Feb. 4th, 2013

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Okay, so ... ages ago, when Ensign Sue Must Die first came out, I read and greatly enjoyed the comic, and had it recommended to me more than once. It was short, clever, and cute.

I recently learned that there is a sequel up called Ensign Two: Wrath of Sue. I read through what's up right now, and I gather that Kirk, Spock, the Doctor, and Sherlock travel through multiple dimensions and will (at some point?) capture different Mary Sues in different universe via Pokeballs.

While I understand that this set-up is to maximize the different universes and jokes the webcomic creators can use, I ... feel like there is an interesting (read: unfortunate) implication underlying the fact that the writers/artists are choosing to have four male characters travel through multiple universes to systematically eliminate all the female characters*, when it's likely that Mary Sues were originally written in fandoms like Star Trek precisely because there were so few female characters on the show -- writers wanted to add in more female characters that were like themselves.**

There's still a lot of potential for the webcomic creators to not fail on this front (especially since there are only 7 pages out, and they haven't even started on their dimension-hopping adventures yet), but ... yeah.***




*While Uhura showed up in Ensign Sue Must Die, neither she nor any other non-Sue female character has showed up in Ensign Two.

**Okay, I entirely made up this origin but it's plausible. If Mary Sues originated in Star Trek fandom (well, the term did, at least), Star Trek does tend to be characterized by a "Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor" vibe, and I can easily see how female fans wanted more people like themselves on the show, and so would write fanfics featuring author avatars -- because it was the closest they would get.

***It's really late at night, and I have to wake up early tomorrow, so "But ... yeah" is about as eloquent as I'm going to get.

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