Reading the TNG Technical Manual for the first time and uh it has some shockers.

I was browsing around for a new mug, and it's surprising they went with this instead of "there's coffee in that Nebula."

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Also on the subject of the portrayal of Indigenous people in Star Trek generally, and Voyager specifically, this is a great listen.

womenatwarp.com/episode-54-ind

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Two things worth considering:

Robert Beltran, who played Chakotay on the show, has some pretty positive things to say about the episode.
memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/T

This is who was brought on to be the Native American consultant on the show.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamake_H

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What's frustrating is that this episode works better without that explicit connection. If Chakotay was simply applying the things he learned from his youth in order to make contact with aliens, that would be pretty cool. Instead we get Ancient Aliens.
As it stands, we give the episode 1/5 Janeways, and advise viewers to skip it. Watch it if you want some Chakotay content, but be warned of the troubles ahead.

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This episode leans heavily on some tired and troubling tropes, not the least of which is the idea that an (albeit fictional) indigenous group owes its existence and identity to an alien "blessing."
The "Sky Spirit" alien says that when they encountered Chakotay's ancestors 45,000 years ago "they had no culture," implying that the culture came from the "genetic bonding" from the aliens. This is only one of the gross ideas this episode presents.

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We love us some Chakotay, and this episode gives us so much about him, as a person. His past, his motivations. It's also an episode that deftly uses flashback for a smartly layered narrative. It's also got a good b-plot with the Doctor and Kes. But that's the end of the nice things we have to say.

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The aliens left a jumpsuit for Chakotay.

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"Why are we able to beam people up, but not down?"
Janeway, asking the right questions about why this script is really bad.

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Chakotay emerges, barely alive after being pinned under a medium sized potted palm.

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"Here's a cool, holographic towel for your forehead."

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They uh spent a pretty big chunk of this episode talking about how it was impossible to beam down, and then they just beamed three people out.

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I really wanna know more about Tuvok's prize winning orchids.

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Really enjoying the Doctor's holographic flu. Reminds me of that Culture novel.

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Red Tailed Hawk stock footaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaage

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I want to know more about Chakotay's "expedition hat."

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