cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (stfu)
So, until this point, the most offensive Star Trek episode I remember was probably that time that displacing an entire planet of NDN colonists turned out to just be the B-plot device for illuminating Wesley Crusher's manpain and allowing him to walk off with the Traveller into the space/time continuum.

And actually that one is probably still worse, to be fair, because at least Chakotay is an NDN character and was allowed to be the main character of this ep.

But so anyway, what happens in Voyager 2x02 "Initiations" is that Chakotay's shuttle is attacked by a 13-year-old Kazon alien who wants to kill him for infringing on their territory. (The Kazon are a tribal culture who wear lumpy foreheads and are painted red, and whose hair is in fuzzy afros with things sticking out of them.) The kid, who is played by the guy who played Nog, fails to kill Chakotay, who saves his life, and then they both get captured by the kid's tribe. The kid, because he failed to kill his designated coming-of-age prey, can now not become a man in his tribe.

The Kazon chief comes down and has a shouting match with Chakotay, who is trying to say that Voyager doesn't want to be these guys' enemy, and utters lines like:
"Everything you are is a threat to us... the Kazon fought long and hard for their independence from uniforms like yours"
and
"Your uniforms... your laws... your technology... you are not welcome here."


Then Chakotay, THE SINGLE NDN CHARACTER IN THE SHOW (who is actually played by a Mexican American guy) and also a former ANTI-FEDERATION Maquis freedom fighter, is made to stand for the enlightened colonial culture in a split-screen nose-to-nose faceoff... with the angry anti-colonialist violent savage played by a white man in LITERALLY RED redface.

Chakotay thinks 4 small children approximating the ages of the kids from the Sound of Music have been called to the bridge to witness his execution, but it was actually to witness HIM killing the child who failed to kill him. He refuses and escapes, offering the kid the opportunity to flee with him rather than be executed, but the Kazon shoot down their shuttle and they land on the moon and have to stay overnight before being rescued by Voyager. (Chakotay offers the kid the opportunity to kill him in order to gain his adulthood but the kid decides to shoot the chieftain instead and everyone goes away happy except the dead chieftain.)

So anyway, I was thinking that the standoff between the redfaced 'savage' chief and the civilized Federation Chakotay was done deliberately - still gross, but it would have been making an attempt at commentary. However, then I looked the episode up on Wikipedia, and it seems that wasn't the case at all.

Executive producer Michael Piller was displeased with the depiction of the Kazon in Biller's first draft of the episode; where they were supposed to be analogous to street gangs in Los Angeles, they were instead "coming across as warmed-over Klingons." In addition to J[e]ri Taylor's already extensive notes on the draft, Piller suggested Biller get in touch with actual gang members or a police officer who could better clue the writer into street gang culture for the episode. Instead, Biller picked up a copy of Monsta, a book by convicted murderer and former gang member "Monsta" Cody. The book's insight into gang life and culture was a guiding light for Biller's second draft, which he worked up with Piller, endeavoring to set the Kazon apart "from Romulans, Cardassians, and Klingons."[8] wikipedia


(This is probably the source of the symbolic coming-of-age kill, the shifting territories, and the emphasis placed on signs and insignia at the beginning of the episode.)

And then

Michael Piller commented, "Here we were, on the first day of prep and Ken started rewriting that script based on my feelings that we had to get to the guts of what drove the Kazon and they had to be different from Romulans and Cardassians and Klingons." Piller concluded, "It was a choice of settling, or doing what I considered excellent work. The bottom line is we had a better show, because Ken did research."

[...]

This episode's story itself was a problematic one for director Winrich Kolbe. He explained, "Storywise it was not the most interesting show I've ever done. It was a push. My problem with the Chakotay character was that I wanted to forget the Indian aspect and make him the Maquis that he was supposed to be. I knew Chakotay would have to eventually cooperate on the ship, but I hoped he would do it unwillingly most of the time. I talked to the writers about it, why we weren't playing that conflict. They went with the Indian thing, which was kind of intriguing, but in my opinion, never paid off because it was done too subtly." memory alpha


(...Subtly?!)

