Lion of the Blogosphere

Star Trek TOS, season 1: The Squire of Gothos

It has been three days since my last Star Trek review, so hopefully those following along at home have had time to watch this episode.

The next Star Trek post will discuss “Arena,” (one of the most iconic Trek episodes in which Kirk fights a lizard monster alien! how will it hold up?) and then “The Alternative Factor,” and then “Tomorrow Is Yesterday.” I am now watching the episodes in production order instead of the airdate order used by Netflix.

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I wasn’t expecting to like this episode, but I was delighted to be so wrong. “The Squire of Gothos” is definitely on my list of greatest Trek episodes. The guest actor who plays Trelane, William Campbell, does a fantastic job with the role. He’s played with just the right amount of campiness, energy, and sincerity.

I see a trend where I’m willing to forgive a lot more stuff in episodes that don’t take themselves too seriously. But when the tone of the episode is “this is really serious stuff” then I can’t help but focusing on all of the corniness and the plot holes.

The most noteworthy thing about this episode is that the alien Trelane is obviously the model for Q, a recurring character in The Next Generation series, and the first episode of that series, “Encounter at Farpoint” heavily borrowed from this episode.

Initially I hated Q, and indeed, the first episode of TNG was pretty bad. For starters, I’m not a big fan of omnipotent beings. It was a mistake of the original series to rely too much on super-powerful aliens as the basis for a whole bunch of episodes, and TNG started out by repeating that mistake with its very first episode. And then there is the problem that “Encounter at Farpoint” bludgeons you over the head with the accusation that humanity is really awful and we should all feel great guilt and shame about our history. “The Squire of Gothos” actually makes all of the same points, but does so in a much more playful and non-obvious manner. In fact, it’s so non-obvious that most of the reviews of this episode that I found on the internet don’t even get it!

Later I came to enjoy Q because his role was to mock and insult the regular crew of the new Enterprise, and they really deserved all of Q’s criticism. But that’s another reason why, even if you are going to introduce a character like Q, don’t put him in the first episode. Mocking the regular crew means nothing before we even know who the regular crew are.

The biggest difference between Trelane and Q is that Q rarely says anything that isn’t laced with sarcasm, while Trelane is completely sincere; we may even say that he has a childish sincerity. Trelane, you see, is a big fan of humanity’s military history and warlike nature. Trelane’s observation of Earth only goes up to the Napoleonic era, but even in the 23rd century, humans are still wearing military uniforms and still carrying around weapons, much more powerful weapons than Napoleon had.

KIRK: Our missions are peaceful, not for conquest. When we do battle, it is only because we have no choice.

TRELANE: Ah, but that’s the official story, eh?

KIRK: I must ask you to let us go back to our ship.

TRELANE: I wouldn’t hear of it. You shall join me in a repast. I want to learn all about your feelings on war and killing and conquest. That sort of thing. Do you know that you’re one of the few predator species that preys even on itself?

I love that last line, an insult against humanity, but Trelane thinks it’s really cool that humans prey on themselves. It’s one-hundred percent sincerity without the least bit of condemnation or judgment. Trelane then takes a childish delight in the phaser that one of the guys tries to use on him. He shoots at his exhibits (including a taxidermied salt monster from the first episode The Man Trap) and says “Oh, how marvellous! Devastating! Why, this could kill millions.”

Reminds me of the previous episode, Shore Leave, where Sulu finds an old pistol and has a jolly good time shooting stuff with it until Kirk takes it away from him. Both Sulu and Trelane take the same delight in playing with a more primitive weapon. We later learn that Trelane is actually a misbehaving child, so what does that say about Sulu?

Indeed, Kirk theoretically comes in peace, but they are always carrying around these super-powerful phasers whenever they leave the Enterprise. How would you feel if some people came to visit you, but they were all carrying around AR-15s? I wouldn’t feel very safe, or that they were very peaceful. In many places in the world, most places in the more civilized parts of the world, they’d be ARRESTED and put in PRISON for illegally carrying around weapons in public.

Some other cool things to note about this episode:

1. In the court scene, Trelane dresses as an old English judge with a wig. They re-used the same imagery in the TNG episode “Encounter at Farpoint.”

2. Trelane explains that he is able to manufacture all of his stuff by converting matter to energy and back to matter but in a different form. Like how transporters work but a lot better. And in fact, this technology will exist in TNG where they have replicators that do the same thing. Once again, we see how much TNG borrowed from this episode.

