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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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Okay, I will be the first person to admit that I don't know anything technical about gymnastics. I have read several people's analysis of the recent (controversial?) women's individual gymnastic events, and I really have to say one thing -- NBC commentators really have to start realizing how bitter they sound. Repetitive claims of biased judging and, more importantly, snide comments about the judges' home country's inability to produce gymnastics medalists really just make you sound like a sore loser. Comments like "Does she really think she won a gold medal?" Um. She has one around her neck. They're playing her anthem. I think she does.

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