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Heresy of the Week – Starfleet’s whistleblowing policy is awful


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Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

“As well as having a promotions policy epitomising the worst of the nepotistic and arbitrary, Starfleet as depicted on screen has a disciplinary system which actively discourages whistleblowing and the promotion of best practice.”

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Heresy of the Week – Stafleet’s promotion system is an absurd mess


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Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

“One of the biggest bugbears in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films is the way promotions seem to work. ‘Ranks’ are tossed about with confetti, and apparently neither length or quality of service are considered when dolling out command.”

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Top 5 episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine


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Of all the four children of Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek series (yes, we do have to count Enterprise), Deep Space Nine is my favourite. Sorry, I’ll get my coat.

But really, whilst The Original Series and The Next Generation were off exploring strange new worlds, DS9 was exploring something much more interesting: human nature. Yes, all of Star Trek has done this — hell, it’s what all good science fiction should doDS9 did it in much greater depth.

I think that’s largely down to the setting. Being on a space station, they were stuck. Unlike the various ship-based series, the DS9 crew couldn’t float off at the end of each episode, to ruin someone else’s shit the next week. If they made a mess — which they often did — then they had to sit in it.

And that meant that the themes and the stories were bolder, braver. From the strains of religion running through the entire series, to the brutally devastating Dominion war storyline of the last two seasons — which bizarrely the studio only wanted to last six episodes.

So here’s the run down. My five favourite episodes of my favourite Star Trek series.

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