Recommendation: ST:TNG “The Outcast”

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This is for the geeks, nerds, and Trekkies out there.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 Episode 17 “The Outcast” involves an androgynous race called the Genai. Conversations in this episode explore male/female gender roles, the pros and cons of genderless society, homosexuality, and the attitudes of various crew members.

I found it very interesting that such an awesome show could also explore awesome and confusing topics. A must see for Star Trek fans. Even if you don’t like Star Trek or space age shows, you should give this a watch. It made me pretty happy. :)

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Posted by on November 12th, 2009 at 08:00 am

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6 Responses to “Recommendation: ST:TNG “The Outcast””

  1. Lanthir

    Yay! That’s such a great episode! (^__^)


  2. Adam

    Amazing. I would recommend it to anyone interested in gender, not just sci-fi fans. Very well written and moving, i cried a bit even.


  3. Anna

    thanks for posting this. :o)

    something that bugs me though, is that soren is coded as female in society of the suspected society of the audience. I know you cannot express diversity in a single person, but wouldn’t it have been more interesting if that would have been different?

    also, why does a female have to desire a male? there seemed to be no discussion / variation around the topic.

    and since all persons on the planet seemed to be coded as female, Is this a scary story about what would happen if “lesbians” take over het society? like a hetero-matrix strengthening nighmare?

    still enjoyed it and will recommend it to others.
    what do people think about my questions?


  4. Taylor Trash

    I’ve seen this before. Also there’s an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise that has an alien race that has 3 genders: the third gender was necessary for procreation, but otherwise treated like a non-person.

    The tv show Alien Nation also had 3 genders, required for procreation, but had a better take on it than Enterprise did, with the third gender being treated with respect.

    I’m such a geek. :D


  5. AgentRusco

    I very much like the speech Soren gives at the beginning of the 5th part.

    I feel that, though interesting, this episode doesn’t deal with genderlessness as much as gender. Instead of exploring androgyny, they made it so that Soren was actually female. Thus it was similar to exploring transgender or even homosexuality.

    Interesting though, for sure.


  6. Crystal

    Love that eppie!!


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