maanantai 14. lokakuuta 2013

Is Dorte Toft a Trekkie?

+Dorte Toft  @dortetoft may or may not have become a star trek fan, when she found out that the show portrayed young women as scientists, computer experts, doctors and even physicists.

Some of the actors portraying scientists are beautiful young women, like Alice Eve, who plays Dr. Carol Marcus. Unfortunately for Dorte Toft, Star Trek is science fiction. Dorte Toft's  fantasy of young Danish women becoming like Dr. Carol Marcus may never happen, because Dorte can't differentiate between fantasy and reality.

A Trekkie or Trekker is a fan of the Star Trek franchise, or of specific television series or films within that franchise.

 A Newsweek cover article, also in December 1986, also cited many such stereotypes, depicting Star Trek fans as overweight and socially maladjusted "kooks" and "crazies". This is how many people describe Dorte Toft, as overweight and socially maladjusted "kook" and "crazy". Dorte Toft is also living in fantasy, thinking young women will listen to her strange advice to become trekkies, and live the life of a science officer on star trek.

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) James T. Kirk: Dr. Marcus, I'm glad you could be part of the family. Carol: It's nice to have a family. Carol: [slaps her father] I am ashamed to be your daughter! Admiral Alexander Marcus orders the Enterprise to kill Harrison specifically with 72 sealed prototype torpedoes, with Kirk as its Captain. In his haste to avenge Pike, Kirk accepts the torpedoes without question, but chief engineer Montgomery Scott resigns in protest when Kirk denies Scott's basic request to examine the weapons for safety reasons. Pavel Chekov is promoted in his stead and Dr. Carol Wallace, a science officer who claimed to have expertise in the new weapons, joins the crew. Spock, Dr. Leonard McCoy and Uhura eventually convince Kirk that it would be better to capture and try, rather than kill, Harrison. Carol Wallace reveals herself to be in fact Carol Marcus, the admiral's daughter, with the mysterious torpedoes having aroused her suspicion and she spirits aboard the Enterprise following them. Admiral Marcus teleports her to Vengeance, revealing his intention to remove all evidence of his duplicity by killing everyone aboard the Enterprise and provoke a war with the Klingons by framing Kirk. The Vengeance prepares to open fire, but Scott, having discovered and infiltrated the Vengeance during his investigation, temporarily disables the weapons. With the transporters down, Kirk asks help from Khan with his insider knowledge and together, space-jump to Vengeance in order to disable it from within. In the mean time, Spock contacts his older self from another timeline on New Vulcan, and realizes Khan cannot be trusted. Indeed, after capturing the bridge, Khan overpowers Kirk, Scott and Carol Marcus, kills Admiral Marcus and seizes the Vengeance for himself. In control of the firepower of the Vengeance, Khan demands from Spock the 72 crew in torpedoes on the Enterprise. Spock complies, but secretly removed Khan's frozen crew and armed the warheads. Afterwards, Khan mischievously transports Kirk, Scott and Carol Marcus back to the Enterprise and attacks, crippling the ship. However, the attack is disrupted when the delivered torpedoes incapacitate the Vengeance, and both damaged starships fall towards Earth. The warp-core's misalignment renders the Enterprise powerless, and Kirk sacrifices himself by entering the radioactive engine chamber to realign it, saving the ship. After Kirk and Spock confess their admiration for one another, Kirk succumbs to radiation poisoning. Grief-stricken but angry, Spock orders the Enterprise to locate Khan. Still blaming Starfleet for his crew's apparent death, Khan crashes the Vengeance into San Francisco to destroy Starfleet's headquarters, but survives. Spock transports down in pursuit. While experimenting on a tribble, McCoy discovers that Khan's blood has regenerative properties that may save Kirk. Spock captures Khan, and Kirk is revived. A year later, Kirk addresses a gathering memorializing the events, reciting his "where no one has gone before" speech. Khan is resealed in his cryogenic pod and stored with his crew, while Carol Marcus joins a recommissioned Enterprise as it departs on a five-year exploratory mission. Alice Eve as Lieutenant Dr. Carol Marcus,[12] a science officer who uses the pseudonym of "Carol Wallace" to board the Enterprise - Carol Marcus boasting about her scientific achievements, 2285 Doctor Carol Marcus was one of the leading molecular biologists in the Federation. She was once romantically linked to noted Starfleet officer James T. Kirk – a relationship from which she bore a son, David Marcus – but she opted to devote her life to her research and to mothering David. On the other hand, it’s hard to watch Star Trek without cringing a little at the lack of female characters. A friend sent me a link to an article last week about a controversy over a woman in the movie, although I refused to click on that link until today (I didn’t want any spoilers). I was actually surprised to see that the article dealt with Alice Eve’s (completely gratuitous) underwear scene in the movie because that scene didn’t bother me. Sex (and sexy stuff) has always been part of science fiction and I don’t mind that tradition continuing – so long as it goes both ways. I would have liked a gratuitous scene involving Kirk or Cumberbatch without a shirt on (more than just a glimpse) - and they had that scene but then cut it. Why?! Yeah, I watched the original series, I watched the 1982 movie, and read a little bit about what it was to be an advanced physicist ... at which point I realized there was no hope of really doing that, it's hard to pick that up in three months. Some naysayers are pointing out that playing up Eve's sexiness seems especially galling given how dramatically men outnumber women aboard the Starship Enterprise, with Lt. Uhura (Zoe Saldana) as the only female officer on board. Perhaps Lindelof and Abrams could consider adding some new female crew members in the next movie, in a bid to come closer to gender parity in the Final Frontier.

