Episode 13

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11th Aug 2022

S1E13 Angel One: The One in Which Riker Overcomes Reverse Sexism

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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Redshirt Collective
A Star Trek: The Next Generation Watch-Along Podcast!
Join Nic and Mike as we boldly go...through every single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation! We post every other Thursday, covering one episode of TNG in each episode of the podcast, giving our takes as radical leftists and connecting themes in the show to our personal experiences.

Looking to create a welcoming space for all those in the fandom that are usually kept at the margins; we want our comrades from around the world to laugh and rage along with us as we analyze a show that functioned as dangerous heteronormative neocolonial propaganda, but also as a heartwarming attempt to find humanity, tenderness and curiosity within ourselves. Welcome aboard, comrade!
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