Okay I am 100% here for you Critical Role/Star Trek AU but hear me out on this one... instead of Vox Machina in Starfleet, Vox Machina as Maquis against the Chroma Conclave of Cardassians
I believe you but also I don’t know nearly enough non-starfleet trek lore to write anything that doesn’t take place on a federation vessel. it’s just something I wanted to play around with for the femslash fest thing tbh
Just saw that drawing with Jadzia Dax sitting on top of a pile of Klingon bodies that I saw some people discuss on my dash. The image depicts her smiling as she supports her foot on the head of a dead man.
I wont reblog it and I wont link to it.
Within Ds9 they always make a conscious effort to humanize (in lack of a better word) the Klingons and different aliens. They are people with aspirations and dreams and desires with a strong sense of traditions and not, as TNG and TOS might have indicated sometimes, bloodthirsty beasts. Dax episodes is a big part of creating nuanced depictions of Klingon’s. Which is also why the image make very little sense - Dax both love Klingons and has an entire episode dedicated to her moral ambiguity regarding killing anyone.
Let’s not ignore the fact that the image depicts the white Dax on a pile consisting entirely of black/brown bodies. This can’t possibly be removed from the racist origins of the Klingons in TOS, where these violent and ill tempered bad guys where played by white men in blackface. The civilized (white) Federation were set against the uncivilized (black) Klingons.
This trope, about who’s civilized and who’s uncivilized, violent and non-violent, had already been used for hundreds of years to justify the dehumanization of black people. As it is to this day (See how the media frames BLM protests vs. riots after a hockey team loose).
The drawing can’t be removed from its context. Within the Star Trek universe or outside of it.
I see people comment on that image of Dax with stuff like “Slay queen”. I’m all for the depiction of Dax as strong, fierce, as one who can use violence to defend herself and her values. But let’s not, in our yearning for empowering imagery, ignore other underlying messages.
That image is an unapologetic glorification of slaughter that is both painfully out of character and bears an uncomfortable resemblance to racist imagery.