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“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
~C.S. Lewis


Friends by Seamonkey-Sama

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

~C.S. Lewis

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spaltor asked: Okay, so, Sulu wasn't even given an first name (canonically) until The Voyage Home. While Hiraku is a Japanese name, Sulu is not - there is no phoneme for "L" in the Japanese language. The name Sulu was taken from the Sulu Sea, which is in the Philippines. Roddenberry was very much about showing how the world had come together on TOS, thus choosing names that didn't necessarily "go together." Basically, my point is that I don't believe Sulu is intended to specifically be Japanese.


Good point! I didn’t think of that earlier. I mean, as a modern viewer, part of me wants to side-eye Roddenberry’s logic a bit, because of the tendency in the U.S. to conflate all East Asian cultures together, but at the same time, in 1967, thousands Japanese Americans, including George Takei, had recently experienced internment and accusations that they were not “true” Americans and were disloyal to their country, simply because of their ancestry. The fear and racism towards Japanese Americans bled over to affect other Asian American groups as well (er, not that racism wasn’t a problem already). So the idea that Sulu is a full-fledged citizen of the Federation who hails from the very heart of Starfleet in San Francisco and that neither his race nor his name impacts that citizenship or causes anyone to question his loyalty to the Federation is significant.

I remember this coming up when John Cho was cast, since he is Korean American, not Japanese American like Takei. Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Takei is very supportive of Cho as Sulu and cited the point you’ve brought up.  

All of this makes me think I’ll probably stick to my original decision for Sulu after all, just because Sulu’s background was made purposely ambiguous. However, aceofwands' point still stands: this exercise makes me very aware of how dominant English speakers are in Star Trek, despite its aim towards multiculturalism and some of the other very good things Trek does as far as representation goes. 


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Title: Overture Artist: Cliff Eidelman 47 plays


My favorite of all the Star Trek themes <3 I feel like I’m alone in loving The Undiscovered Country above all the films


As I get older (and, you know, more aware of the issues that surround things like this), the less I can stomach Spock’s mental assault on Valeris in Star Trek VI. Everything about the scene speaks to the complete ignorance of everyone involved when it comes to women’s issues and rights. What is, on the surface, a typical (if tasteless, as these things tend to be) torture-the-bad-guy-until-they-cough-up-some-information moment takes on some very sinister undertones with a little examination.

After deducing that Valeris is responsible for Gorkon’s death and confronting her in sickbay, the next step is fairly obvious: interrogation. However, instead of taking Valeris to the brig or even to a briefing room to find out what she knows, Kirk and Spock bring her to the bridge where, after she refuses to comply with their requests for information, Spock forces himself on her in front of everyone.

Star Trek has generally shown the mind meld to be a deeply personal action. Even when it occurs between two willing individuals, it’s shown to be a heavy, intimate undertaking. In fact, in Star Trek III, Sarek hesitates before joining his mind with Kirk’s for what amounted to a quick visit to make sure that his son hadn’t made a deposit in JTK’s memory bank.

Spock opting to perform the action in front of everyone may have given Nicholas Meyer a few dramatic seconds of footage, but a handful of uncomfortable glances doesn’t make up for how complicit it makes the entire cast look. Meyer worked hard to make the entire scene play out like a rape in front of the cameras, down to the fact that Valeris, her eyes filled with tears, cries out in a distinctly sexual way during the meld after Spock pushes her against her mental walls. I understand the logic of this approach. It is a complete violation of another person, after all, but the lack of any kind of follow-up just highlights how thoughtlessly the scene ended up being written and directed.

Outside of a quick glance at Valeris before going about his business, Spock shows absolutely no remorse for his actions. In the next scene, he’s seen meditating in his quarters but she only comes up in a single line in the entire conversation: Spock’s “I was prejudiced by her accomplishments as a Vulcan” as an excuse for not figuring out who was responsible in the first place. Instead, he and Jim Kirk talk about being old men and having old men problems with the future, which is nice, but a line or two about what occurred and how Spock felt would have made the hero’s extreme actions feel a little more understandable, if not exactly heroic.

Everyone complains about Alice Eve’s underwear moment in Star Trek Into Darkness and yes, that’s about as dumb as these things get, but having Carol Marcus tell Jim Kirk to not look at her in her skivvies seems downright quaint compared to watching one of the series protagonists assault a woman he’s known for decades with no repercussions or regrets.

Title: Sign Off Artist: Cliff Eidelman 61 plays


Plays at the end of The Undiscovered Country.

Captain’s log, U.S.S. Enterprise, stardate 9529.1. This is the final cruise of the Starship Enterprise under my command. This ship and her history will shortly become the care of another crew. To them and their posterity will we commit our future. They will continue the voyages we have begun and journey to all the undiscovered countries, boldly going where no man, where no one, …has gone before.

-Captain Sulu! As much to the crew of the Enterprise, I owe you my thanks.

-Nice to see you in action one more time, Captain Kirk. …Take care.

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