I still find it hard to believe that the transposition of the NDN character - especially when the director explicitly underlines that they were "[going] with the Indian thing" - with the Kazon's anti-colonialist speech was accidental. But maybe emphasizing the word "uniforms" repeatedly was supposed to suggest encounters with police (which wouldn't make sense because the uniformed people the Kazon encounter aren't police with authority over them...)? But apparently the producers and writer regard their attempts to make the Kazon into street gangs as successful, and the episode simply an opportunity to develop Chakotay's background and give him some action scenes.

I... well. I don't cry easily, but I did lie limply on the sofa moaning "whyyyy is Hollywood" for a while.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (workout)
Having finished TNG and TOS (in that order, FRTDNEATJ) we've progressed to DS9 and reached season 3.


CIM: OH MY GOD! FINALLY A GARAK AND ODO EPISODE!
WAX: You know, it's so funny to watch these two [Rene Auberjonois and Andrew Robinson] in a scene together; it's like...
CIM: Tim [Roth] and Gary [Oldman], or...
WAX: Sir Patrick and Sir Ian, or...
CIM: Alan Rickman and Dame Maggie Smith.
WAX: There's just so much scenery chewing going on!
CIM: Yeah, it's like 'Wait, that's MY scenery!' Then like in Lady and the Tramp they meet in the middle of the last piece. All the scenery's gone.


...I've already seen a couple of Garak-Quark scenes and a Quark-Odo episode or two, so that experience isn't novel, but Wax wasn't watching with me then. And I have to say, the 'YOU BLEW UP YOUR SHOP!' scene in 3x20 is... even more devoid of scenery at the end than those other ones. They didn't leave a crumb.

In related news, I want a fanart of Garak, Quark, and Odo Powerpuff girls. I will attempt to draw one myself when I get around to it, but I don't have vector art skills, so I know it won't be truly satisfying.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (uniform)
Have watched all of TNG followed by season 3 of TOS and then started at the beginning of DS9 in short order. I'm accumulating quite a stash of hilarious images of Starfleet technology in among all the other screencaps that I reflexively take because people are pretty and later have to delete.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (you shall not pass)
So we're watching Star Trek: TNG, and there's an American Indians episode. We immediately said "OH NO it's going to be full of fail, isn't it?"

It didn't really get off to a promising start when the Federation Council decreed over the protests of a colony world of American Indians that the colony was to be moved and the planet ceded to the Cardassians as part of a new treaty. The Enterprise was sent, over Picard's (and also Admiral Ncheyev's) protests, to relocate the colonists in what he pointed out unhappily was a disturbing historical parallel. In the first encounter, there was a mixture of a bunch of different Indian tribes represented, all wearing weirdly generic outfits and plastic beads, and we assumed that the painful badness was going to be about the honkies and Captain Picard saving the poor childlike Indians and reasoning with them...

BUT NO.

Then it turned out that this episode about white people relocating unwilling Indians isn't about the Indians at all.

In fact, it's about WESLEY CRUSHER'S MANPAIN.

The entire point of the Indians being present, we are explicitly informed by a Magical Indian possessed of psychic powers who approaches sulky!teenaged!Wesley at a banquet, is to HELP WESLEY. That's why the Enterprise REALLY came here! Luckily these Magical Indians are so mystical and can cure what ails sad white men of above average intelligence who have been gifted with every advantage in life up until they pissed it all away by participating in the coverup of an accidental death at Starfleet Academy, and are now butthurt because people for some reason censured them for that.

omg!

19 Nov 2009 03:54 pm
cimorene: (yo)
How did I not realize before now that Amok Time[1] = Tam Lin!

DISCUSS.



1. Wikipedia, K'Sal's A Logical Look at Amok Time: An Essay
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (mischief)
1.Somehow both Wax & I slept late today: I was sleepy enough that even though I reset my alarm 3 times, I never woke up enough to finish wondering when Wax was supposed to get up or put that together with when she leaves for work, so when I finally stumbled out of bed, an hour and a half after I intended to (but not late enough to be late), she jumped up with a shriek1 of "My alarm didn't go off! Shit, why didn't you tell me what time it was?"

