Star Trek reboot fails the Bechdel test and is generally a genderfail

The Trekkie Has the Phone Box has analyzed the way women are presented in the second of the Star Trek reboot movies; and compared it to Gene Rodenberry's original show, which went to great lengths to establish gender parity and racial diversity in its depicted future. The analysis goes into some convincing detail and makes me think that the reboot is a very retrograde move in the history of the Trek franchise and how it deals with women.

Star Trek 2 Bechdel Test

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  1. Yeah, 7 of 9 and T'pol were pointlessly exploitative. At least with Jeri Ryan, though, they obviously had no idea what a fantastic actress they'd brought on board. She and Robert Picardo carried that show in the last 3 seasons.

  2. "...makes me think that the reboot is a very retrograde move in the history of the Trek franchise and how it deals with women."

    Dude, you could say the same for the 21st century thus far.

  3. The point of the Bechdel test isn't that a movie which passes it has proved itself to be woman friendly in any way. It's more meant as a tool to let us recognize how many movies don't have female characters realized enough to do this simple thing. A movie could easily pass the test and be horribly sexist, or fail and be thoughtful and intelligent on gender issues.

    But the fact that when looked at in aggregate, two named women talking about something other than a man is a rarity should make us wonder.

  4. There's none of Roddenberry's idealism in the reboot. The movies are . . . movies. Big loud action and Hollywood-formula drama. I enjoyed both of them, but I can't help but thinking that these movies are a kind of placeholder, keeping the Trek franchise alive while the spirit of the show lies dormant.

    The ideals of equality, tolerance, optimism and maturity that Gene Roddenberry championed seem . . . not lost, but dormant too.

    Well, after the ugly reactionary snarling revealed on comment threads this last week . . . dormant and buried deep, deep underground.

  5. I liked Wil Wheaton's review of Star Trek Into Darkness, and honestly, if I hadn't re-read it just now, I would have forgotten that the first Enterprise crew member to face down the Klingons was Uhura. Don't worry, he calls Damon Lindelof to task over making Carol Marcus into eye candy.

    It's a shame that the real point of STID has been missed, which is that it's an allegory for what's happened in post-9/11 America, and when it comes to using the 23rd Century to talk about current taboo issues, you can't get much more Trek than that.

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