Monthly Archives: May 2009

A Few Notes – And a Quick Update

In reviewing the first season of the reimagined Battlestar series, I am finding that there are themes and analysis that are better suited for their own posts than trying to contain them in the episode deconstructions – especially since the … Continue reading

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Movies That Hate You – Independence Day

On July 2, 1999, a radio signal detected by SETI begins a chain of events that will alter the course of human life on Earth. An alien fleet arrives and begins hovering over many of Earth’s major cities. Although most … Continue reading

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Analysis: The Tropes of Women of Color in Sci-Fi – Version 5 (The Tragic Mistake)

Description of the Trope: Unlike Version 4, where the woman of color plays an active role in the story and displays at least a modicum of actual agency, this version will either lack agency and/or an active or proactive role … Continue reading

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Analysis: The Tropes of Women of Color in Sci-Fi – Version 4 (The Tragic Warrior)

Definition of the Trope: Unlike many of the other Tropes in question, The Tragic Warrior is one that hurts the most and smashes the dreams of viewers of color like a ton of bricks. Often times, Tragic Warriors are smart, … Continue reading

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Analysis: The Tropes of Women of Color in Sci-Fi – Version 3 (The Incompetent)

Definition of the Trope: Unlike the Token, the Incompetent usually has a larger role in the picture, and – sometimes – they happen to have a starring role. Unfortunately, despite any stated experience or education (and this is also regardless … Continue reading

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Analysis: The Tropes of Women of Color in Sci-Fi – Version 2 (The Traitor)

Definition of the Trope: The traitor is the one who is either in league with the bad guys, ends up in league with the bad guys, or is discovered later to be in league with the bad guys. On shows … Continue reading

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Analysis: The Tropes of Women of Color in Sci-Fi – Version 1 (The Token)

Definition of the Trope: The Token is the one that is found on the ship or group of heroes – made to meet quota by simply showing up and looking somewhat cute. However, she will not have much of a … Continue reading

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