Episode 17

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5th Jan 2023

S1E17 Home Soil: The One in Which the Crew Gets Read for Filth by an LED Light

Star Trek: The Next Generation analysis of season 1 episode 17 (Home Soil)

Hey babes, happy 2023!!! We're are thrilled to kick-off the new year with one of our all-time favorite episodes of TNG - Home Soil - where the crew get told to fuck off by an indigenous lifeform.

Though this episode has the typical issues with a plot that has threads to nowhere (in a way that reeks of network/executive intervention), the acting is topnotch and has some of the best dialogue of the series - a highly quotable episode!

In our analysis, we explore what it means to terraform (or colonize) "uninhabited" lands, how this episode accurately reflects the way European colonizers viewed the rest of the world, and the powerful message of the ending where Starfleet is rejected and told to leave and not come back for a long time.

Our amazing intro and outro music was created by the supremely talented Trevor Andrew Hamer. If you'd like to work with Trevor or see more of his work, you can find him on: Instagram | YouTube

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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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