3. Trelane sends the Enterprise a text message in a fancy font. Maybe that seemed ridiculous in 1967, but today you really can send someone a text message (or at least an email) in a fancy font! The future was accurately predicted!

4. Trelane says upon looking at Uhura, “Ah a Nubian prize. (he kisses her hand) Taken on one of your raids of conquest, no doubt, Captain.” He thinks it’s really cool that Kirk has a black slave. The purpose of mentioning this, of course, is to remind us of the bad parts of our history, just like “Encounter at Farpoint” but with more subtlety.

Despite the good intention that this remark is supposed to educate us that we should feel guilty about slavery, I am sure that this would NOT be said on a modern show where it’s considered RACIST to even talk about this stuff even when the context of how it’s talked about shows a benign motive by the writers of the script.

5. There’s another blonde Yeoman, and she gets to wear a pretty dress. Just like last episode. I love the totally gratuitous insertion of the hot Yeoman babe of the week.

6. Trelane’s mother says “If you cannot take proper care of your pets, you cannot have them at all.” So funny how humans are seen as pets by such an advanced super-powerful alien species that Trelane comes from. And the father says “Stop that nonsense at once, or you’ll not be permitted to make any more planets.”

My only complaint about the ending is that they overdid it just a little bit with Trelane acting like whiny 6-year-old. Too much camp, but still I loved the part about him not being allowed to make any more planets.

And a general complaint about the series in general. While I enjoyed this as a standalone episode, too many times the series draws from the same well and re-uses the plot of super-powerful aliens that the Enterprise can’t possibly defeat, and they are only saved by something they have no control over (a deus ex machina plot device). More specifically, the ending of this episode is exactly the same as Charlie X, where they would have been totally screwed had not Charlie X’s super-powerful alien adopted parents showed up to save them.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 31, 2018 at 11:46 AM

Posted in Star Trek

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  1. Oh, hurrah, a review that I finally agree with almost completely! One that doesn’t spend time griping over “plot holes”!

    I see a trend where I’m willing to forgive a lot more stuff in episodes that don’t take themselves too seriously

    I’m beginning to see this trend as well, and I think that the difference between you and, Lion, is that I don’t really try to or imagine wanting to take *any* TOS episode seriously. In my mind they are all *supposed* to be campy, and the campier the better! (Hence the excellence of Spock’s Brain and that episode with the space hippies).

    S.J., Esquire

    August 31, 2018 at 12:08 PM

  2. The actor who plays Trelane later played the smug Klingon Captain Koloth in “The Trouble with Tribbles.”

    Oswald Spengler

    August 31, 2018 at 1:46 PM

  3. Last weekend of summer!

    It’s Paulina Rubio’s infectious sand-and-tequila anthem!

    Justice Duvall

    August 31, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    • Summer is the most prole of seasons.

      Oswald Spengler

      August 31, 2018 at 2:45 PM

      • You’ve got that totally backwards. Summer is the season when the upper class demonstrate their superiority over the masses by “summering” at the most upper-class places.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        August 31, 2018 at 3:28 PM

      • Summer is the most prole of seasons.

        Completely true, not much is more prole and undignified than half-naked unattractive people at crowded beaches, etc.

        S.J., Esquire

        August 31, 2018 at 3:50 PM

      • “Completely true, not much is more prole and undignified than half-naked unattractive people at crowded beaches, etc”

        Lion is correct. Summertime demonstrates the superiority of the TOOS class over lowly mortals in their private exclusive getaways from riff-raff.

        I was shocked to learn that John Travolta is a frequent visitor to Dark Harbor during the summertime. Either it’s prole drifting from a Dark Harbor perspective or John is a guido striving and selling out. There’s another area on the other side of Maine known as Bar Harbor, which should remind him of his prole roots in NJ with their American flags, tacky diners for the working class etc…

        JS

        September 1, 2018 at 10:32 AM

      • Is “summering,” meaning spending one’s entire summer in another location, even a thing anymore? The only people who can afford to do that are the independently wealthy, i.e., the TOOS, and you keep saying they all have jobs now because they buy into the idea that the purpose of life is to have a self-actualizing career.

        Hermes

        September 1, 2018 at 11:33 AM

      • This is an excellent question, is there anyone here who is TOOS who can answer it?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 1, 2018 at 12:48 PM

      • Not TOOS, but there are some careers where people earn the bulk of their income in the winter and fall months and not much in the summer months. A CPA with a tax practice might be of this type. One with a highly successful practice could just go off and enjoy the summer without working. Successful self made lawyers could also fit this mold. But many of these types also have prole tastes.

