By Diana Relke
The superstar Trek franchise represents essentially the most profitable emanations of renowned media in our tradition. The variety of books, either well known and scholarly, released near to megastar Trek is huge, with progressively more titles revealed each year. only a few, despite the fact that, have checked out celebrity Trek by way of the dialectics of humanism and the posthuman, the pervasiveness of complicated know-how, and the issues of gender identification. In Drones, Clones and Alpha Babes, writer Diana Relke sheds gentle on how the superstar Trek narratives impression and are encouraged by way of transferring cultural values within the usa, utilizing those as portals to the sociopolitical and sociocultural landscapes of the united states, pre- and post-9/11. From her Canadian viewpoint, Relke specializes in superstar Treks uniquely American model of liberal humanism, extends it right into a broader research of ideological good points, and avoids a very confident or unfavourable critique, selecting as a substitute to honour the contradictions inherent within the complexity of the topic.
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In Season Five, a year after “Best of Both Worlds,” the episode in which Picard is assimilated by the Borg and turned into a weapon against the Federation, an Away Team discovers an injured drone on a deserted moon. It has been left for dead following a Borg assimilation raid. The drone is an adolescent – and male. Dr. Crusher persuades Captain Picard to transport the Borg to the Enterprise for medical treatment. While waiting for the drone to regain consciousness following surgery, the senior oﬃcers meet to decide its fate.
I’ve read too much to believe otherwise. ” (Logan 23) While Mulgrew’s brand of postfeminism was hardly uncommon among Americans in the mid-1990s, Voyager might have beneﬁted had she possessed at least a basic gender analysis. Mercifully for the series and the female fans loyal to it (despite its problems), she did eventually acquire one. By the end of the series, she still had regrets about its bias in favour of the female characters, and about not having had a chance fully to explore the Captain’s “femininity” (by which she means “sexuality”), but she had developed some gender insight.
I had to give myself freely to the Borg – to you. ” In addition to illuminating the dominatrix aspect of the Borg Queen, these words recall John Stuart Mill’s nineteenth-century insight into patriarchy: Men do not want solely the obedience of women, they want their sentiments. All men, except the most brutish, desire to have, in the woman most nearly connected with them, not a forced slave but a willing one, not a slave merely, but a favourite. They have therefore put everything in practice to enslave their minds.