Progressivism, you also get Astonishing Obliviousness Towards the Status Quo. For instance, this week’s episode contains both a scene where the Starfleet contingent of the cast are utterly nonplussed by the guest-star’s thinly-veiled-gay-panic-analog AND the message, shouted repeatedly through a narrative megaphone, that a woman’s life is meaningless without the love of a man.

That’s right, ladies: you’ve been wasting your lives.

I have galactically-crucial diplomatic work I could be doing, but sure, I guess I could get you a coffee.

We open on a shuttle containing far too many members of the senior staff and one guest-star in the person of a Federation diplomat; she’s had to leave her Incredibly Important Negotiations to be rushed back to the Enterprise to receive medical treatment. But on the way, the shuttle Galileo (yes, that Galileo) is set upon by a malicious Glow Cloud and forced to land on Yet Another Shitty Planet, where they discover a man who claims to be Zefram Cochrane, who, uh, has officially been dead for over 150 years.

Now, if you’re passingly familiar with Trek canon, you might know that Zefram Cochrane is the dude who invented warp drive on Earth, a discovery that led directly to Earth’s First Contact with Vulcan and eventually, the formation of the United Federation of Planets. Kind of a big deal. Though the last time anybody saw him, he looked less like the square-jawed, corn-fed farmboy we meet in the episode and more like this:

Unlike most updates, Cochrane v1.0 is far superior to v2.0.

We quickly discover that Old Zefram Cochrane, who disappeared and was presumed dead in space at age 87, crash-landed on Shitty Planet and was rescued by the Glow Cloud, who restored him to a hale and hearty 35, supposedly because it (“she,” according to some deeply uncomfortable side-dialogue about the universality of the gender binary as a negligent excuse to give the Universal Translator a feminine voice, no I’m not still mad about that for like sixteen different reasons, why do you ask) loves him. Given that he set out into space with the intention of dying there, you’d think he’d be more pissed about the save, but… no.

I don’t have a body. You’re not an omniscient energy being. But we can make it work!

Candidly: the romantic love we’re told exists between Cochrane and the being he calls the Companion is pretty ham-handed and awkward and Heavy 1960s We-Have-No-Other-Vocab-For-This-Heteronormative, and we had a real problem with a lot of it. We also have a real problem with the way that poor, hyper-competent Assistant Commissioner Elinor Donahue, the episode’s putative female guest star, has barely any lines and virtually no agency, being present in the episode only to fall ill, hover on the ticking-clock brink of death, and then be forced into a body-sharing symbiosis with the Companion, which dooms whatever remains of Elinor to living out her life on Shitty Planet with a dude who swears he loves her/them/it even though he was having a xenophobic freakout over the idea roughly fifteen minutes ago but apparently has no problem with it now that she’s in the body of a conventionally-attractive human woman (who btw had literally no say in the matter).

This happens a lot in original Trek: mostly you can see the good intentions, but also a glaring lack of the the… vocabulary? discourse? sensitivity? to pull it off. Metamorphosis is another episode that, with a few tweaks here and there, could have been a genuinely interesting and touching treatise on the universality of love, but as it stood, mostly it just pissed us off.

The good news is – let’s end on a high note – is that this is, indeed, is a question that is explored repeatedly within the Trek Universe: What is love? Are some kinds of love more valid or precious than others? Just how different can two sentient beings be, before their differences make meaningful love impossible? For the most part, later Trek comes down with a firm and consistent answer that drives home one of the fundamental messages of Star Trek: that it is our similarities, and not our differences, that matter most.

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[From The Not So Much The Neutral Zone Podcast]

I just. How do you screw up this badly.

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I wish that software documentation wasn’t by necessity so context-dependent, because if it weren’t I’d be able to fully convey HOW AMAZING I AM AT WRITING DOCUMENTATION, guys. I mean fuck false modesty. My documentation is EXCELLENT. Need to learn the ins and outs of a highly-customized learning management system? I CAN EXPLAIN THAT TO YOU. Want me to write a 32-page document that explains every common function of a popular media platform, information for which is readily available on Google, but of whose features we are only using about 50% and so we want to make sure users use OUR documentation instead of the vendor’s documentation and get confused because half the features seem to be missing? I’M YOUR GAL. Slicing, dicing, making screencaps like lightning, maintaining updates in three different places, maintaining continuity, updating links? THAT’S ME. I have written three entire documents this week for two different platforms for major updates taking place next week while I am on vacation and built ONE ENTIRE WEBSITE for an instructor seeking to post her entire course contents outside of the LMS so that students can access it after the course ends. I am on FIRE today.

also tired so so tired BUT SOON VACATION

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A Brief Hiatus

nsmtnz:

As 2/3 of us are moving house in two days, there will be a brief hiatus while we get ourselves and our worldly possessions (including our recording equipment) from one place to the other. 

But have no fear, for we’ll be back next week with discussion and review of the extraordinary crapshow that is Season 2, Episode 9: Metamorphosis.

In the meantime, please enjoy this pleasant and highly topical gif from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The voyage to our new home will probably be much less enjoyable than the conclusion of this movie, but live in hope, right?

Moving. Is. The. Worst.

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