I really enjoyed this article because they chose things that were unique to each character. It is a given that Janeway, Dax, Torres, Kira, and so on, teach us that as women we can excel in traditionally male roles, so I really appreciate the additional insight.
I love B’Elanna Torres’ lesson, ‘Men don’t have to “wear the pants” in a relationship.’ I always loved B’Elanna’s character and her relationship with Tom, but I had never really thought about how much she influenced me as a teenager. Now I realize (15 years later…) that she did teach me that you can be an awesome female engineer with a wonderful, caring husband without loosing who you are (or who he is) in the relationship. And that is it ok that I wear the pants…
"With the light of truth"
FiveThirtyEight was surprised to find, via computer analysis, that Romeo and Juliet speak less to each other than to other characters.
I’m blaming Romeo for this lack of communication. Juliet speaks 155 lines to him, and he speaks only 101 to her. His reticence toward Juliet is particularly inexcusable when you consider that Romeo spends more time talking than anyone else in the play. (He spends only one-sixth of his time in conversation with the supposed love of his life.)
The plays with the most connected lovers seem to be the ones with strong women: “The Taming of the Shrew’s” fiery Katharina, “Macbeth’s” homicidal Lady Macbeth, “The Merchant of Venice’s” brilliant Portia, and “Antony and Cleopatra’s” seductive and defiant Cleopatra. In general, Shakespeare’s female lovers lavish a larger share of their lines on their men than the men do on them. This is true not just of “Romeo and Juliet,” but of “Macbeth,” “The Taming of the Shrew” and all four couples in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The only real exceptions, tellingly, occur in the plays where the women pose as men: “Twelfth Night” and “The Merchant of Venice.” (Antony and Cleopatra spend roughly equal shares of lines on each other.)
These two scenes remind me of each other because they boldly illustrate how disparate TNG and DS9 were when it came to morality. In TNG, there was often a right answer, and the lines separating what was good and bad were often clear. While in DS9, the best thing to do was not always the “right” thing to do. DS9 gave you scenarios where you could not judge whether decisions were moral or immoral, leaving you conflicted because they did not fit in those boxes.
Also, I find these scenes are remarkable because they showed how the principles that Starfleet claimed it was built on went out the window when it itself was threatened.
The Ides of March Madness
A theatre group is organizing a Shakespeare bracket. NPR has an article about it here.
Shakespeare’s Deaths and Murders infographic, by Caitlin Griffin at Drown My Books.
This was sent to me this afternoon by my former English Lit. tutor. File under: classroom wall displays.
And they say TV is to damn violent…
Like James T. Kirk, Captain Jean-Luc Picard provides valuable insight for leaders in the present - and future.
I love this.
Can’t believe I never posted this before. A Star Trek music video for Kesha’s Tik Tok. This is amazing.