Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Tattoo”


An attempt to show respect to Indigenous cultures instead proves to be a disastrous, patronizing portrayal of Indigenous people as if they had a single culture, which is one of the many awful issues with this episode, leavened only by a delightful EMH B-plot with Robert Picardo being awesome. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch doesn’t care why Chakotay has a “Tattoo.”

An excerpt:

In the three decades since “The Paradise Syndrome,” we’ve gone from portraying Indigenous people as ignorant savages who talk like children and who need a white dude to come and show them how to do cool things like irrigation and gourds, to here portraying Indigenous people as noble “primitives” who are at one with nature and are a pure form of humanity. Or, uh, something.

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