Classic Riker.


In TNG: “The Outcast” Commander Riker falls in love with Soren, a member of the apparently androgynous J’naii species. In this genderless society Soren feels like a woman, something that is not only scorned but downright illegal on the J’naii homeworld. Even worse, anyone infringing the law is subjected to a psychotectic therapy, a form of “re-education”.

Rick Berman tried not to let perceptions of what the public would find acceptable “influence us too much” in the choice of Riker’s opposite, adding “but having Riker engaged in passionate kisses with a male actor might have been a little unpalatable to viewers.” Jonathan Frakes felt otherwise and would later criticize the decision to cast women in the roles of the J’naii, as a love affair apparently shared between two men would have made the statement of the episode stronger.

While the mission to portray a gay relationship in the 24th century has not been achieved, the episode still manages to hit on transgender issues due to the premise of Soren finding herself in a genderless society.


I am female. I was born that way. I have had those feelings, those longings, all of my life. It is not unnatural. I am not sick because I feel this way. I do not need to be helped. I do not need to be cured. What I need, and what all of those who are like me need, is your understanding. And your compassion. We have not injured you in any way. And yet we are scorned and attacked. And all because we are different. What we do is no different from what you do. We talk and laugh. We complain about work. And we wonder about growing old. We talk about our families and we worry about the future. And we cry with each other when things seem hopeless. All of the loving things that you do with each other - that is what we do. And for that we are called misfits, and deviants and criminals. What right do you have to punish us? What right do you have to change us? What makes you think you can dictate how people love each other?


Is it just me, or is this ahead of it’s time for 1992 television? 

Star Trek still ended up lagging behind a bit.

(in response to macpye)

Season 5 Episode 17

The Outcast

maawi said:

Espresso, Decaf, Macchiato, Kopi

  • Espresso:Describe your usual morning routine.

already did this one with kath, its pretty much still the same ^^;

  • Decaf:Impersonate one of your friends.


*Aggie voice* *hears someone say foot* *pops out of the floor* DiD soMEONE SAY fOoTbALl?!

  • Macchiato:Name two things you think go well together and why.

Bacon and olives, mixed them in with cheese and bread and you get a very delicious sub. I don’t know why, I just like the taste of them together. 

  • Kopi:Describe an incident when you tried something new.

Already did one for kath but here is another one. When I tried my dads cooking for the first time I almost threw up, ever sine I don’t trust his cooking because its either, over cooked, raw, unseasoned, TOO SEASONED, or a combination of those.

marvxel said:

Espresso. Latte. Iced. Drip. Kopi. :D

  • Espresso:Describe your usual morning routine.

Get up, shower, Brush teeth, dry, check email, study if needed, get dressed, go for coffee.

  • Latte:List three aspects of your personality that you love.

I am very creative, Outgoing around friends, the ability to ignore everything and focus on art :P

  • Iced:Make the weirdest face you can.


  • Drip:Post a photo of a stuffed animal you own.

I don’t own one, I gave them all to my little sister or to charity

  • Kopi:Describe an incident when you tried something new

trying animation for the first time was an experience, I found it difficult, annoying, frustrating, and a lot of other things. I enjoyed it though and was proud of what I made.

maawi said:

Iron Man, Batman (HE'S NICKNAME IS BATSY OKAY), Arya Stark


though Batman is actually is pretty low on my list because he can literally do EVERYTHING you can think of and the newer movies just ruined him for me tbh. But I did love cartoon Batman :D

(what three characters would you associate me with) :D

maawi said:

5, 6, 13, 25?

5. What’s your favorite thing to draw?

heads, flowers, cats

6. What’s your least favorite thing to draw?

Feat, Hands, furniture 

13. Do you prefer to keep your art personal, or do you like drawing thingsfor other people?

both, mainly personal, but I do love drawing things for other people when possible

25. Do you like to draw in silence, or with music?

Music, sometimes movies or tv in the background