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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. K. Jones
    December 16, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    It's a sort of nitpick, but I'm curious why you aren't using the Production Order to analyze The Animated Series. Ultimately either way serves, and I'm sure whatever additional context we might get by analyzing these stories in "order created" is negligible, or at least equivalent to the context of "order in which they entered the pop vernacular."

    But what interests me about the Production Order is where it begins (with our next episode). We have two out of three of the first three episodes acting as sequels to the more popular Original Series episodes, along with one written by Walter Koenig himself. They really front-loaded Season 1 of TAS with the proper fan-bait material.


  2. Josh Marsfelder
    December 16, 2013 @ 11:30 pm

    I am, or at least, I thought I was? From what I gathered, the production order and airdate order for the Animated Series was much closer than the one for the Original Series, with only a few episodes out of place.

    Maybe Memory Alpha is wrong here?


  3. Josh Marsfelder
    December 17, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    Looks like you're right: Production number and airdate number do seem to be quite different. I guess I was tripped up because the wiki pages don't actually list them in that order like they do for some of the other shows.


    Well, I will say had I started with tomorrow's episode rather than "Beyond the Farthest Star" I would have been significantly less enthusiastic and positive about the Animated Series. Not that it's bad, mind it's just…well, I'll leave that for tomorrow.


  4. BerserkRL
    December 22, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    in the manner of Sirens (or really, the Rhine Maidens from Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen

    Or, well, Heine's actual Lorelei, which predates Wagner's Ring.

    Why was it necessary to randomly evoke the Ring Cycle?

    See above.


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