Thursday, December 8, 2016

#119 - JANICE RAND: WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN?


Although originally envisioned as a crucial TOS character, Janice Rand's ultimate legacy would be one of unfulfilled potential and real life tragedy. So why, despite minimal screen-time and lousy creative oversight, did Grace Lee Whitney's iconic bee-hived heroine become a Trek legend and how do we approach this often problematic figure in modern context? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton delve into the handful of episodes and movies featuring Rand in an effort to convey their frustrations with what should have been a far more positive and popular crew member. Along the way, they also examine the similarities between the yeoman extraordinaire and Tasha Yar and Kes, as well as debate whether there's a rich future for space-faring clerical workers on Discovery.

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Past Trek Character-centric Discussions:
For the Love of Wesley
The Psychology of Geordi La Forge
The Best of Picard

Join us next week as we revisit the DS9 two-parter The Search!

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