imagine jim and bones high fiving each other now and then and spock assuming they’re in an S&M relationship because they keep spanking each other’s hands
mizufae answered to your post “i want to write fanfic but i’m feeling super uninspired help?”what fandom?
mcu, star trek, pacific rim, ??? something else???
Well anything in my #write for me peons tag is always up for grabs and I’ve left some PacRim stuff in there lately.
But let’s seeeeee
Mako goes shoe shopping post-movie and is suddenly inspired to buy shoes for EVERYBODY and gives them as presents!
Hermann used to be a MALE MODEL when he was 17-19 for extra cash during grad school, this comes out and teasing/drama/hilarity ensues!
Herc and Max RESCUE A BUNCH OF THE ABANDONED PUPPIES AND OTHER ANIMALS from the kaiju attacks and set up a refuge on a beach in Australia!
Steve has found Bucky… who is living a life of an amnesiac fry-cook in the middle of fucking nowhere, Midwest. To everyone’s consternation Steve decides to set up in town and become a regular at Bucky’s diner in the hopes he’ll remember. The other Avengers end up infiltrating the town, weirdness and silliness involving OCs ensues, and we find out that even the most run of the mill nowhere town has secrets worth keeping…
TONY DECIDES TO QUIT EVERYTHING AND DESIGN AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES
Bruce Banner: huuuuuge Batman nerd. Arguments happen. Things are said. Cowls are purchased. HULK PREFER WONDER WOMAN
Clint Barton needs a vacation so he puts Kate Bishop on replacement duty. She has… some things to say about how things are done around this place.
That Time The Enterprise Found The Sentient Cactus Planet
That Time The Enterprise Ended Up Full Of Literal Beans
That Time The Enterprise’s Bridge Crew Got Shrunk
That Time The Enterprise Made Friends With A Space Whale Baby (oh wait that was an actual episode)
(Mentioned this in the previous strip, but just for the hell of it here’s my little essay from this morning about Star Trek: The Next Generation missing a big character opportunity with Deanna Troi’s empathic powers.)
Can we talk for a minute about Deanna Troi and being an empath and dealing with ambient feelings of attraction and other emotions from crew-members? Because I feel like it’s something the show never really dug deep on, and I feel like the reason for that is mostly because the show in question was Star Trek and digging deep would have been uncomfortable in a way that Trek conventionally tries not to be, in it’s show-to-show status-quo approach to dealing with characterization.
Like: when a traumatic or upsetting or damaging thing happens to a character, that’s something to introduce in act I and resolve two minutes before credits. Or stretch it out across a two-parter or make a quick callback to in the following episodes, on special occasions. This is the nature of the episodic, writing-for-syndication format of TNG and TOS in particular. Status quo. Has it upsides and downsides from a storytelling perspective, but regardless of the merits it’s a practical fact of how the show tended to be structured in terms of character development. I know I’ve ranted a little bit about it before, as someone who tends to prefer a continuity-heavy story arc in my TV.
So what do you do with Deanna Troi? Here’s someone unique on the Enterprise (or at least presumably very nearly so; maybe there’s an empathic or telepathic ensign in engineering somewhere who just doesn’t rank for bridge diplomacy who we never get to see?), in that she has this capacity to sense what others are thinking. It’s a major duty for her, part of her job. But what do we see of it?
1. Quickie bridge-duty reports: Captain, I sense the Ventrusian is angry, but not lying.
2. Very Special Episodes. Which are fine as a way to explore some of Deanna’s powers and cultural background and whatnot but tend to involve extreme one-off situations prompted by abnormal conditions/anomalies/villains/Lwaxana/whatever. All tied up with a bow and packed away at episode end so we can get back to status quo.
What don’t we see?
3. Deanna seriously coping on a daily basis with the strangeness and isolation of being an empath out of water. Or Deanna seriously leveraging on a daily basis the subtle social advantages and exploitative possibilities of being an empath among normals.
And one answer to why is easy enough: this is Next Generation, where the default state of all our characters is generally of ethically-defensible happiness with their life and work unless otherwise necessary to an episode. People have bad days; they don’t have bad years. Major cast members sometimes do bad things; they are not bad people.
And so Deanna dealing with low-level stress from constantly being exposed to other people’s general mental bullshit seepage, or to other people’s specific judgemental/lustful/contemptuous/whateverful thoughts about her? Not on the table. Neither is the possibility of Deanna being a low-level creeper, the kind of person who while having their good sides is also unambiguously willing to do something not-so-cool like play off emotional vulnerabilities just because it’s personally convenient.
(And really, isn’t it sort of remarkable that on a ship full of people who can’t read minds, from cultures without mind-reading, who know she sort of can–or among the less-precisely-informed maybe think she really can–there’s no sense of constant unease from a lot of the crew in her presence? That’s a utopic degree of trust and acceptance. But that’s TNG.)
And so we’re stuck with the easily-parodied “I sense an obvious emotion” stuff and the occasional mind-meld or mental-rape episode and not a whole lot of episode-to-episode insight into Deanna’s strange-but-banal experience as a telepathic outlier. She’s just there, so often, and kept safe by her there-ness, and as a result we as viewer are robbed of anactual progressing, detailed portrait of the social/mental/emotional life of an alien working to assimilate into a culture she would have to be more or less constantly aware of her outlier status in.
It’s kind of a bummer, really.
I think one of the things that has let me be at ease about all the points you make above is that Troi is ship’s counselor and as such she probably has to have made numerous oaths of confidentiality. By buying into the utopian Starfleet mythos you get as bonus a peace of mind about the various powers of those in your midst. Yeah, she’s an empath, but she only uses her powers for good, right? Just like that adorable Klingon who could rip you limb from limb and feast on your blood but instead chooses to grumpily play cards with a nerd and their robot friend.
Of course there’s no canon (that I know of) that talks about Starfleet counselors taking oaths of patient confidentiality, and god knows the medical doctors sure don’t seem to stick to it unless it’s a plot point. I’m sure that this is talked about in one of the books I’ve never bothered to read.
I know that there’s one that talks about the Betazoids and how they have sometimes kept the extent of their psychic skills under wraps for gaining a surprise upper-hand. (I think, anyway? It might be the main one that’s about Riker and Troi’s fateful imzadi romance.) Much like Spock’s half human state is brought up to mitigate some of the more alien aspects of his personality, Troi’s half human state serves her in the same way, only she’s accepting of it. How much of that acceptance of her humanity has to do with her superior-to-Spock ability to use people’s perceptions to her advantage and comfort?
Fact is, almost none of that is in the show. But that we can comfortably spin it from the small moments we get is a nod towards the structural choices of the actual show. Because there’s always the return to status-quo, we’re allowed a bit more canon-compliant freedom in the motivations and backstories of the characters. It’s a trade off. I find that I like episodic shows more up until they reach a point of insanity if nothing ever changes. The long arc is a strong format for storytelling, but it’s perhaps a more precarious one for outside creativity.