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Video: Geez, we'd hoped they'd be over it by Stardate 45614!

by Jeremy Hooper

This clip from "Star Trek the Next Generation" involves a member of an androgynous race who believes that she is truly a female in love with the male Commander Riker. Watch and see if you can determine to what modern "debate" or "issue" we could possibly apply this thinly veiled plot line:

That modern issue, of course: Social security reform. Hello -- could they have been any more obvious?!? They're like totally hitting us over the head with that militant fiscal agenda!!

Hell, this is even more blatant than that caaffeine pills episode of "Saved By The Bell," which was so clearly a post-modern statement on the United States' dependency on foreign oil. Obviously.

Star Trek: TNG - "The Outcast" - 'I Am Tired of Lies' Scene [YouTube]

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Your thoughts

OMG, that was one of the most moving and my most favorite episode ever! That episode ending still leaves a lump in my throat. In a scene that follows, Cmdr. Riker, with the aid of Lt. Worf, goes on a covert mission to try to rescue her and provide her asylum, only to discover that he is too late -- she has already undergone 'psychotectic treatment' and has been androgenized. Gotta love Star Trek for tackling the social issues of the day in its own special way.

Posted by: George | Aug 1, 2007 12:33:26 AM

I think your about 15 years behind the times. I didn't think it was a very good episode, but it was the closest the show ever came to having a gay charecter, which isn't very close at all conisidering it ultimately depicted a heterosexual relationship.

DS9 did a couple episodes with mirror universe dykes, and one where someone was still in love with her former wife even though her memories were now in a womans body.

Star Trek is notorious for skirting the issue though. It has always been quite upsetting that they would feature just about every minority they could think of but not ours as a regular cast member. I blame it on Rick Berman, he either just didn't care or he was afraid. Gene Roddenberry said at one point that he would, and one recurring TNG character was planned to be a lesbian, but he died and then Rick Berman scuttled that plan.

Posted by: brandon h | Aug 1, 2007 3:15:33 AM

"I think your [sic] about 15 years behind the times."

I must have missed the part where we said the clip was current.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Aug 1, 2007 8:05:48 AM

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