So then she went to work, and now I've been at the computer almost an hour and a half without finishing even one cup of insta-caf-au-lait. The bus to my five hours of evening boredom leaves in about two hours, though, so my circumstances are not dire:

1. Except it was the morning, so her shriek was actually a slightly rough-voiced mumble♥

2.(so tempted to skip, so very tempted. Why do I need to know 3 hours' worth of information about adult psychology in order to be a daycare-or-primary school teacher's assistant? Also, I didn't actually learn anything new about child psych last week in the children's section: apparently my AP/International Bacchalaureate Psychology almost 10 years ago, the equivalent of uni psych 101, actually WAS that good, or maybe it's just that I retained more because I'm interested in psychology? And why didn't it include more about abnormal psychology, or the psychology of disability, when it comes to that? Considering the entire purpose of the teacher's assistant is to help children with disabilities, you'd expect more than a 30-minute brainstorming exercise from the class, without even any input from the lecturer, into what kinds of psychological issues could be caused by different types of disabilities).

3.In my-current-fandom-reading-habits news, I don't feel bored, for once, even though I don't have any new fandoms to haunt. I went through the insightful [personal profile] effex's Kirk/McCoy ST Reboot bookmarks and then started browsing other people's, and have been enjoying it quite a lot. Even though I came out of the movie having seen the K/Mc very clearly, I was held back from full enjoyment of Reboot fic for quite a while by my attachment to TOS characterization. There is enough difference in character voice (especially between Fratboy!Kirk and his predecessor, with fanon running with the hyper-modern speech patterns even past where they were onscreen), however, to make a full separation into essentially two separate fandoms practical and even desirable. That makes it possible to really, deeply enjoy new Kirk/McCoy without seeing echoes of the to me deeply horrifying de-platonicization of the TOS platonic nature of IDK K's BFF Mc. (Though, really, modern language taken into account, it should be C-Fine who is called IDK!Kirk, but his platonic BFF is Spock - he and McCoy traded roles! But not really, since Adventurer-Partners-with-UST and Hero-and-His-Adoring-(If-Sarcastic)-Sidekick are two quite different dynamics. And Bones wasn't usually a sidekick in quite the same manner in TOS: more a fount of hilarious dialogue and a proxy for the viewer's 20th-century consciousness.)

And, backing away from the Star Trek meta, in between I've been grazing on the Fraser/Kowalski Recent pages, Chris Pine/Zachary Quinto RPS, and even delicious's most popular Dumbledore/Grindelwald bookmarks (1. I bookmarked 2 of them which were really very good and 2. There's less of it than you would think and 3. Did you know people are calling it GRINDELDORE?).

JINX

27 Aug 2009 10:48 pm
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (k/s pondering)
[livejournal.com profile] hollsh: Liam calls marshmallows 'fuffalos'.
[personal profile] cimorene: Well, that's not as dumb as what Kirk, Spock and McCoy call them in Star Trek V!
holls [simultaneously]: Better than marshmelons!
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (yes)
FANDOM, I really want an icon of C-Fine being a little GQMF in a cardigan. Is that too much to ask? Yet for weeks I haven't been able to find one. :( Like these:



And here is a gif. It's not quite right because there's a blazer on top of the sweater, but on the other hand he's cuddling ZQ so that makes up for it.

cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (seekrit agent)
Today is the author reveal for [livejournal.com profile] remixredux09; this was my contribution.

Still Waters [the Hypothetically Speaking Extended Dub], a remix of [livejournal.com profile] medie's Still Waters.
Star Trek: XI. Post-movie. Kirk, Spock, Spock Prime; gen with canon pairings. ("Still Waters" is a Spock-was-always-a-woman AU, and is Kirk/Spock. This remix, being transposed back onto canon, contains only an echo of that pairing.)
Warning: (skip) Contains alcohol and adult situations as well as mention of recreational drug use. References genocide which occurred in the movie.
Summary: How Jim got command of the Enterprise.
Thanks to [personal profile] effex for beta.

"But I will say one thing for sure: you've inspired a hell of a lot of loyalty in the crew. Commander Spock has spoken with me personally, and he hasn't stopped there, either. I'd say that you've been lucky to win his confidence, but I know Commander Spock too well to attribute it to luck. With his connections," said Pike, and trailed off significantly, leading to something he clearly assumed Jim knew. Jim didn't know: he knew almost as little about Spock's connections as he did about tin roofing, and Pike couldn't possibly be talking about Lieutenant Uhura.


at my website; on lj at Remix Redux
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (actually you have to push this button)


I wanted to make another post today, for some reason, and I was contemplating making it a LOLcat, but then I decided it had to be this charming gif.

