Dumb Sharks: A collection
Captain Nyota Uhura // Science Officer and First Officer Carol Marcus // CMO Christine Chapel //Chief Engineer Janice Rand (x)
*Muffled sound of JJ Abrams screaming in the distance*
Honestly one of the most horrible things Abrams did that gets almost no attention is the reboot’s treatment of Christine Chapel. Christine Chapel, who was played by Majel Barrett, who was originally supposed to be playing the first officer of the series until NBC decreed that a woman can’t be second in command. So Majel got a new character, a nurse, only for that character to be marginalized further by the JJ Abrams reboot by having her written offscreen without ever appearing because she fucked Kirk and idk I guess it was awkward after that?
My hatred for JJ Abrams is deep and abiding.
I love this girl, she speaks what is in my heart
Chapel pined over Spock most of the time. This show was not the bastion of feminism Abrams haters want it to be. Seriously if you didn’t watch TOS and had only read posts by people who hate STReboot you would think TOS consistently passed the Bechdel test, but that only happened very rarely. That doesn’t mean Abrams didn’t squander a chance to make Chapel an empowered character, because he totally did, but his shittiness doesn’t excuse the TOS shittiness.
Oh, and I know that Uhura is a lieutenant and all that jazz but in the 60s she was a switchboard operator. Not to say she didn’t have awesome moments (Mirror Mirror was the best, she was taking no shit). Now she’s a xenolinguist who tried to negotiate with a group of pissed off Klingons on one of their moons bc she was the only one who could speak that language and she told Kirk to sit the fuck down.
But Carol Marcus was in her underwear so Abrams destroyed the franchise.
TOS is problematic! And so are its parallel (BUT DIFFERENT!!!!) universes! Reboot conflicts with TOS canon as much as the Mirror Mirror universe conflicts with it. That’s the point of parallel universes! They’re similar but different! So you folks can like your problematic shit and we can like ours. I happen to enjoy both.
Ahem, rant aside I love the AU in the original photo set.
"his shittiness doesn’t excuse the TOS shittiness."
You got that turned around. Your argument, and all those in the same vein, is basically: TOS shittiness excuses JJ Abrams’ shittiness.
Stop the false equivalence.
When people hate on reboot by drawing parallels to TOS, they’re not saying TOS was some magical show filled with feminism and rainbow unicorns. They’re saying that the reboot films are DEPLORABLE for being less progressive than a show made in the 19-fucking-60s, which had its flaws, yes — and nobody ever went around denying those flaws btw, celebration =/= denial — but it fucking TRIED, which is far more than the reboots ever did.
Is that really such a difficult concept for people to comprehend. When you’re being less progressive than FIFTY YEARS AGO, it’s a real fucking problem, and it’s NOT THE GODDAMN SAME.
JJ Abrams had near total control over the reboot. Gene Roddenberry had to constantly fight with NBC over TOS’ content. Abrams chose to put his female actors in skimpy outfits. Abrams chose to relegate his female characters to the sidelines. Reboot film writers actually said that women couldn’t be bothered to be interested in the film unless childbirth was involved. Star Trek. The show that spawned fandom as we know it now. Fandom that was created by women.
You can compare reboot to TOS and say all the ways in which reboot has failed women in comparison, BECAUSE WE’RE NOT IN THE 60s ANYMORE. You don’t get to turn around and compare TOS’ failings to reboot, BECAUSE WE LIVE IN 2013.
I know I’m repeating my point, but seriously. SERIOUSLY.
"Oh, and I know that Uhura is a lieutenant and all that jazz but in the 60s she was a switchboard operator."
This is so incredibly disrespectful, I don’t even know what to say.
Oh, I know.
How about the fact that there is very unlikely to be a girl out there who saw Carol Marcus in her underwear and thought, “Hey everybody! I, too, can aspire to be objectified when I grow up.”
But there was a little girl named Whoopi Goldberg who saw Uhura and went, ”I just saw a black woman on television and she ain’t no maid!”
Or Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space, who was directly inspired by Uhura.
"Images show us possibilities," she said. "A lot of times, fantasy is what gets us to reality."
Reboot apologists and defenders: stop.
I know it sucks when people constantly shit on the thing you like and basically imply — or outright state — that you’re morally inferior for enjoying it. But you’re really not helping by trying to defend that piece of morally repugnant crap.
Trek is legitimately people’s lives. It has literally saved people’s lives. It has inspired women and particularly women of color to pursue dreams and careers that had been — and still are — systemically and institutionally denied them.
Please try and tell me with a straight face that reboot has nearly that kind of a cultural impact. That for all your love and enjoyment of these two movies that you will even remember them 20, 30, 40 years from now. That your life has been irrevocably changed because of JJ Abrams’ reboot. That the very thought of them can move you to tears. That you feel like you can live your very life by their principles.
Otherwise, stop. Just fucking stop.
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