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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. Froborr
    December 31, 2015 @ 12:44 pm

    So, I rewatched this yesterday, and I have to say, I don't read there being a sexual or romantic element to Kira's recruitment of Dax at all. It doesn't read like flirting to me, but rather recruitment–a non-ironic echo of Odo's "recruitment" of Bashir later in the episode.


  2. Daru
    January 11, 2016 @ 10:22 pm

    I really enjoyed the basic idea of this episode as I love a story generally that explores the ideas around performativity. Yeah for me too I think there was an "evil bisexual seduction scene" and I don't have any time for that kind of othering either. I think that there are some more episodes coming up that made me groan even worse if I remember right. Anyways. loved the basic premise and the rest of the characters tho.


  3. Dustin
    February 17, 2016 @ 3:51 am

    I failed to notice a few episodes earlier, but Kira's uniform has changed. They've ditched that nice flared jacket and stuck her in a jumpsuit. One step down the road toward the catsuit they'll eventually stuff her into. Star Trek is about to become overwhelmed with catsuits (the ghost of William Ware Theiss' revenge?)


  4. Josh Marsfelder
    February 17, 2016 @ 8:13 am

    Yeah, Kira's uniform does change midway through the first season. But the original look wasn't entirely a stylistic choice either, it was there to disguise the fact Nana Visitor had given birth just weeks prior to filming on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine beginning.

    I actually don't mind this uniform for her. I think it looks trim and professional. And even Nana Visitor said herself it was supposed to look military.

    Now, once you get into 1995 and beyond, that's a far different story. Yeesh.


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