        Look at Michael Cohen, he’s a prole and a former ambulance chaser (perhaps a successful one). It appears that the guy has nothing better else to do than to roam around Manhattan all day long, fine dining with his circle of friends, perhaps smoking cigars and occasionally hanging out at the pool hall. Prole, but to be a wealthy prole and live in Manhattan is not prole in the definition of a prole as in Staten Island, Middle America or Arizona. He lives better than his former master, Donald Trump.

        JS

        September 1, 2018 at 1:12 PM

  4. I used to be great at literary critical analysis. I don’t know if I’m losing it or it’s just been so long since I’ve done it or watched Star Trek than I’m rusty. Regardless, you picked up a lot of things I missed and made great points. Another very impressive review.

    destructure

    August 31, 2018 at 3:37 PM

  5. These Star Trek posts are so boring.

    gothamette

    August 31, 2018 at 5:20 PM

    • Shame on you!

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 31, 2018 at 6:51 PM

      • here is where lion beams gothamette into his biosphere for his own demented purposes.

        toomanymice

        August 31, 2018 at 7:33 PM

      • Clearly someone doesn’t have fond childhood memories of watching TOS every Saturday at noon!

        S.J., Esquire

        August 31, 2018 at 8:24 PM

    • I disagree with Gothamette on almost everything. Not this.

      Justice Duvall

      August 31, 2018 at 7:48 PM

      • LOL. It so happens I read the current post and thought it was great!

        It’s a woman prerog. to change her mind.

        gothamette

        September 1, 2018 at 1:57 PM

      • The swamp came out in force today. Did anyone watch?

        gothamette

        September 1, 2018 at 9:40 PM

    • Translation: “these Star Trek posts are so male.”

      Hermes

      September 1, 2018 at 11:34 AM

      • But Shatner takes his shirt off every episode to appeal to the women.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 1, 2018 at 12:48 PM

      • Shatner was an early crush.

        Anyway as my earlier comment admits, this post was very entertaining – full of good writing. I’m not such a Star Trek fan though I find myself watching it on Channel 9 out of sheer habit and nostalgia.

        And I positively cannot stand the knock offs.

        gothamette

        September 1, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    • I was hoping Lion would review some old Soul Train episodes from that era.

      Curle

      September 1, 2018 at 12:09 PM

      • Lion should start his own musical variety/dance show replete with downscale members of society.

        The show will be called “Prole Train.” Of course, the Lion will fill the Don Cornelius role as host.

        In between musical performances and dance sequences, Lion will patiently explain Paul Fussell’s socioeconomic class system and HBD concepts to his guests and viewers watching at home.

        Oswald Spengler

        September 1, 2018 at 1:52 PM

      • Before the obesity epidemic.

        gothamette

        September 1, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    • “These Star Trek posts are so boring.”

      No way. I even told my wife about these reviews so she can read them. She’s a trekkie, And I don’t use that term lightly. She used to go to conventions and everything,

      destructure

      September 1, 2018 at 4:10 PM

      • See my later comment – I like this one! I’ll read more carefully in the future, especially when Lion does the Lazarus episodes. (They had a super-hot actor.)

        gothamette

        September 1, 2018 at 9:31 PM

      • You’d enjoy them more if you watched the episodes along with the reviews.

        destructure

        September 2, 2018 at 5:30 AM

      • “You’d enjoy them more if you watched the episodes along with the reviews.”

        You’re right, but I don’t know but I forget, is Lion reviewing these in chron order, or according to what’s on TV now? Explanation: there is a local sub-channel in the NYC area that plays Star Trek every night. Sometimes I watch. Sometimes I forget. If the latter, I’ll remember to watch so I can “play along.”

        gothamette

        September 2, 2018 at 8:26 AM

      • You can watch them on Netflix, or you can pirate them, and I’m giving advance notice of which episode is next.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 2, 2018 at 10:32 AM

      • Sorry – I saw that you Netflix them. I read posts hastily, between doing other useless, inane tasks and reading mind-rotting news sites.

        I see them on TV – I think it’s called “Heroes” channel or something.

        gothamette

        September 2, 2018 at 11:59 AM

      • OK, so… live long enough and you begin to think the darnedest things.

