Star Trek: Picards Tears – Diamanda Hagan

I thought it was time for us to discuss the issue of Captain Picards testicles.

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Screams from the Netherworld of fandom. Diamanda Hagan, reviews movies and rants about them online.

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11 Comments on "Star Trek: Picards Tears – Diamanda Hagan"

intothebreach
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I’d always read assimilation, especially that of Picard to be more analogous or allegorical to rape than castration. All the reactions you pointed out, the tears in the act, the impotent, out of character overtly masculine rage after the fact, line up with that explanation too.

Is this the part where I mention I’m male born male? No? Okay.

ulysess
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I totally agree that they were cut off however just like all the other organs the Borg cut out and threw away Star Fleet grew him new ones and surgically attached them.

Snorgatch Pandalume
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Interesting theory. While it’s true the Borg would view genitalia as “irrelevant,” considering that you can get DNA usable for cloning from almost anywhere in the human body, they wouldn’t necessarily view them as a detriment either. Genitals would be considered useless for their purposes, but you could say that about lots of things in the human body, like the appendix, or wisdom teeth. Considering how fungible and disposable drones are (they’re basically just ants), the Collective might not think it worth bothering to remove the genitalia of every species they encounter (some of which could be very different from… Read more »
Maarons
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Not only that, but 7-of-9’s boobs wouldn’t have served any purpose either. And yet she came out with some nice honkers afterward. So the Collective clearly doesn’t care. The Borg don’t eat, the nano-probes handle all biological needs, and I suspect the drawers from Q-Who were and early iteration of the maturation chambers used for assimilated children. Hell, even the Queen has some breast contours on her prosthetic body which is further proof that it’s a non-issue for them. Another thing to consider though is, Borg drones are incredibly strong usually regardless of gender meaning a need for sexual dimorphism… Read more »
Snorgatch Pandalume
Guest

Yow, I hadn’t even thought of 7-of-9’s boobs (talk about not seeing the forest for the trees)! Yes, definitely an inefficient waste of tissue, no matter what horny fanboys think!

Maarons
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I pointed some other things out too below.

Maarons
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Even though he was Quantum Leaped into his younger self in a way, Picard did have sex with his former classmate in Tapestry and he and Beverly DID get married (and divorced) in All Good Things… even if that was a creation by Q as a possible future. Also, if the Borg find naughty parts a pointless component, why would 7-of-9 not have her ovaries removed when she was assimilated? She would avoid having a pointless menstruation period… She was taken as a child before puberty and yet, when she came out, her hips were wider and she had boobs.… Read more »
Snorgatch Pandalume
Guest

All good points!

turkeypedal
Guest
He doesn’t have to have had them removed. The borgification and deborgification could have just made him sterile. That fits everything else you gave, and most of Voyager. The only issue is that B’Elanna Torres still got pregnant (unintentionally) after being borgified. But there’s the idea that it didn’t affect women as much, that maybe the de-borgification tech had gotten better, and the fact that they went in planning to be de-borgified. Plus, we learn that different Borg get different alterations. Maybe she just wasn’t the kind who needed to be sterilized. Still, Seven of Nine is presented in a… Read more »
turkeypedal
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Also, Voyager showed that the kids weren’t from reproducing. They were children who were assimilated. Which makes sense–why would the Borg still assimilate individuals if they could reproduce?

Even the Queen is a specific species, even if she is more machine than man.

Gukkor
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I think they’d remove his genitalia if it became necessary for the specific modifications they were making to his body, but wouldn’t bother otherwise. They may or may not have castrated him, but I think the process probably rendered him sterile regardless. The physical modifications, the nanomachines flooding the body, the significantly higher preferred temperature of Borg environments, they all add up to an environment that would be pretty damn hostile for sperm production. And sure, 24th-century medical tech could probably fix or circumvent that, but Picard comes from an exceedingly traditional family; it might be important to him that… Read more »
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