Problematic faves! Anika and a sliiiiiiiiiiightly hungover (yet award-winning) Liz discuss the characters we love, but can’t entirely recommend without a caveat. Or many caveats.
But first — we have to define terms. How do you narrow it down when literally every single work of fiction, along with every single human who ever existed, is imperfect?
- Yeoman Tonia Barrows of “Shore Leave” (TOS)
- Captain Kathryn Janeway of THE ENTIRE SERIES OF VOYAGER have you heard of her?
- T’Pring of of “Amok Time” (TOS) and Valeris of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
- Gul Dukat of DS9 (the ultimate Problematic Fave Who Thinks He Is A Cinnamon Roll)
- Seska of Voyager
- L’Rell of Discovery
And along the way, we talk about fandom’s attitudes towards characters who do terrible things or represent terrible ideas, fan fiction as a safe place to explore ideas which don’t have a place in canon, and more!