Monday, November 29, 2010

What SG-1 Really Thinks

In the episode “Divide and Conquer” of the fourth season of Stargate SG-1, Tok’ra scientist Anise warns SG-1 about Zatarcs, people brainwashed by the Goa’uld. She’s also dressed like this:

While no one comments on the outrageous outfit, you can be sure they’re all thinking about it…

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Red vs. Blue 1x02 - Review


“Red Gets a Delivery” continues from where we left off. Grif and Simmons join Sarge as he introduces the M12-LRV, which he likes to call the Warthog. Grif, however, questions the name. He thinks the car looks more like a puma. Sarge doesn’t know what a puma is, though, and he accuses Grif of making it up. Sarge points out that the M12-LRV has tow hooks that look like tusks “and what kind o’ animal has tusks?”

Friday, November 19, 2010

Red vs. Blue 1x01 - Review

For a while now I’ve wanted to make collections of episode reviews for various series. Not exactly what I’ve been doing here with the opinion articles, but more of a summary and trivia kind of deal. I decided to start this off with Red vs. Blue, mainly because its episodes are short and the idea is less intimidating than, say, Heroes. This will give me some time to work the kinks out of the format and such. So, here goes:

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Star Trek Paradox

I love the new Star Trek reboot. It’s really fun. It does mess some things up time-travel-wise, though. Specifically, how does it fit in to Star Trek canon given the presence of the original Enterprise team in the past? While there is a lot of time travel, for simplicity’s sake I’m going to focus on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Gender Identity

While I’ve tried to keep mentions of my gender minimal on this blog for purposes of keeping things neutral, I have stated here and there that I’m a cisgender male. I have been wondering about that, though, questioning gender identity. I think at this point that it’s likely I’m transgender. I’ve really wanted to be a girl for a long time. I think that qualifies.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Affirmative Action Bake-Sale

So, I caught an episode of Stossel, a libertarian talk show on Fox News. I’m not a big fan of John Stossel, but sometimes he presents interesting ideas. In this episode he had a racist bake-sale to challenge Affirmative Action. He was selling (or pretending to sell) cupcakes at different prices for people of different races, higher-prices working as punishment for being successful in society. Asians were charged $1.50, whites $1.00, and Latinos/blacks $0.50. He was doing it as sort of a double protest, of Affirmative Action as well as of anti-hate-speech policies of some universities after some students trying to do the bake-sale idea were shut down themselves.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Edward is Abusive and Hot (Twilight)

(Crossposted from the Twilight community at Fanpop)

Okay, I’m a big Twilight fan. I’ve got all the books. I’ve got all the movies. I’ve been to Forks and La Push for Twilight tourism. I have two Twilight T-shirts, one with the Cullen family crest and one with a werewolf presumably supposed to be Jacob. I’m planning to redo my room in a Gothic vampire theme based on a Twilight room in a motel in Forks. On the other hand, I’ve gotten into the subject of feminism and feminist analysis, and I’ve been reading all these anti-Twilight articles at C.A.T. talking about how abusive Edward and Jacob are, and I’ve had a bit of a conflict between my appreciation for both subjects. At this point, I’ve arrived at a compromise between them. Twilight is at its heart a sexual fantasy with two pretty boys to objectify. The boys behave in a way that is hot to fantasize about (for some people’s tastes), but would be bad if done in real life. This is fine as long as it is kept at the level of an unrealistic fantasy, but it is a problem when Edward and/or Jacob are perceived as perfect boyfriends because they technically are abusive.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Surprise! She's Not Hysterical!

Something I’ve noticed on TV is a plot sometimes used where there’s a lesser-privileged (i.e. female or black) character acting irrational, and the audience is sympathetic to the more-privileged (i.e. male or white) character who points out all the flaws in the less-privileged character’s rationale, only to have the plot twist where the less-privileged character turns out to have actually been right! The revelation doesn’t lead to more respect for the less-privileged character, however, because they are still portrayed as irrational. It’s more like ‘hey, isn’t weird how they turned out to be correct despite being entirely silly?’. While possibly an attempt to be respectful toward less-privileged demographics, it ends up just reinforcing stereotypes about their purportedly irrational mindsets. The female version was on last night’s Dexter episode “Everything is Illumenated” as well as the Lost season 1 episode “Raised by Another”, and the black version was on the ‘Til Death episode “Raisinette in the Sun”.