Episode 7

Published on:

5th May 2022

S1E7 Justice: The One in Which Wesley Gets Murdered for Stepping on Flowers & Picard Meets God

Star Trek: The Next Generation analysis of season 1 episode 7 (Justice)

In an episode jam-packed with very UNsexy shenanigans and rudimentary philosophical ponderings, it's hard to even say what this one is about: capital punishment, free love, god, the prime directive, the trolley problem...

Nic and Mike explore the subtle undercurrent of patriarchal sexual violence in 'Justice;' exploring everything from the episode's faulty understandings of consent, to the inappropriateness of having to explore a sex planet during working hours, to the imperialist sex tourism vibes of the crew.

A few bright spots in the episode are, as always, Wesley's sweater (this time an understated, tasteful brown jumper) and Data's autistic conversation with Picard.

Nic also goes off about vaginas and costume design, almost killing Mike.

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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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