 In December 1986, Shatner hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live. In one skit, he played himself as a guest at a Star Trek convention, where the audience focuses on trivial information about the show and Shatner's personal life. The annoyed actor advises them to "get a life". "For crying out loud," Shatner continues, "it's just a TV show!"

He asks one Trekkie whether he has "ever kissed a girl". The embarrassed fans ask if, instead of the TV shows, they should focus on the Star Trek films instead. The angry Shatner leaves but because of his contract must return, and tells the Trekkies that they saw a "recreation of the evil Captain Kirk from episode 27, 'The Enemy Within.'"[33][24][34] Although many Star Trek fans found the sketch to be insulting[2]:77 it accurately portrayed Shatner's feelings about Trekkies, which the actor had previously discussed in interviews.[33] He had met overenthusiastic fans as early as April 1968, when a group attempted to rip Shatner's clothes off as the actor left 30 Rockefeller Plaza.[35] He was slower than others to begin attending conventions,[15] and stopped attending for more than a decade during the 1970s and 1980s.[31] In what Shatner described as one of "so many instances over the years" of fan excess, police captured a man with a gun at a German event before he could find the actor.[36]

The Saturday Night Live segment mentioned many such common stereotypes about Trekkies, including their willingness to buy any Star Trek-related merchandise, obsessive study of unimportant details of the show, and inability to have conventional social interactions with others or distinguish between fantasy and reality.

[33] As with all stereotypes, these views were not completely inaccurate; Brent Spiner found that some could not accept that the actor who played Data was human,[24] and Roddenberry stated I have to limit myself to one [convention] in the East and one in the West each year. I'm not a performer and frankly those conventions scare the hell out of me. It is scary to be surrounded by a thousand people asking questions as if the events in the series actually happened.[37] Patrick Stewart objected when an interviewer described Trekkies as "weird", however, calling it a "silly thing to say". Stewart added, "How many do you know personally? You couldn't be more wrong."[38] A Newsweek cover article, also in December 1986, also cited many such stereotypes, depicting Star Trek fans as overweight and socially maladjusted "kooks" and "crazies".[33] The sketch and articles are representative of many media depictions of Trekkies, with fascination with Star Trek a common metaphor for useless, "fetishistic" obsession with a topic;[32] fans thus often hide their devotion to avoid social stigma.[39] Such depictions have helped popularize a view of devoted fans, not just of Star Trek, as potential fanatics. Reinforced by the well-known acts of violence by John Hinckley, Jr. and Mark David Chapman, the sinister, obsessed "fan in the attic" has become a stock character in works such as the films The Fan (1981) and Misery (1990).[33]

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