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?

See https://antimatterpod.tumblr.com/post/185048185909/19-the-idea-of-a-mother for further notes and links. 

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