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Star Trek! birthday, women in movies

here's who I spent my birthday with:

we shipped josie off to her grandparents so we could have date night, but kept the travel-sized one who just squeaks and snorts and snores through life, in between nursing sessions.

first there was a quiet afternoon, then we went out for sushi which I can officially eat without guilt since I'm not pregnant! and I had a wonderful martini. then, the movies! we went to the big warren theater that has a cry room just in case olive was going to be upset, and brought hats to cover her ears in case it was too loud. she slept the whole time. ate twice. that was the highlight, we didn't even head to the cry room.

Star Trek was okay. everyone else seems to be loving it. It failed one of my big tests for halfway decent writing: can you have a female character who's not reduced to a daughter/girlfriend/sex kitten? the first Star Trek had uhura... smart, strong, snippy with kirk when he hits on her in a bar! this Star Trek has uhura: whiny girlfriend who makes everything about "us" and can't even put on her big girl face when speaking klingon. why do writers have to do that to women? especially when there's only one main character who's female? (they tried to introduce the science officer, but she was mainly defined as the admiral's daughter... everybody's just gotta be around for a man, huh?)

I mean, zoe on "firefly" had a boyfriend too but she was still a badass, she did her job without being all doe-eyed all time, she wasn't any more distracted by love than her husband was. so IT'S POSSIBLE. and it makes the whole cast of characters seem so much more three-dimensional. like you put some thought into it! when I see these big-budget movies with spectacular special effects, hot actors, and funny dialog, it ruins it for me when the female characters are the same tired boilerplate people, just there as accessories for the men, not even as thought-out as the props.

well anyway, here's to the rest of the franchise, to tasha yar and klingon sisters and doctor crusher. it's good for everybody to have a big Star Trek blockbuster at least once in a decade, I hate to see it screwed up with such obviously lazy writing but it happens.


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May. 21st, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
Zoe had a husband. Not to mention Kaylee, who was the best mechanic in the 'Verse!
May. 21st, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
Whatever Marc is standing in front of makes him look like he has awesome flowing purple hair.
May. 21st, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
carol is actually somebody important (i hate to say if you don't know and don't want to be spoiled) but honestly, by your standards, knowing who she is would probably send her further down the sink hole ...
May. 21st, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
this will sound awful and someone will take my geek card away, but I keep trying to watch wrath of khan, and failing! too many dialog-driven plot turns, long explainations of schemes, i feel bad because everyone says it's The BEST. It's one of those movies where I've seen most parts of it, but can't tell you what the hell happens.

Of course, my latest attempt was a week ago, in the middle of the night on two hours of sleep, maybe I just need to give it a better time.
May. 21st, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
don't worry, i HATED it. i saw it once as a kid and the ear bug thing freaked me the hell out and i won't go anywhere near it ever ever again. ever.
May. 22nd, 2013 09:31 am (UTC)
add me to the "absolutely hated it" side. the movie was ridiculous from beginning to end, full of tedious action sequences, botched special effects (seriously, how could transporter beam and warp drive effects look *worse* than they did in earlier shows?!) and heavyhanded references to the original movies. spock and khan were the only two things that redeemed it.

and yes, i was very disappointed by how badly they fucked up uhura in this one.

also, this should amuse you: http://io9.com/star-trek-into-darkness-the-spoiler-faq-508927844
May. 25th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
Just commenting to say HELLO! and awwww at baby cuteness. My best friend from schooldays just had her first, and it's killing me not to live nearer her, because I want baby snuggles!

Also I realized that I have no idea whether it's obvious from my LJ who I was in she-net days so you may or may not have any clue who I am, heh. I was Tanith back then. And am approximately 50% the same person now.
May. 25th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
I was definitely disappointed that Uhura's big moment totally flopped. Couldn't they show her excelling at what she does, instead of the whole thing being moot due to big guns? Le sigh.

But, I did love the spectacle of the movie, and the music is amazing.
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