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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
    July 10, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

    Yeah this was quite a dramatic tale. The idea of Criados taking over the tale before the tale began is interesting – and in the end I think that this story is about Kei and Yuri healing Criados. He had wedded his consciousness to a machine but given himself no back door or escape route, he was just stuck there and rusted on his mind, body and spirit. They set him free. Different perhaps from Blade Runners's Replicants who simply ended, he I would like to think then roamed the stars.


  2. Josh Marsfelder
    July 11, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

    I definitely agree. Criados absolutely lives on now that the girls have helped him heal. Returned to the stars from whence he came. Tying into the transhumanist theme, it's a reconceptualization of death itself, and a reclamation from the Freudian death drive reading one could perhaps place onto conventional action cinema.


  3. Daru
    July 12, 2014 @ 11:11 pm

    Yeah mainstream action blockbusters really do have at their heart a big death drive (the sounds like a good title for one: Death Drive).


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