‘The Outcast’

I like Star Trek – I watched the original series ‘Star Trek’ and the series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’, ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, ‘Star Trek: Voyager’, ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ and have seen most of the movies. Star Trek was far beyond its time with creating and writing of this franchise. It has been quite a while since I have seen anything Star Trek, but one episode of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ has always stood out.

From jammersreviews.com

“The Outcast”

The Enterprise comes to the assistance of the Genai, a race that has no gender, to help retrieve the crew of a shuttle that went missing in a mysterious void of “null space.” Riker teams up with one of the Genai, named Soren (Melinda Culea), and in the process of their investigation Riker learns more about Soren and the Genai society.

It turns out that the Genai once had male and female sexes but have since “evolved” into asexual beings — their current-day reproduction involves a baby being grown in a husk or something — but occasionally there are some Genai who identify with one gender or the other. Such identifications are forbidden and those individuals are subject to a psychotherapy “treatment” that eradicates those “abnormal” feelings.

From the 1992 Star Trek Next Generation episode titled ‘The Outcast’ script –

SOREN: I am tired of lies. 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?

From the 2016 spearfruit blog –

I intentionally decided not to explain the reason for this post, but instead will leave it up to you the readers to interpret it.

20 thoughts on “‘The Outcast’

  1. It’s strange how life circles around on itself. Co-incidence, happenstance, deja vu…however you term it…sometimes things just seem to CLUSTER. It happens that some women I know and I were discussing the very topic of your blog yesterday. (yeah Twilight Zone music implied here… 🙂 ) The other participants in the conversation (save myself and one other) were older women (over 70) and all of us are of a certain religious following. It remains discouraging to me that the older ones are so intolerant of those who are ‘different’ in the way you describe. Myself and the younger woman were more accepting. I feel badly that anyone would judge another for anything, but especially in this case for something so personal to the individual. And I presented the older women with this scenario: What if one day we woke up and suddenly being feminine or female was taboo? If you WERE or admitted you were, you would be punished. You would be labelled a criminal. A pervert. There was a long silence after I made this statement, and one of the ladies got so offended that she asked us to leave. I’m not sure if age has something to do with how rigid our viewpoints become, but if it does, I’m rooting to die ‘young.’ I wouldn’t care to think like THAT. Thank you for a thought provoking and excellent post! 🙂

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  2. Ah Spear ! Only you to make me watch Star Trek (which I really don’t like at all – I’m sorry – but that’s me ) but I’m glad I did , and I think it’s brilliant what you just did here 🙂
    Turtle Hugs ❤

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  3. We live on a very big planet that the Creator populated with a wildly diverse group of inhabitants. I think we should all stop trying to undo the Creator’s handy work by making everything beige. I look forward to reading more of your posts and thanks for taking the time to post at the Senior Salon.

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    • Thank you, yes I agree! The world was created full of color, in everything we see and in each one of us. Thank your for stopping by to read and comment. I appreciate you following my blog. 🙂

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  4. Age may be a factor for some, others fear, and even others by deep belief.. I do know that we shouldn’t judge in the context of condemning another.. we do and should judge by our own set of values and they should not be used to oppress any other person’s rights.. Great post.. And a good reminder to remember the shoe could be on the other foot, before putting one’s foot in one’s mouth..

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    • Thank you. I try not to judge and condemn others just because they are different than I or they live a life different than me. Thank you for reading and commenting, always appreciated. 🙂

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