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Transformers In Character!
The Comfort of Unrealized Realities [Prompt Response] 
28th-Apr-2010 10:29 pm
Slipstream
TFA Slipstream

*Slipstream is in her quarters viewing an old episode of a Science-fiction program from Earth. The monitor is no big screen, but it is raised on a console table and large enough to display small details, including the now-dated quality of the video. Slipstream is seated in a straight-backed chair, tipped back on it's rear legs, with her own heels up on a shelf of the console. She is snacking on a plate of cookies.*

When I was avoiding bounty hunter and Guard detection on Earth and my brothers were no longer with me, my main comfort was watching Earth media. They have a lot of interesting programs, like shows with 'TV judges' settling disputes for individuals so ignorantly eager to have their fifteen minutes of fame that they will air all their grievances, potential flaws an propensity to color the truth on nationally broadcast show. I don't think I would ever agree to resolve my disputes in such a format, but if I did, I'd definitely have Ramjet appear as my witness. *laughs*

My favorite shows, however, are Sci-fi, be they dramas, comedies or even animated fare. Sometimes I'd watch fantasy genre stuff, but if it comes to a choice between Xena and Seven-of-Nine, I'll pick Seven. And that's one of the reasons I do like Science-fiction: they have interesting, competent, strong female characters. Even in the old serials, with their model rockets on strings, there were spirited female characters like Dale Arden and Wilma Dearing. Sure they got in trouble sometimes and needed a hero to rescue them, but they also had their chances to play rescuer, and to uncover so many interesting plots along the way. Princess Leia is a character in this same tradition: one of her early plots involves her being captive and in need of rescuing, but she's also a diplomat, a capable resistance fighter, and just a take-charge female who is not afraid to get dirty if it means saving her companions.

The Star Trek franchise had kind of a mix. In the earlier produced shows, the females tended to be alike to go-go dancers and receptionists! But the series progressed in a favorable way, especially when they would focus on the struggle of an 'alien' female to assimilate into the Federation. Don't get me started on how like the slaggin' Autobot regime the Federation is! I mean, practically the only thing that sets them apart is that the Federation is supposed to have this tolerance of alien cultures, but they sure have a lot of episodes about conflicting cultures! Anyway, I loved Seven!

She was from the Big Bad's side: one of the Borg, largely cybernetic. Even in that state, she was hotter than all the Federation females in their frumpy military uniforms. I find, if you watch enough of these shows, and their spandex, Lycra, leather and vinyl costuming of human actors, you can develop an appreciation for human aesthetics and understand which character is the 'hot chick'. But then the Doctor gave her a make-over - lots of make-over shows in Earth media, too - and she was just hot. Oh, I'm sure there is some human female somewhere complaining that she was too sexually objectified. No! I disagree; Seven rocked the cyborg corset and heels. It was empowering that she, used to assimilating others into her way of thinking, so almost-by-accident assimilated herself into the Federation crew so successfully just by changing her hair. All the males - and probably a number of females - totally forgot she was 'the enemy' and just thought her hot. Now that is using guile and a nice pair of heels to advantage! *giggles*

There are so many beautiful characters in these Sci-fi shows. I do not mean in the sense of human aesthetics, but that there is an attractive radiant core. These characters can be valiant warriors, or gifted scientists - or sometimes both like Dr. Sam Carter in Stargate - yet retain that quality of being somehow female. Accepted perhaps by the 'guys', even valued, yet not required to be male herself.

And, there are also very intriguing characters with female gender, but who are AI, or not fully human, such as Sharon Apple, or Synergy or Zoe Graystone. I am quite partial to the Major from Ghost in the Shell. These are of interest to me, like Seven, because they do not necessarily have 'sex' in the sense of physical organic bodies with female reproductive organs compatible with males of their species. They can be sexless...and yet they are...well, they are like me I suppose. And, that is what is comforting about Science-fiction shows, for me.

It is comforting to have - especially when hiding out on a planet dominated by small organics - some sense that there are others out there with the same troubles and challenges in their life. I'm not exactly the hero or the leader, or even one that others believe the largest threat, I'm the bad girl, I suppose.

Like Evil-lyn. She is an intelligent, cunning, female accomplice to a powerful warlord - and she has great fashion sense! She is not forced to wear pink. She is not relegated only to fighting the female in the opposing army - though she often does so - she can go up against the hero herself! And, if not for the laws of western animated children's television fare, she might have actually defeated He-man!

But one of my all time favorite female Science-fiction characters is nearly human; the radiant Aeryn Sun from Farscape. *Gestures to the episode she is currently watching which involves some kind of mist or steam seeping from vents and conduits into the interior of a spacecraft* Aeryn is a highly capable warrior and fighter pilot from a militaristic society with a mission to achieve peace in the galaxy, under their rule. You could say she had me at Hello, or when she first removed her helmet. *laughter*

There is nothing about her undeniably female person that is weak or over-emotional. She does not pine, or mope, even when she clearly is in love. She is capable instead of waiting, or making a difficult choice to leave until her intended can be with her on more suitable terms. And even when those she loves die, she does not cry and make a scene in front of others, but goes away to grieve properly and say her farewells...and then she pulls herself together and goes back to being a soldier. I wish I was as strong as Aeryn Sun.

Aeryn also has the curious distinction of being confronted by two equally original copies of her love interest, a Commander from Earth. At first I related to this in the sense that the one I was interested in seemed so different within the facts in my memory as compared to my present observation of him. Both were 'real' and both equally Him, yet they were distinct, and it hurt sometimes to just know of the differences. Since arriving in 'Nexusville', I have all new levels of appreciation for Aeryn's plight!

