Star Trek: The Next Generation analysis of season 1 episode 13 (Angel One)
Hoo boi, this episode was fucking BORING. Despite that, we managed to have a lot of fun recapping and analyzing this snoozefest.
We spend most of the analysis portion of the show talking about the irresponsibility and laziness of the "reverse oppression" trope - how it usually serves to excuse hierarchies and abuse of power, obfuscate how and why power structures were created in the first place, and typically reinforce the objectification and dehumanization of those who are actually oppressed.
We also discuss all the missed opportunities to let the female cast members have center stage - ironic that in an episode about matriarchy, all the women were completely sidelined🙄
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