Category: ds9

Easter Eggs from the latest Picard: a bar on Free Cloud is owned by and named for it’s name-dropped proprietor, “Mister Quark of Ferenginar”!

Free Cloud is also home to “Mr. Mot`s Hair Emporium” – Mr. Mot was the barber aboard the Enterprise D.

Worf mans his post on the Defiant during red alert.

garakworf nation now is our time

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Captain Benjamin Sisko, Emissary of the Prophets.

Chrysalis: Julian starts a relationship with his patient after helping her out of a cataleptic state.

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Galaxy’s Child: Geordi meets the real Leah Brahms after previously creating, and kissing, a holographic version of her in the episode Booby Trap.

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I see a lot of parallells in these episodes, specifically regarding how the writers approach agency and characterize the actions of the male characters.

Both Julian and Geordi are shown as people looking for love and/or companionship. We sympathize with their struggle and of course wish them happiness. We understand that Geordi feels a real connection with the real Leah Brahms. Finally he gets to meet the woman he worked with and cared for as a real person! Finally Julian meets someone he cares about!

With both Julian and Geordi, there’s a lot of projecting going on. They project their ideas and hopes and dreams of a relationship onto Sarina and Leah. For different reasons its painfully clear that this projection is inappropriate and that it actually invalidates the agency of the women. 

In Sarina’s case because she has so little agency to begin with. Institutionalized for years and then wooed by the doctor helping her recover – the power imbalance is staggering. In Leah’s case because Geordi can’t possibly imagine her as a person beyond his own fantasy. When she isn’t as eager for a personal relationship to develop with this person she’s just met, she’s framed as rude. Her very natural reaction to discovering the holo program is framed as an overreaction and she even apologizes.

It’s pretty clear from how these episodes are written that the male characters aren’t supposed to come off creepy or inappropriate. In fact, at Memory Alpha Faith Salie (Sarina) even commented that “The writers made clear Sarina didn’t have to respond to Julian’s affections if she didn’t want to” – but that isn’t what the episode tells me. The power imbalance, her gratitude towards him, what’s at stake for her – it’s too big to successfully give the impression she can just say no. 

Julian stops because Sarina get’s overwhelmed and almost returns to her previous condition and Geordi stops because he finds out Leah is married. While Julian does some introspection at that point, Geordi really doesn’t. In both cases they should have had the foresight to understand how their actions were perceived and respect the boundaries of the other person yet, as I stated, their actions are not really framed as inappropriate. So there’s no affirming of boundaries, no promise to be mindful of stepping over the line, no character growth from realizing how projecting your romantic interest on someone else can violate that person’s trust and make them uncomfortable and/or make them feel unsafe.

I understand it’s made for narrative purposes, but Julian’s actions wouldn’t have been okay if Sarina hadn’t collapsed. And Leah being married shouldn’t be the one firm boundary for Geordi, instead of all the signals she sends that means no thank you.

In Galaxy’s Child Leah’s right to set her boundaries and ability to call out when violated is ultimately framed as irrational. Geordi’s behavior towards her is framed as him just being a nice guy. In Chrysalis, Sarina’s development is prioritized and some introspection occurs but Julian is ultimately also framed as being a nice guy with good intentions. The perspective is Julian’s and Geordi’s.

I think a lot of us realize that just because a person in the real world has good intentions, it doesn’t mean their actions can’t be harmful. Especially when it comes to men that do this kind of projecting in real life. 

worf is like i HATE garak he has NO honor 😠 while holding garak’s hand

they hated her because she told them the truth

y’all gonna make me become the ceo and spokesperson of garakworf huh

Quark really has no self respect or chill, he’s just openly lusting after anyone that treats him like dirt.