One would think I would be somehow discouraged after the fifth time. I know I keep saying I am over Him. But, again, the TV show is a comfort to me. Their fictional ability to traverse wormholes into various realized and unrealized realities is not so different from this multi-verse we are experiencing. So, when you think of five, in relation to infinite possibilities, there's still a really good chance that there is a universe where and when one of them is actually for me. And even though I am strong, and independent, and do not need Him, that chance that somewhere out there there may even be one is a constant comfort to me.

[ooc: Slipstream is physically in her quarters. "You" may already be there watching Sci-fi shows with her, or choose to politely ask for admittance, contact her virtually, or otherwise completely ignore. "You" here meaning any character, basically.]
Comments 
30th-Apr-2010 12:14 am (UTC)
TFA Skywarp

*knocks quietly on Slipstream's door, in case she's recharging*

Slipstream? May I come in?
30th-Apr-2010 12:18 am (UTC)
TFA Slipstream

*Hears the knock and the voice. It sounds like one of her brothers...no way Starscream would be visiting her, even though they all have the same vocalizer. She gets up and walks to the door.*

Sunstorm?

*opens the door*

Oh! Hi, Warp. Sure, you can come in. I was just watching some downloaded television episodes.
30th-Apr-2010 12:23 am (UTC)
TFA Skywarp

It, um, sounded more like you were squeeing...

Your show isn't too scary, is it?
30th-Apr-2010 12:29 am (UTC)
TFA Slipstream

*laughs* It's one of my favorite episodes!

It's not scary. Well...they are potentially going to crash into a star...but the episode is actually more sexy than scary.

*very straight face* I can put something else on.
30th-Apr-2010 12:34 am (UTC)
TFA Skywarp

*has a clueless expression* Sexy?

Um, it's okay. You were watching it before I got here.

*sits down on the berth* Why are they potentially going to crash into a star?
30th-Apr-2010 12:47 am (UTC)
TFA Slipstream

*Goes back into her quarters where her chair is between the berth and the console with the monitor.*

Yeah, note the Jazz music in the score. *laughs* It's not what they call pornography mind you, but the mist is making the characters act in exaggerated fashion. So, these two that look like humans are extra interested in breeding type activity.

I guess if this mist were real and could affect us, you'd be extra anxious.

Their ship, Talyn is being drawn into this star, and part of his reaction is to produce this mist which is affecting everyone.

*offers plate* You want a cookie?

Edited at 2010-04-30 12:48 am (UTC)
30th-Apr-2010 12:56 am (UTC)
TFA Skywarp

So it's like an artificially induced heat? Do humans even have heat? *has lots of questions but doesn't want to make Slipstream angry by inadvertently criticizing her favorite show*

*nods* Touching random people is scary.

Why would the ship put it's crew into heat if it's being drawn into a star? Or is it an accidental side-effect?

*takes a cookie* Thank you. Did you make these?
30th-Apr-2010 01:08 am (UTC)
TFA Slipstream

Heat? Uh...yeah, I guess it is like that, for these two characters John and Aeryn. I think humans have some kind of fertility cycle, but I just know of it from daytime television, really.

The ship, Talyn, is alive, so the mist stuff is like a byproduct of his strained systems from this Siren Star that is drawing him in.

It doesn't make them all hyper-aroused. The one that is ordinarily militant is extra militant and the one that is gluttonous is extra gluttonous and so on.

The cookies are left from a party; I don't really bake.
30th-Apr-2010 01:29 am (UTC)
TFA Skywarp

Huh. *stares raptly at the screen*

Did you go to the costume party, then? *feels bad for not seeking out his siblings more frequently.*
30th-Apr-2010 01:34 am (UTC)
[BW Terrorsaur]

*raps on Slipstream's door and waits patiently*

Slipstream, it's Terrorsaur.
30th-Apr-2010 12:39 am (UTC) - Private Comm
[BW Terrorsaur]

//Slipstream? I've got something for you, and I have a question...//

*The last bit is said in a little bit more of a subdued tone than he usually speaks.*
30th-Apr-2010 12:42 am (UTC) - Re: Private Comm
TFA Slipstream

//Terrorsaur. I'm just in my quarters now. What is it?//

[ooc: she may or may not be with Skywarp, depending if you need the threads separate or not.]
30th-Apr-2010 12:55 am (UTC) - Re: Private Comm
[BW Terrorsaur]

//You told me a while back that you'd seen some odd symbols around here, and I finally got something to draw the symbol I saw on the floating island. Unfortunately, it's on paper, or I would just send it to you as an attachment.//

//And... I... have a personal question to ask you about something... I don't have any experience in.//


[OOC: He could bring the paper over in the same thread, but the question would have to be private.]
30th-Apr-2010 01:03 am (UTC) - Re: Private Comm
TFA Slipstream

//Yeah, I've seen some more of the symbols inside that facility we found. I can intuit the meaning of a few now, just based on correspondence in where and when they appear. Skywarp just came over, but he's trustworthy. You can come to my place any time.//

//And if you have any question, I'll do my best to answer. We are allies, right, Terrorsaur?//
30th-Apr-2010 01:15 am (UTC) - Re: Private Comm
[BW Terrorsaur]

//Fine, I'll bring it over now.//

//We-- yes. We are allies. It's just something that-- no. I'll tell you when I get there.//


*ends the call*
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