They totally had exactly the shoes I want (hi-top Converse in Sangria - the ones worn by the new Doctor Who's new companion in the on-set snapshots) at Wiklund - but I thought they weren't in my size, and only realized on coming home that they totally were. For some bizarre reason there were only like 3 pairs there. :|
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (:/)
26 icons of Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, and then a mixed bag of other women from TOS. 43 )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (WE CAN DO IT)
[personal profile] telesilla: So you want to be a Starfleet Communications Officer, but...
all you need is an in-depth understanding of tactics, hardware, software, intelligence work, and xeno-linguistics. Oh and the ability to prioritize.


There's been some debate going on with people who feel there was misogyny relating to the way Uhura was written in the movie, some of whom have said that she doesn't get to be awesome enough. (I haven't been following all this carefully; this is just a general paraphrase I've gotten from things I read on both sides!) Other people are responding with, in essence, "Are you crazy? Uhura's job requires mad qualifications and she's really good at it. She has to be a genius AND she kicks ass."

I think two issues are at work here - what I'll call the meta level and the spackle level. The meta is what was going on behind the scenes, the Moral of the Story, screentime apportionment, and creator (and studio) intent. On the meta level, in TOS we rarely saw her do anything much1 other than "answer the phone". Sigourney Weaver as Tawny made a scathing comment about this in Galaxy Quest, and her point is in no way detracted from by the fact that in order for the ship to actually function the character must have had a lot of knowledge and expertise that we DON'T see (spackle level): the fact remains that Nichelle Nichols didn't get to do a lot aside from answer the phone and be eye candy, and it's an amazing credit to her that she made Uhura likeable, kickass, witty, intelligent, and possessed of a very definite character. In the TOS movies this was already somewhat remedied: we see her hot-wiring communications somewhere (I don't remember where, exactly), culminating in her monumentally impressive ability to decode the whalesong transmissions in STIV using a burned-out stolen Klingon ship without an instruction manual.

The meta level is what the complaints are talking about: some people have a problem with her being made into a love interest (whether this is a valid complaint has been and will continue to be the subject of much debate), or her lack of participation in physical action scenes. Many people (I would hope everybody) have a problem with her uniform, which looks like the stripper version of the real Star Fleet uniform that we just have to assume, for the sake of our sanity, really exists somewhere.

[personal profile] telesilla's post addresses the spackle level. In order to spackle the universe - that is, create an internally coherent interpretation of it all that makes sense - it's necessary to assume that even in TOS where she mostly said "Captain! It's MCI! They say it's a limited time offer!"2, she had all the expertise that [personal profile] telesilla lays out. The new movie takes Uhura's expertise and runs with it. We know she's absolutely the best of the best, and considering the pool Star Fleet draws on that's pretty damn impressive.



1. Uhura did also fix the wiring of her own console: no one else ever repairs it (although Spock is allowed to help at least once), which shows that she's the expert not just in linguistics, but in all the specialized computers used for her job. She's also shown to be handy with phaser, dagger, and hand-to-hand combat (eg Mirror, Mirror) and pretty fearless under pressure (eg The Naked Time, The Squire of Gothos).

2. Futurama
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (k/s no fandom had gone before)
I have to say, back when the Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson parody-remake of Starsky & Hutch came out (which I love), I eyerolled and LOLed at the hints I saw, every now and then, of grumbling from the old fandom. I mean, it's not like it would even be possible to make it accurate, and it's not like it didn't deserve to be mocked - besides, it was clearly mocking with affection. Etc. Etc. Etc.

But that said, I am now seeing the irony when I look at things like this new Star Trek clip. I mean, it looks gorgeous. And it looks slashy. And adorable. But it also looks to be what I would consider completely and wildly out of character. ("They are very young," said Wax consolingly. "NO," I said flatly, "no, That Does Not Explain It!").

Of course, I've never even seen the original S&H, so I'm hardly likely to be pissed off about canonicity. And then there's also the teensy fact that I've hated everything JJ Abrams has ever done.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (jewish)
So I was dabbling in the Garak/Bashir section of Trekiverse, the old-school archive of ASCEM (the Star Trek erotica mailing list whose ancestor was actually on usenet. Star Trek is always old school)!

And I have read, in the past few days, at least five stories where Garak and Bashir celebrate Christmas.

Really, the shocking thing to me isn't that these stories exist, but that they exist unquestioned: the fact that until today, it never occured to me that it was strange.

