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    S02.E07: Deflectors

    The Moclans and Krill are conservative Muslims and Evangelical Christians, pretty clear to me McFarlane is making a statement that as flawed as western secular society may be it's superior to certain other forms. All the 'gay' stuff and inter-species sex is what you'd expect secular, liberal society to look like in the future. I'm glad he also portrayed how to the Krill, the humans were no more than savage murderers after killing all but the children aboard their ship. I liked how Teleya told Ed that what he'd done is create children who would spend their lives hating humans. Pretty obvious parallel to what happens with US military operations in Muslim countries. Basically McFarlane is following almost directly the same sort of themes ect that Rodenberry did and he's doing a far superior job of it than the awful Star Trek Discovery is managing.
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    S02.E07: Deflectors

    I think that is McFarlane's entire point- that the Union shouldnt be so tolerant of cultures with abhorrent values like the Moclan's. That there are actual UNIVERSAL values that should be embraced and a culture promotes things like misogyny or homophobia or pedophilia then instead of making the "oh that's just their culture" excuse, people should stand against them. My guess is we're pretty clearly headed towards the Moclan's being the Klingons.
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    S02.E07: Deflectors

    Who says McFarlane is trying to change anyone's mind? The show seems to be saying that if you are a virulent homophobe whose also a misogynist- your worldview is trash. I dont see an attempt to change anyone's mind so much as move away from the liberal tendency to be too accepting of other cultures despite what they do. This seems to be McFarlane saying that indeed there are some universal values and if your culture is based upon hating others than your culture sucks.
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    The Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

    For me it's because NuWho is often times so overbearingly emo anyway that adding a romantic interest and the entire storyline that would go with the Doctor's romantic relationship would turn the show into the sci-fi version of chick lit and that's not a show I'd be interested in- tho tbh it wouldn't surprise me if it went there. For me anyway, Who is a SCI-FI first and foremost and I find it much more interesting when the Doctor and his/her companions are random interlopers to dire situations across space and time.
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    The Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

    I think it's just the difference in eras. Thru most of Classic Who, heroes were do'ers moreso than anything else, men who put aside their own feelings for the most part and got things done. That's basically the case whether you are watching The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Doctor Who, and most anything in-between. People in general didnt think it was proper to talk that much about yourself, whether at a party, at work, or whatever. Contrast that to where society is now with standard procedure being to IG every meal you are having and upload video of vacations, school, break-ups, funerals and everything else that's happening to you- it makes sense that NuWho is more about the Doctor himself than it was in the past.
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    The Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

    I fully understand that NuWho was aimed at broadening the appeal of the show and character, and I think that's terrific. However if the Doctor is going to have a significant other as a Companion that's it for me, really don't think I would bother watching. No I certainly don't expect the show to adhere to Classic Who guidelines but it's really just not The Doctor anymore if there is a girlfriend or boyfriend along for the ride. That said I thought River Song was done brilliantly with the fact they were headed opposite directions in time meaning the "wife" aspect wasnt fully realized. That's as close as I need to get to the Doctor being fully romantically involved with anyone. Just my $.02
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    Doctor Who in the Media

    That's funny to hear because I think you could definitely see that in her portrayal of the Doctor.
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    The Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

    I think it's mainly that having a woman Doctor wasnt going to sit very well with a large swath of the franchise's fans. In many ways it was actually Clara who was the most "PC" character (lordy, i hate that term as it's borderline nonsensical these days). Clara was the ultimate "Mary Sue" character and was generally condescending towards the older, white male Doctor while frequently being written as smarter and more competent than him...yet for all the justified complaints about that character I cant recall much "it's SJW crap" even tho one could argue the entire point of her character was to portray a young woman as superior to the Doctor.
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    S02.E01: Brother

    So I watched all of season1 and thought that it started our terrifically but then took a precipitous nose-dive and was pretty bad by the end. Still I wanted to give season2 a chance, especially seeing Pike and Spock were going to be characters. After watching Episode1 my fears were realized tho. Am I correct in saying at its core this show is about portraying Burnham as superior to every other person she encounters? I get the sense what I'll see if I keep going is a show trying to illustrate that she is smarter, better all-around, and with a better moral compass than Spock. And that not only will she save his life many times, she will mold him into the beloved character we all know. Along the way she will gain nothing from him and Pike will be an archaic blood and guts hero type who she corrects time and time again thus constantly saving everyone's life. Is that what the show is basically about? I'm not going to bother watching if so, just checking if there is something worthwhile I'm missing.
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    The Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

    I'm American as well, thanks for pointing that out- I will definitely watch it. Having just seen It Takes You Away something told me "Ok pass on Rosa Parks, the show isnt good enough for the material."...glad to hear I was wrong
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    The Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

    White men, like everyone else these days, are very sensitive. That's fine too, literally all people everywhere complain about everything in today's society, but I would like to hear specific examples from this season that are evidence of pushing an "SJW" agenda or "PC" stuff. That said I didnt even watch the Rosa Parks episode because just the thought of a new Doctor and new showrunner trying to tackle that subject from a BBC perspective seemed like a potential debacle to me and I'd imagine that one was chalk-full of "white men are evil" messaging.
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    The Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

    I dont think we'd be hearing so much about that if the Doctor wasnt a woman, past Doctors new and old addressed social issues- virtually all sci-fi does.
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    S00E156: Resolution (New Year's Day 2019)

    It's easy to be an armchair show-runner but I would have taken the opposite approach of what they did. I'd have had the Doctor be reminiscent of the Mary Tamm version of Romana- a full on Time Lord who is utterly confident and fairly intimidating with the twist being she'd have needed to tone down and get off the high horse the Doctor has been on since the show restarted. Have her learn a few lessons the hard way, appreciate that a random human may have had an insight she didnt, etc etc. For me, having the very first female Doctor being so scatterbrained and seemingly dependent on her Companions (in a sense, not fully) was the wrong starting point. Intended or not she seems like a much lesser version of all the previous Doctors (tho I suppose many feel JW is similar to Troughton's Doctor). It'd be real shame if the first woman in the role misses out on the fullness and reality of who the Doctor actually IS. Yes New Who often went heavy on the god-like stature of the Doctor but when you consider all the Doctor has done and seen that take actually made sense for the character- Moffat just went a bit too far with it. I'd have liked to see Whittaker's take on the Doctor have been needing to ramp down the God-like aspects rather than start from zero and try to work up to being the Doctor which is what season felt like to me.
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    S11.E09: It Takes You Away

    I think it's because the Doctor was brought down to almost companion level this season. One standard throughout all the decades of Who is that regular human companions are somehwta in awe of the Doctor and the Doctor loves them in the way an adult loves children. The Doctor sees in humans qualities that are unique and endearing while at the same time seeing humans as simpletons to an extent, or perhaps as just very, very naive. In this season tho, I feel that dynamic was barely there and had to be added in with incongruous lines here and there. The Doctor was so out of sorts for much of the series that she was more just one of the gang in the Tardis rather than the usual The Doctor. Hell, a friggin oven salesman figured out how to destroy the Dalek rather than her. That IS much different than most any other season of DW that I can recall.
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    S00E156: Resolution (New Year's Day 2019)

    Eventually whining about things being "PC" got tired enough that people started whining about "SJWs." Though it's not quite meaningless because it's really just couching sentiments such as "I dont like females in any lead roles" and "I don't enjoy watching anything that might show the world from a perspective other than white male over 50."
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