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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. Theonlyspiral
    November 25, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    Believe it or not, this has made me actually want to go and watch this episode.


  2. Josh Marsfelder
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    Happy to oblige!

    I mean it's not exactly the most watchable episode in the series, but you can find some fun things about it…


  3. 5tephe
    December 5, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    You're not alone, Spiral.


  4. 5tephe
    December 5, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    Oh, and now that we are actually at the end of the Original Series, can I request your updated watch-list, Josh? You said a few episodes back you had made one for your sister (in law? can't remember properly now), but that you would have changed one or two episodes on it.

    I would like to see if I can't introduce my daughter to Star Trek, and doing so from the perspective of this blog would be a pretty good starting point, I reckon.


  5. Josh Marsfelder
    December 5, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Check back in the next few days (most likely over the weekend): I've got a post lined up especially for that purpose 🙂


  6. Daru
    January 27, 2014 @ 2:14 am

    Y'know I agree with everyone here – despite the admitted flaws in the story, your post makes me want to watch this again too! Thanks so far for your epic run on TOS – looking forwards to the future!


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