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](https://simplecast.com/).
||ExplicitStar Trek Discovery | S01 EP15: "Will You Take My Hand?"||Anita and Ebony bid a fond farewell to Star Trek Discovery on this final episode of the Recap FREQcast (well, until DISCO returns in 2019). Tune in and find out how often Anita was overcome with genuine human emotion by the cheesiest things; why Ebony c||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: The Unbearable Wrongness of Mycelium Science||As we bid adieu to the first season of Star Trek Discovery, the Recap FREQcast has something special for our dedicated (and long-suffering) audience: a bonus rant from game industry pro and Star Trek fan, Emily Taylor! Emily has an advanced academic bac||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStar Trek Discovery | S01 EP14: "The War Without, The War Within"||With only 1 more episode to go after tonight's emotion-filled warp back into the prime universe, Anita admits that questions about show logic are useless and she should just enjoy the ride. Ebony feels put out by Saru getting booted from the captain's c||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStar Trek Discovery | S01 EP13: "What's Past Is Prologue"||In this week's episode, Ebony reveals that a significant portion of her enjoyment of DISCO springs from the knowledge that Anita is somewhere suffering through all the gaping plot holes, ill-conceived mayhem, and occasionally terrible set design. Anita||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStar Trek Discovery | S01 EP12: "Vaulting Ambition"||This epsisode of the Star Trek Discovery Recap FREQcast, Anita discovers to her horror that her trusty co-host has been replaced by a 2 finga ring-sporting clone from the Mirror Universe. Mirror-Ebony proclaims her love for space minivans and futuristi||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStar Trek Discovery | S01 EP11: "The Wolf Inside"||In this episode, our intrepid hosts continue to coast on impulse power through the mirror universe with the crew of Discovery, trying and failing to muster any interest in what's happening after last week's uncharacteristic goodness! Ebony expresses her||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStar Trek Discovery | S01 EP10: "Despite Yourself"||No one is more surprised than Anita and Ebony when they tune in to the latest episode of Star Trek Discovery and realize to their utter astonishment that they are actually ok with what's occurring on screen. Anita reveals more tremendous gaps in her Sta||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStar Trek Discovery | S01 EP09: " Into the Forest I Go"||In our last new episode of the Discovery Recap FREQcast before the fall hiatus, Anita and Ebony tackle the thorny issues surrounding media representations of PTSD; explore some of the scientific questions they are wildly unqualified to address; and wres||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStar Trek Discovery | S01 EP08: " Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum"||In this week's episode, things get truly loopy as Anita poses an almost impossible version of "Would You Rather" for Ebony regarding the Discovery's crew; Ebony bemoans the lack of quality Saru; and the hosts apologize for making the exact kind of appea||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStar Trek Discovery | S01 EP07: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad"||Oh, of Course. A Time Crystal. Of Course. Sure. Just when Anita and Ebony thought it was safe to go back in the water, Star Trek Discovery offers up a truly bonkers time loop episode with few redeeming moments but plenty to unpack. Ebony finds herself i||10/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStar Trek Discovery | S01 EP06: "Lethe"||In our latest episode of the Star Trek Discovery Recap FREQcast, Ebony and Anita go back and forth on whether the show is “interesting” (only occasionally); whether anyone cares about getting their nutritional information from a replicator (they do||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStar Trek Discovery | S01 EP05: "Choose Your Pain"||In our latest episode of the Star Trek Discovery Recap FREQcast, Ebony is put in the baffling position of being more upbeat about the show's progress than Anita. We chat about our thoughts concerning the presentation of some key crew members, and Anita||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStar Trek Discovery | S01 EP04: "The Butcher's Knife..."||This week, Anita and Ebony are cautiously optimistic about the development of Star Trek Discovery’s depiction of the Klingons, as well as our introduction to Ripper and what its presence portends for Burnham’s growth as a more fully realized charact||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStar Trek Discovery | S01 EP03||On the second episode of our Star Trek Discovery FREQcast, Anita and Ebony are horrified by the show’s further entrenchment into warmongering fantasy, but are delighted with Lt. Burnham’s steely, unconventional problem solving. Ebony continues to be||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStar Trek Discovery | S01 EP 1 & 2||Listen in as Anita and Ebony talk about the first two episodes of the new series, “The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars" as they attempt to wrestle with Starfleet’s mission of exploration, the draw of a woman of color in command, an||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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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