Angel One
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Angel One

Angel One – a lovely, peaceful planet. At least it was until four off-worlder men landed there and started thinking that men and women should be treated as equals. Not a popular idea on this matriarchal planet. Good thing the Enterprise is here to take the men away. Now if only they were willing to go. Can the men evade the death sentence suddenly imposed? Find out when we put Angel One in the Mission Log.

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  • Rebecca

    The line “women, by our very nature, want only what is best for their men.” is actually one of my favorites in this episode. I didn’t interpret it as a sexist commentary on the nature of women (that is, us little earth women) but as a parallel to how the patriarchy justifies its status quo. Many arguments are made about how patriarchy benefits women because men exist to protect their women and should therefore retain power. Similar to the philosophy of some early American slave owners who believed they had paternalistic responsibilities to their slaves. I found this to be really a fascinating line, commenting on our own culture’s sexism and how it is justified. Perhaps this is giving the writers too much credit though, as yes, the rest of it is fairly abhorrently sexist. It made me cringe that they were only able to imagine a matriarchy where the men were much smaller. And when “real-man” Ramsay shows up he becomes without question in charge, as opposed to an equal leader with Ariel. So many more things that you two touched on. Just ugggg.

    I will disagree with you both about the ending. I liked the way it ended up. Not that I agree with Beata’s philosophy about keeping men subservient, but had she decided to change her society that she has known and led for many years just because Riker came in and made one speech, it would have been contrived and problematic in other ways (all she needed was a real man). As you two pointed out with many of the TOS episodes, that happened a lot (Nazis, Gamesters, etc) and it always felt incredibly contrived. I’m glad Star Trek moved to a more nuanced understanding of how one rousing speech impacts a society.

  • Karen Montgomery “Mistress Beata” RIP 2015

  • Thanks to all the actors and actresses and behind the scenes people who make Star Trek happen for us fans. Over the years, we see these people over and over first on re-runs/repeats, then VHS, then DVD, then youtube or Netflix and we relive these episodes and adventures. We know some of their lines by heart and when we get curious, and go on IMDB or Wikipedia we find out that some have died. Everyday is a gift. Thanks for your part in giving us a fun show that we love and can enjoy over and over, most likely, till the day we die. See you on the other side….

  • TrixieB

    Pretty much when you ascribe universal motivations to the nature of women, it is hella sexism.

  • Low Mileage Pit Woofie

    Oh, what a sweet mess this was. It generated more questions than it answered, like: how can Starfleet personnel be bound by the Prime Directive and not private spacefarers? Does that mean some corporation can go to a primitive planet and enslave its inhabitants with impunity? How could the existence of a couple of alpha males on the planet really threaten the society of Angel one, when the native males seemed to like the way things were already? Where did the respiratory virus come from? Did the holodeck generate it? Did the holodeck generate LIFE?

    • Re: “It generated more questions than it answered, like: how can Starfleet
      personnel be bound by the Prime Directive and not private spacefarers?
      Does that mean some corporation can go to a primitive planet and enslave
      its inhabitants with impunity?”
      That would have been interesting and fruitful material for the ST franchise to explore: What are the rules and regulations — if any — for civilian explorers when contacting and interacting with the cultures of other planets…?
      I’ll be exploring that in the SF series I’m working on… ^_^