        I have a serious question. Doesn’t the Enterprise have too few mechanics?

        gothamette

        September 4, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    • Yes, and Lion never mentions the Romulans, a race of high IQ miscreants that are physically violent in the likes of Khan. Such a super race shatters the entire concept of HBD.

      JS

      September 1, 2018 at 5:07 PM

      • They’re offshoots of the Vulcans. Of course, they would have higher than average intelligence.

        Oswald Spengler

        September 1, 2018 at 6:22 PM

      • Romulans are also sociopathic and they can get physically violent with their opponents like the Klingons. However, they view the Klingons as inferior for being brutes and not having any intellect. The Romulans are the best of both.

        Khan was a superman and genetically engineered. He was Kirk’s most formidable nemesis. I say the Romulans come in second for a natural race of aliens.

        JS

        September 2, 2018 at 8:47 AM

      • Also, having higher than intelligence doesnt preclude a race or nation being vicious or violent. For example, see the Japanese Empire from 1931-1945 or Mao Zedong’s Communist China.

        Oswald Spengler

        September 1, 2018 at 6:26 PM

      • Lion should do an entire post on HBD in the Federation. Humans know that Vulcans have higher, much higher IQ’s, yet they can accept that and doesn’t stop human achievement. Why haven’t humans given up and turn to drugs and alcohol, and crime?

        Mike Street Station

        September 2, 2018 at 7:33 AM

    • This is Nana Visitor (the actress who played Kira Nerys the 2nd in Command in Star Trek- DS9).

      1) Looks like a New Yorker – Check

      2) Looks Italian or a Guidette – Check

      3) Her maiden name is Charisse – ?

      JS

      September 1, 2018 at 5:49 PM

      • Gah. The spouse is watching these episodes back to back … Bad actors dressed in silly Halloween costumes. Contrived plots, obligatory multi cultivate. And the keep going back to the star wars bar scene

        This is kids’ shit.

        Mrs Stitch

        September 2, 2018 at 6:55 PM

      • “Cultivate,” lol

        Mrs Stitch

        September 2, 2018 at 6:56 PM

  6. I enjoyed this episode but why does a planet created by supra-consciousness require a mechanistic device (hidden behind a mirror?)? Makes no sense. And why is there a crocodile head above the fireplace? Were there crocodiles in 18th century europe?

    The score for this episode ALSO rips off rimsky korsakov- refrains from it play during the duel scene.

    Consciousness creating planets borrows from vedic philosophy. A good example of this is the film jacob’s ladder where the entire universe exists within the consciousness of a dying vietnam war soldier.

    Anyway I believe Trelane is modeled off Peter III of russia who was a puerile military fanatic. The prussian/ german salute is a dead giveaway.

    toomanymice

    August 31, 2018 at 7:31 PM

  7. This episode was a rip-off of a stage play called A Visit to a Small Planet, whose principal trouble-maker was called Kreton. I saw that play more than half a century ago..

    robertpinkerton

    August 31, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    • Given your age, you’ll doubtless agree with me that Lion should review the famous 1960’s race novel One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding

      Marty

      September 1, 2018 at 1:11 AM

    • Wasn’t “A visit to a small planet” also the inspiration for “Third rock from the sun”?

      cliff arroyo

      September 1, 2018 at 4:06 AM

  8. Looking back, one of my favorite aspects of Star Trek was that there were a lot of pretty girls in short dresses. Nowadays, it’s harder to get away with that — you need to have Strong Independent Women in positions of authority who can do anything a man can do.

    In one of the more recent star trek movies, you get to see an attractive female character strip to her bra & panties. And of course the feminists freaked out about it.

    fortaleza84

    September 1, 2018 at 6:07 AM

    • Yeah because it made exactly zero sense for her to do that. I like girls stripping down to bra and panties as much as the next guy, but the absence of plot reason for it was so jarring that it took you out of the movie, ” what was that all about?”

      Mike Street Station

      September 1, 2018 at 8:01 AM

      • Kirk would always take of his shirt in TOS for no plot reason, was that anti-male?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 1, 2018 at 8:46 AM

      • They were objectifying him. He should add his name to the list of abused actresses #metoo.

        destructure

        September 1, 2018 at 4:38 PM

      • There was some kind of plot justification for it, perhaps it was a bit contrived, but that’s obviously not the real problem as movies are full of contrived scenes.

