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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. David Faggiani
    April 4, 2016 @ 10:53 pm

    Colm Meaney is excellent. That Bashir-based paranoia direction would have been fascinating, due to revelations in later Seasons! Not that anyone was thinking of that development at this stage of production/writing.


  2. K. Jones
    April 8, 2016 @ 10:27 am

    I'm sort of anxious about rewatching this and actually applying the anxiety metaphor to it. I've always disliked this episode, not for its quality – I recall it's quite good – but for weird personal reasons that I realize are probably because it's a bit close to home.


  3. Daru
    April 9, 2016 @ 7:57 am

    "The Chief's workmanlike honour in the face of death is unbelievably moving, and is light years beyond anything that has ever been done with the Klingons ever."

    Bang on the button. I find that nowadays I have little time for the so-called heroics of Kilngons. The Chief has always had way much more grace and depth of being than the Klingons have.

    Interesting to hear you talk about your own reflections on yourself in response to the story. Despite seeming to be in a lot on my work and public life an eccentric and outgoing performer and person who is always with people, it was really my journey of exploring oral storytelling and eventually performing that developed my self-confidence. Prior to that I was pretty crippled with regards to my ability to reach out to people, mainly through the low sense of self I had and the poor state of my my own internal monologue. I know what it's like to go through what O'Brien went through.

    I do happily also love my quiet time and having the opportunity to not be the performer and to be in the background.

    I did find this stunning, touching and also hard to watch – especially seeing such a heartful character as the Chief being put through the wringer – but do love this episode.


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