Episode 14

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1st Sep 2022

S1E14 11001001: The One in Which Riker Falls in Love with a Manic Pixie Dream Hologirl

Star Trek: The Next Generation analysis of season 1 episode 14 (11001001)

11001001 brings us a contradictory episode - on one side, an interesting premise of a nonbinary binary species from a planet where technology and organic beings have fully integrated; on the other side, a misogynistic, weird male fantasy.

We dig into the analysis, exploring holodeck created Minuet as TNG's version of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl (Nic mistakenly attributed the creation of this term to Garden State, it was actually Elizabethtown, you can read the origin of it here) and how this perpetuates rape culture and the patriarchy.

Reference: The Bataan Death March of Whimsy Case File #1: Elizabethtown https://www.avclub.com/the-bataan-death-march-of-whimsy-case-file-1-elizabet-1798210595

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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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