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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. Daru
    February 9, 2014 @ 10:12 am

    Again – wow, quite an essay. I am going to have to revisit this once I have watched the episode, as I have no memory at all of it!


  2. Froborr
    October 11, 2014 @ 9:08 am

    Hmm. Part of what Carroll was doing with the Alice books was deliberately overextending and misapplying logic. That's what "ca'n't" was about–since you use the apostrophe to indicate the missing "o" in "not," why not have one for the "n" in "can" as well? Here I see you then take that logic and and misapply it yourself, to get "was'n't" and "is'n't." Intentional? I'm going to assume yes, and applaud.

    This episode annoys me, though, because Spock is wrong! The Queen of Hearts is from Alice in Wonderland, the Red Queen is from Through the Looking Glass. Although… hmm… running faster and faster to stay in one place. Is that the figure of time who never shows up?

    I must admit to being baffled as to who "Other Scotty" is. You already listed Gabler and the Thought Duplicator… is there another character Doohan voiced?


  3. Josh Marsfelder
    October 11, 2014 @ 9:16 am

    I don't usually like commenting on these sorts of essays, but for you I'll just say "Yes, yes, and partially yes" 🙂


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