        The real problem is that something was done primarily to sexually please men. That’s what the feminist freak-out was really about. See, deep down most women know that all of the phenomenal power and deference they receive in society comes solely from men’s desperate desire for sex and validation from women. Therefore, anything that satisfies these needs among men is a threat to their power.

        fortaleza84

        September 2, 2018 at 8:53 AM

      • “Kirk would always take of his shirt in TOS for no plot reason, was that anti-male?”

        No, men are far less bothered by these sorts of things. See, men don’t need women except for sex and reproduction. By contrast, most women would literally starve to death if they didn’t have men to provide for and protect them. The reason women don’t starve to death and in fact enjoy a privileged position in society is because men desperately crave sex and validation from women. Women know these facts instinctively, which is why they object vehemently to anything which pleases men sexually — pornography, sexbots, etc.

        To those who disagree with me, I ask this: Is there anything at all which pleases men sexually that feminists have not complained loudly about? Why are feminists so concerned about men getting sexual satisfaction and release?

        fortaleza84

        September 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM

      • In case anyone took that seriously, I was joking.

        In response to fortaleza, I’ve always thought the real reasons women object to male sexuality is that many men have evolved to be promiscuous whereas women have evolved to be more selective and repulsed by advances from men they consider sub-optimal. A natural result of the higher investment women have in procreation. They can’t afford to mate with a dud and, therefore, have evolved contempt for duds and promiscuity. That’s one of the reasons women despise “sluts” even while complaining of “slut-shaming”.

        destructure

        September 2, 2018 at 5:06 PM

      • By the way, I don’t engage with or respond to comments made by “destructure” due to his past dishonesty. If anyone is curious as to the details, just ask me.

        fortaleza84

        September 3, 2018 at 3:25 AM

      • “By contrast, most women would literally starve to death if they didn’t have men to provide for and protect them.”

        Feminism with Bear Grylls.

        destructure

        September 3, 2018 at 4:11 AM

      • d wouldn’t have survived barry the dog.

        the dersh is on your side

        September 3, 2018 at 3:47 PM

  9. Quote: “And the father says “Stop that nonsense at once, or you’ll not be permitted to make any more planets.””

    Were the writers implying that Trelane made the planet Earth and therefore is the being that humans call “God”?

    diversityischaos

    September 1, 2018 at 9:58 AM

  10. I disagree with you here. I thought this episode was really stupid. I thought the writing was sloppy, in that we were meant to believe that Kirk was right and the machinery behind the mirror really was the source of Trelane’s powers–but then soon enough, Trelane can just keep manipulating reality at will even though the machinery’s been destroyed. It’s like they just forgot about the “machinery behind the mirror” explanation. Also, I think you’re being disingenuous/trolling with some of the other points, like the idea that this episode makes points about how humanity’s past is evil. The reason that most of the reviews of this episode that you found on the internet “don’t even get it” is that it’s not there. I think the episode is showing us that Trelane doesn’t really understand human history. Also with the comment about “text messages.” You know that was not a “text message” and Star Trek did not in fact predict today’s text messaging.

    Hermes

    September 1, 2018 at 11:43 AM

    • “I thought the writing was sloppy, in that we were meant to believe that Kirk was right and the machinery behind the mirror really was the source of Trelane’s powers–but then soon enough, Trelane can just keep manipulating reality at will even though the machinery’s been destroyed.”

      I assume that he used his powers to make the machinery that then offloaded some of the work. And that he’s some sort of non-corporeal or pan-dimensional being with superpowers beyond our understanding.

      If you destroy Superman’s cape, he’s still Superman, just without a cape.

      However, it’s a common problem throughout the series that Spock comes to some “logical” conclusion out of thin air that happens to be right. It doesn’t make any sense that the mirror would be the source of his powers, or that anyone would deduce it simply because he favors that side of the room.

      But like I said, the episode doesn’t take itself too seriously, so I didn’t get hung up on stuff like that.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 1, 2018 at 1:07 PM

  11. This episode is about the end of colonialism. Trelane represents the Anglo-Prussian powers that carved up land and created nations (planets in the show, and ‘no more planets’ is the message to him).

    The powers of Trelane represent the much greater powers of Imperial Britain or Germany compared to others, yet still there is a child-like ignorance about using those powers wisely.

    Trelane’s parents are the UN. Trelane has distinct cultural garb while the parents are amorphous, like UN representatives, and lecture him on what he can’t do.

    Trelane complains he can’t create worlds and make natives dance to his tune anymore, just like the various European Empires.

