Star Trek: Mansplaining

These are the voyages of the starship Manhood. Its continuing mission: to find extra space on mass transit seating. To enforce Privilege upon new life and new civilizations. To boldly tell Mary Sue what she already knows!

It’s the Final Frontier, to be sure. Ironically, Star Trek V bogged down on “Why does God need a starship?” whereas the new ST:D series simply gave her one and loosed her upon a hapless galaxy.

Viewer discretion advised: Star Trek: Discovery’s acronym is appropriate.

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Murdered a Guy Mid-Mansplaining in the Season 2 Premiere

By Meghan O’Keefe, 18 January 2019

Star Trek: Discovery‘s Season 2 Premiere had a lot of balls. I’m not talking about the audacity of re-introducing the original captain of the starship Enterprise, Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), but the fact that this show straight up murdered a guy mid-mansplaining. I knew Star Trek: Discovery was the most progressive Star Trek show to date, but was this a hilarious step too far? (Eh, maybe not.)

I was this close to giving a female an approving nod. Her article’s title was excellent but then she agreed with it.

In case you missed last night’s Season 2 premiere — and don’t mind being spoiled —

Of course we missed it. Who wants an ST:D episode?

here’s how it all went down. When Captain Pike beams aboard the Discovery with an engineer and a science officer, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is shocked to discover Evan Connolly filling her brother Spock’s place as said science officer. We soon learn that Spock peaced out and took some time off for mysterious reasons, leaving Connolly to fill his spot.

From the get go, Connolly is a buzzkill. Sarcasm is one thing, but Connolly keeps going out of his way to neg Burnham. Part of the problem is that Pike compliments Burnham on finding a succinct simile to describe a weird phenomenon…

Evan the Science Officer: “Our computers keep resetting when we try to scan the astronomical phenomenon.”

Mary Sue: “Like a compass at the North Pole?”

Captain Pike: “You go, girl!”

That’s how I heard the scene described.

…but part of the problem is that Evan sucks. He does not have the Federation collaborative spirit. He doubts Burnham’s qualifications, to the point of even suggesting that she is lying about her success as a test pilot for the pods.

Previous Star Trek series used Jews Ferengis for this sort of thing. It’s all fun and games when a stand-in race is used so nobody takes it personally but here, they might as well have used an actual Trekkie instead of an actor.

Oh, yes, the pods… About halfway through the Star Trek Discovery Season 2 premiere, the Discovery follows a mysterious red signal to the other side of the galaxy. When they jump out of hyperspace, they are confronted with a dangerous debris field and an unresponsive medical ship called the Hiawatha. Worried that there could be Starfleet officers stuck on the medical ship, Pike leads an away team to scout the Hiawatha for survivors. To get there, he, Burnham, Connolly, and another Enterprise officer fly pods through the debris field.

That’s pods, not shuttlecraft, because the parent studio did not allow ST:D full access to the Star Trek canon. That is news to me, proof that ST:D should have been aborted at conception and an indicator that Star Trek’s vaunted Diversity & Inclusion has not been the sort of Diversity & Inclusion the Elites want to see. In hindsight, no wonder: Ben Sisko was a black man yet the DS9 writers NEVER brought up reparations or O’Brien’s White Privilege! What a missed opportunity for Convergence!

In fact, between Kirk and Picard, this white man thinks Sisko was the best captain. That’s how hard the DS9 creators didn’t try to hate me into oblivion.

It’s a dangerous journey that Connolly doesn’t seem to take seriously. At one point, Burnham tries to warn him that he’s in trouble, and Pike concurs. Connolly shrugs this off boasting that he’s made the proper calculations for getting through the debris. When Burnham warns him again, Connolly smugly begins to boast about how much smarter he is…when some of said debris smashes into his pod killing him.

An event neither tragic nor surprising. The character was over-the-top obnoxious, unpleasant and arrogant from his introduction. That means the audience had no interest in his survival and consequently, no interest in his flaming death. Leftoids cheer the subtle-as-a-Taco-Bell-fart insult towards mansplaining without realizing that there’s no art here, no storytelling. Not to mention that the average Trek fan perfectly fits the description of Evan the ‘Splainer.

Hey, let’s make a caricature of every Star Trek fanboy and show him getting mindlessly killed for being obsessed with technical details like science officers are supposed to be! That will make us popular and reprogram white male Trekkie brains to obey black wimminz!

I don’t know if that counts as mockery. They might actually believe it. They might actually want to see white men everywhere declaring, “Star Trek SUCKS!”.

 

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