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19. The Idea of a Mother (Motherhood in Star Trek)

We’re joined by special guest Caroline (aka rikerssexblouse) to discuss mothers in Star Trek

Anika ran the stats, and we talked about specific characters, including…

  • Beverly Crusher (TNG)
  • Lwaxana Troi (TNG, DS9)
  • Keiko O’Brien (TNG, DS9)
  • Ishka (DS9)
  • Samantha Wildman (VOY)
  • Winona Kirk (ST2009)
  • Tom Paris’s mother (who didn’t even get a name!) (VOY)
  • Miral Torres (VOY)
  • Amanda Grayson (TOS, ST2009, DSC)
  • Philippa Georgiou (DSC)
  • Gabrielle Burnham (DSC)

We also discussed recurring themes, such as…

  • mothers who don’t get to parent their own children (Beverly Crusher, Samantha Wildman)
  • parenthood and career paths in a post-scarcity future
  • the complicated feminism of Jeri Taylor
  • D. C. Fontana and “Friday’s Child” (TOS)
  • Cersei Lannister versus Philippa Georgiou — redeeming monsters
  • bad mothers and bad fathers — who does the audience forgive?

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Finally, I (Liz) went looking for a source for the quote I remembered from Lois McMaster Bujold, “Han Solo never had to call his mother”, and couldn’t find it. So if you know the source – especially if I’ve misattributed it – let me know!