13. Angel One

Can we talk about…

nipples?  – I’d like to ask George R. R. Martin if this episode influenced him in writing the Song of Ice and Fire. Specifically, I’m thinking about the books in which there is the city state of Qarth, where it is fashionable for women to dress with one breast exposed. You see where I’m going here, right?

I’m sure there will be a lot of comparison between this episode and Code of Honor, so let me start by saying, do you remember when I mentioned free the nipple in my notes about CoH? Isn’t it fitting that we haven’t seen men walking around without much upper body clothing since then?

Since I brought the topic up, I should say that while I agree that if men have the legal right to walk around without a shirt on, women should as well, seeing a shirtless person (male or female) makes me uncomfortable, doubly so when a man shaves around his nipple to make it stand out as J. Frakes had done in some, but not all, scenes of this episode.

Last bit on this I swear. Why did we have to see Picard shirtless? Do you think there was a dispute? Was Patrick Stewart saying, if Jonathan gets to take his shirt off, I do too.

 things Data doesn’t know? -Data is constantly being used as the butt of jokes. The annoying kind. The haha look how smart he is but he doesn’t know this kind of jokes.

Three things I’m sure he knows more about than the rest of the away team on Angel One.

1. Aphrodisiacs: He must have an entire dictionary downloaded into his brain. Either that or at least one of the colonists from Omicron Theta knew what it was, and since all those memories are his, I’m sure he knows it.

I know what you’re thinking. Sometimes it’s hard for him to remember things the colonists knew, but smell and memory are closely linked and I suspect a blast of perfume might jog a memory.

2. Link between smells and sex: There is so much sciencey stuff about sex and smells, and I don’t even want to go into it. But I’m sure the information downloaded from Starfleet computers would be available to Data, and I’m sure a colonist from a science colony would know.

Don’t you just feel that these jokes undermine the characters and the stories, and with a little more effort they could come up with something better?

3. Perfume: oh yea, by the way perfume is number three. Because of reasons.

One cool thing

Geordi learns how to command. He almost made a serious mistake. He almost went to engineering to micromanage, but Worf advised him not to. 

The tech

1. Albeni meditation crystal – a light in some glass. Not nearly as cool as Riker makes it out to be. Mistress Beata was very diplomatic in accepting it. She must’ve been thinking you should see what my crystal ball can do… because it can vaporize things.

2. Execution Machine – the crystal ball remote controls an execution machine. Of course it’s a crystal ball, these are witches we’re talking about. Of course it’s also a yonic symbol because, witches. Anyway, what would’ve happened if they’d used it on Ramsey? Would only his lower body have disappeared?

3. Medical tricorder – Is this the first time we saw it? There was a shot that put such a spotlight on it I thought it might be the first time. Did you notice how slowly it opened? I think that slowness was symbolic of Dr. C’s response to the medical emergency. I think the captain should seriously think about the contagious disease protocols. But since no one gets colds anymore, it’s no surprise that they didn’t know how to react.

Riker’s Kirk Speech

Of course it takes a man to teach women moral behavior, so Riker goes Kirk and talks up a storm. But he kept using the word evolution when he meant revolution. I couldn’t help remembering Vizzini from Princess Bride.

Vizzini: “Inconceivable.”

Inigo Montoya: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Org Chart

Who is the second officer? I thought it was Data, but on the away team, he is taking the backseat to Yar.

Riker says he can leave it to the women, but what about the org chart?

 Prime Directive

There goes Riker learning from Picard in Justice and upholding the idea of the Prime Directive and not the letter of the law, but oh wait, it’s not the same case. Nope Riker’s going to violate both the letter and the spirit by kidnapping the people who don’t want to leave. Kidnapping people trying to promote social change by standing in defiance of injustice.

Here’s a fun fact about the Prime Directive, it doesn’t apply to cargo freighter crews.

Doesn’t non-interference only mean that they can’t impose their will on certain cultures? There is no reason for Picard to step down and let Counselor Troi make contact just because she is a woman and their culture favors women. That would be like only sending white diplomats to South Africa during apartheid. You should still abide by your own moral rules. Otherwise you lose integrity.

The same goes for Riker when he puts on the outfit. But here again it’s all just a game to him. A fulfillment of a sexual fantasy that he can get out of anytime he wants.

Ugh!

This episode makes me so angry even though there’s so much to talk about I’m just going to skip ahead.

Morals, messages, and meanings

  1. Gender inequality is bad
  2. Moral relativism is good
  3. If you see something, say something – again we’ve got Picard getting sick and not telling anyone until it’s really bad.
  4. Immigrants have rights too
  5. Wesley never has to apologize – I think Wesley intentionally threw that snowball at the captain because he never imagined it could leave the holodeck. And he’s studied all the manuals! yeah right.
  6. Stand against unjust laws – in a very Gandhi like manner Ramsey stands trial and accepts his punishment. Giving Mistress Beata to either enforce an unjust law or change it.
  7. Dissidence shouldn’t be repressed

Does it hold up?

NO!

It’s insane to me that a story written with the goal of examining gender inequality could become so incredibly sexist.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I throw this DVD out the window, and then I call my parents in the middle of the night to scream at them for the kind of TV they were watching when I was a kid.

Now, I know that I’m going to have to go out there and get that DVD eventually. I mean 11001001 is on it as well, but I’m not going to do that straight away. I’m going to let it stay out there and think about what it’s done.

We just had a typhoon. The yard is a mess. It won’t have a good time out there. I can guarantee you that.

 

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