    When Kirk is banished from Trelane’s house he can’t breathe. Similarly when an ordinary person was banished from the borders of Empire they were much more at threat and would have a better time indoors as vassals to Empire.

    Kirk carries guns or phasers all the time as the crew represent Americans who support open carry and gun rights to enforce their own self-conception as more free and benign, ‘better-than’ European colonialists. However traditionial Europeans (Trelane) know the real score with his amusing observations about the phasers being able to kill millions, an obvious reference to the creation of the nuclear bomb.

    Artifact

    September 1, 2018 at 3:34 PM

  12. OT/ but how does an wiki article such as this withstand correction?

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_racism

    Curle

    September 1, 2018 at 8:58 PM

    • Simple. As soon as anyone edits to inject some reality, the SJWs who watch it like a hawk edit it and change it back, and ban the race realist as a troll.

      Hermes

      September 1, 2018 at 11:56 PM

  13. Also, I have to say I’m surprised you liked Q’s criticisms of humanity. To me, Picard’s rebuttals to Q’s criticisms were like modern-day cuckervatives’ defenses of themselves against liberal accusations of “racism.” Just as they accept the left’s frame and try to justify themselves by liberal standards (which never works,) Picard’s objections always amounted to “but we’re not like that anymore, we’ve learned,” which implicitly accepts Q’s criticisms as valid.

    Hermes

    September 1, 2018 at 9:43 PM

  14. “Lion should do an entire post on HBD in the Federation. Humans know that Vulcans have higher, much higher IQ’s, yet they can accept that and doesn’t stop human achievement. Why haven’t humans given up and turn to drugs and alcohol, and crime?”

    In Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, shortly after Praxis (a Klingon moon and a primary energy source for their homeworld) explodes, Starfleet Command holds a strategy conference to determine what should be the Federation response to the growing crisis in the Klingon Empire. Some high ranking Starfleet officers argued that peace talks should begin with the Klingons, others, led by Fleet Admiral Cartwright, argued that now was the time to bring the Klingon Empire to its knees. Cartwright said if a peace treaty were concluded with the Klingon government and the Klingon-Federation Neutral Zone dismantled, such developments would ineviably lead to massive Klingon immigration into the Federation and that Klingons would become the “alien trash” of the galaxy, an intractable underclass within Federation space.

    Oswald Spengler

    September 2, 2018 at 5:31 PM

  15. It’s time for another episode of Alpha or Beta!

    Today I present Andrew from The Firearms Blog channel on You Tube. He’s chubby, with the sort of goatee that many overweight men have in a usually unsuccessful attempt to conceal a double chin. In this video he’s wearing an absurd My Little Pony T-shirt (undoubtedly in size XXL). There’s also something Not Quite Right about his speech patterns, it almost sounds to me as if he is very mildly autistic and doing his best to hide it.

    All that’s Beta stuff. BUT: he shoots guns, a huge number of them. That has to score him some Alpha points. Something I’ve noticed on range trips are Alpha-looking young men on the firing line with their bored girlfriends watching them shoot. Being able to get your girlfriend to tag along to something that bores her is certainly a sign of Alpha-ness.

    Anyway, here’s Andrew. Alpha or Beta?

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    September 3, 2018 at 12:41 AM

    • “he shoots guns, a huge number of them. That has to score him some Alpha points. ”

      I don’t think so.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 3, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    • That’s not a my little pony shirt.

      He doesn’t register on my highly sensitive creepy radar. Seems like a nice guy.

      His speech intonation and cadence are normal, nowhere near autistic level.

      I think what you’re picking up on is low self esteem or feeling uncomfortable with his weight which is very common in overweight individuals. He’s out of breath in one of the range shots, perhaps what you interpret as not quite right speech patterns.

      toomanymice

      September 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM

  16. Ot/- Look! Another celebrity spawn journalist is also gay:

    “said Jon Lovett on Twitter. Lovett is a former White House speechwriter and founder of Crooked Media, a media company that produces podcasts centered on political commentary, who has in the past been identified as Farrow’s partner.”

    Nice to know the news media reflects the lives of ordinary Americans who are celebrity kids and gay!

    Curle

    September 3, 2018 at 11:13 PM

    • News media articles are written not to inform readers but to browbeat Heritage Americans onto believing dysfunctional outliers like gays (and the entirety of the Coalition of the Fringes) are mainstream, normal Americans.

      Oswald Spengler

      September 4, 2018 at 11:17 AM


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