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Star Trek Discovery Recap FREQcast

By Feminist Frequency

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Excited about a new Star Trek series appearing on the horizon after 12 long years? So were wildly dissimilar Star Trek fans Anita Sarkeesian and Ebony Aster, until they actually sat down and watched the show. Listen to them crack wise every Monday about new episodes of Star Trek Discovery, the latest entry in the long-running franchise. The hosts dissect everything from Vulcan hair decrees to Tribble stunt casting, and try to come up with a compelling reason why the Klingons can’t stay the same from one series to the next. Week by week, Anita will try to sneak in an attempt to convince Ebony to reassess her ranking of Voyager as the 4th most interesting Star Trek property, while Ebony gets distracted by Discovery’s many shiny surfaces. Subscribe today! *Star Trek Discovery REcap FREQcast* is powered by [Simplecast](

Customer Reviews


Why do a podcast on a show you don't like?
So many good podcasts about Star Trek discovery out there who appreciate the show.

Ebony is great, Anita cancels everything else out

The lack of knowledge on her part and her inability to remember names doesn’t come off as charming or precocious, it’s annoying and brings down the level of the podcast to moronic levels. There are so many Easter eggs throughout Discovery that this podcast
Missed. And the lack of joy either of them had for it went into directions no one else would consider.

Preconceptions, misconceptions and obliviousness

I had just binged the 1st season of the TV show and was excited to get the FemFreq take on the show. But they went in with so many misunderstandings that they shut down any actual appreciation of the show.

Some examples of misconceptions:
- Tully had ONE line in which she said she had special needs. And then went immediately on to saying that those special needs had to do with her allergies and sleep apnea. But, as evidently a number of people did, they jumped to assuming that she was neuro-atypical. And then they condemned every decision that didn’t go along with their misreading of the show.
- they continually assumed that the audience is intended to side with Lorca’s militant aggression, rather than see the possibility that the writers were creating a character the audience was supposed to see as a foil to Burnham’s growth in her openness to foreign races.
- they repeatedly complain that the bridge crew doesn’t get “characters” when they’ve probably got more individual development than most of the deck crew in the first season of TOS

Also, both hosts straight up hurl a wave of insults at Anthony Rapp, and then offer a half-assed apology in which they deny making personal comments about the actor himself, saying they were just ridiculing the character. Which was untrue. Saying he’s the actor people get when they can’t get Alan Tudick and always feels disappointed that they got a second rate Tudick is a flat-out personal attack on a man who has been working as an actor longer than either of the hosts have at ANYTHING. Cheap and I expected better from FemFreq.

This podcast drips with so much disdain for both the show and the “three” listeners to the podcast, that I began developing a dislike of them in response.

I know that the assumption of innocence is a hallmark of white privilege. But, when looking at culture and created narratives, it may benefit the analyst to attempt to see what the creators were shooting for. And in that process, the assumption of benevolent artistic intentions will reveal far more than going in with the assumption that it’s propaganda.

Ultimately, after multiple episodes in which the hosts seemed to have missed crucial elements of the show just so they could laugh at each other’s inarticulate you stated complaints, I am reminded of how much easier it is to ridicule something than it is to create something.

I look forward to the second season of the TV show and feel regret for donations and support I’ve sent Anita’s way in the past.

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