Here is Dr. Bashir:



He is played by Siddig el Fadil, of whom here are some more pictures:

Siddig el Fadil Siddig el Fadil in Syriana

You probably see what I'm getting at here, but in case you don't, it's BASHIR AIN'T WHITE. It seems painfully obvious, but there you have it. In the other screencaps just above this text, we see him as Prince Feisal (of Lawrence of Arabia fame) and in Syriana. He was also in Kingdom of Heaven. You probably see a pattern here.

To digress from the actor to the character for a moment, the name is Bashir - it's not exactly "Smith" or "Robinson". Why, then, the assumption that he is Christian? That, in a Star Trek future which has given no canonical display of modern Earth Christianity, a brown character with a Middle Eastern name and a British accent played by a Muslim would try to introduce his alien lover to Christmas?

This reminds me of [livejournal.com profile] miriam_heddy's recent post about Jewishness on Numbers, The Lone Jew in Fandom.

Numbers is a show where the two main characters are brothers named Eppes, and where both characters and their father are played by Jewish men; but (presumably prior to the canonical exploration of Don's Jewish faith) it's also possessed of a fandom who are surprisingly hostile to the idea of the characters' Jewishness. Miriam even posted a quote by one of the creators, Nick Fallaci, espousing the tv producer equivalent of colour-blindness, with some bizarre digressions:

Yes, the Eppes look Jewish. And they probably are a Jewish family. But that's just not an element of the show. The show is about an FBI agent, his younger brother the math genius ... and their father. Making assumptions about people being Jewish based on their physical appearance can be risky. First of all, Judiaism is a religion, not a nationality or ethnicity. There are Jews all over the world of many different ethnicities and nationalities. Just because someone "looks" Jewish doesn't always mean they are Jewish. And the opposite is true as well.


Because Christian is the default, with secular [Christian] the overwhelming majority in his world, Nick Fallaci - like the fans who won't accept that a probable Jewish character is Jewish without "canon evidence" - are so attached to it that they appear threatened by the alternative. Fallaci, at least, in the longer quote you can see in Miriam's post, adopts a didactic and condescending tone that clearly communicates that his feathers are ruffled by the mere question.

To put it another way, the default secular Christianity of all people is so entrenched as the norm in these people's minds that they will actively fight back against the conclusion that a character portrayed by a Jew is a Jew. This is not even colour-blind casting, on second thought - it seems more extreme than that, as if it's gone through colour-blindness and popped out the other side, into Super-Bleach-O-World where Jews are Christian until proven Jewish and brown-skinned Asians are white until proven Asian (reminds me of Robin McKinley's bizarre conclusion that President Obama isn't black because she doesn't consider him black enough, so she calls him a "heavily-tanned half-Caucasian"). In the face of this kind of conviction, what could possibly constitute adequate proof?
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (k/s pondering)
My weekend was spent in two full days of babysitting; I lost the early part of today watching short clips of Deep Space Nine on YouTube (try watching something you haven't watched since the mid 90s sometime, for a real aesthetic shock. Who thought of designing costumes in a combination of black, electric teal and lavender? Siddig el Fadil could've walked off the set and into a Janet Jackson video as a backup dancer). Unfortunately, in my marvelling I forgot Wax's tattoo appointment and had to get ready to go so fast that I forgot my scarf and as a consequence walked there and home clutching my upturned collar closed at the throat. (Her tattoo looks great.) Anyway, there hasn't been time to think about much since my last shoe post, let alone post it.



The first is the "Jackie Lo" by Zoo York; the second is "Photo Finish" by BC Footwear.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (determined)
Here's a crazy thought I had today: original Star Trek was one of the best racially representative shows in science fiction tv. It certainly did better than TNG (the only black member one of 2 black regulars on the cast was a savage alien - extra points if you've reimagined aliens who originally allegorically represented the USSR as ultra-violent, hulking black guys with a tribal bent; the other's a blind sidekick, essentially, the way he's usually written as Data's bff, whose sole romantic encounter is with one of the vanishingly-few black women they meet! And Whoopi's Guinan is a magical, sexless, ALIEN negro who tells fortunes, provides motherly advice as well as sassy straight-talking, and wears a robey-muumuu thing that I'm pretty sure is also offensive) and DS9 (one Indian, one black guy who is essentially the governor of a huge-ass COLONY and a diplomat, but is somehow militarily ranked below Picard and Kirk; a bunch of aliens, but none of them dark-skinned; of the two newly-introduced races we have Bajorans who are white, and Cardassians who are PAINTED GREY but always played by white people!)

I believe Voyager had a black Vulcan and a North American native (as well as maybe an Asian cast member? Am I remembering that right?). BSG has some racial diversity from what I've seen (I've not watched it myself), but the Stargate franchise has always been pretty abysmal (Teal'c: he's black, alien, AND a magical negro! And let's not start on Ronon and Teyla's treatment in canon).

So I mean, essentially, race has not made progress in mainstream tv sf since 1964.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (kinky!)
Slashiness vs Writing Quality Scatterplot #1
(Big version here)


Please click for the bigger version. This is based on data taken from two polls performed by [livejournal.com profile] thefourthvine, with the data in my tables taken out on 22 Feb 2009.

This plot follows the same format as my earlier graph here, which, of course, did not have any Science behind it, only me squinting at the screen and placing the dots by the seat of my pants. I've reversed the axes in this one, however, so that better-written canons are at the top of the graph and gayer ones to the right this time. I prefer placing slashiness and quality on the two axes so that there's one data point per show and one show per data point, which lets the interaction be more easily seen.

(ETA: The clearest example of skewing I see on the plot is Highlander. LOTR might be skewed, too, by people's childhood memories or something, I guess. But Highlander? Look at it! IT HAS THE SAME QUALITY SCORE AS SGA. I'm pretty sure that it's not just my personal... weirdness, or whatever, that wants to ROFL at that. SGA is bad, but it's not that bad.)


It should be noted that mean is only one measure of central tendency and, at these sample sizes - which is to say they're all rather small but they vary from fandom to fandom - it's important to look at the others as well. To that end, here is the table I used to generate the graph:


(big version here)


Median and mode (ie, the most popular rating) are just as interesting as mean in their own ways. Scanning down the standard deviation columns, a few of those numbers will jump out as extremely large, representing a much higher degree of disagreement on the rating in question: the slashiness of Supernatural (no surprise where the primary pairing is incest) and the quality of Merlin (I'm kind of at a loss for this one but there it is), for example.

It's well worth checking out the results in the two posts of [livejournal.com profile] thefourthvine's where I took the data because you can easily see the bell curves for some questions, and distinguish others where the distribution shows much higher or lower consensus. (The Science of Slashiness & Moar Science!)
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (seekrit agent)
Damn, the new NCIS was good. And not only good, either - I mean, it was partly good acting, and it was partly better writing than usual, because it was really sparkling, and Michael whassname is really good at - you know, impressions, and being a bit of a goof, and comic timing - so I'm sure they wrote the ep for him, just to let him shine, as it were. But anyway, my point is that it wasn't just better written than usual, it was more gay than usual. Like, okay. In graph form,



NCIS is usually about as gay as Highlander, which is to say, amusingly gay, but not necessarily anything that your typical non-gay, non-slash-goggles-wearer would even pick up on; the realm of repeated humourous subtext, but without the intense focus on interpersonal relations, in a bromance way, that you find in Star Trek and the other higher-up shows on the graph (there are plenty of other shows, too, obviously, I just picked big fandoms that spring immediately to mind as benchmarks). It spikes occasionally, especially in s6, with spoilers ), but those spikes have heretofore, due to characterisation and camerawork (ie no lovingly lingering shots of the eyefucking, more like you have to notice it happening is a comic aside when the plot is focussed elsewhere), been still mostly at sub-Star Trek levels. Last night's episode was firmly up above Star Trek gayness levels, although still under Due South (it's hard to get as gay as riding off into the sunset together) - more like The Sentinel (other shows at TS's level of gayness: Merlin, Starsky & Hutch from what I have observed).

I keep refreshing my delicious subscriptions looking for episode tags because I'm too lazy to try to write one myself, but you could totally put a really awesome Gibbs/Dinozzo FT fic either directly after the events of the ep, or shortly after like a few days or weeks. Even though my personal canon places that earlier this season.

ETA: If you haven't seen it, go participate in [livejournal.com profile] thefourthvine's Scientific Poll on the subject!http://thefourthvine.livejournal.com/98874.html#cutid1 & http://thefourthvine.livejournal.com/99145.html#cutid1

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