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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 23, 2013 @ 5:12 am

    I'd rather an interesting story with good ideas that doesn't quite make it to the finish line, any old time, over a dull story full of retrograde notions. I'll say for Infinite Vulcan, that it effectively does something that would have been incredibly difficult for the Original Series: depicting fifty foot characters.

    And I think there's enough novelty in plant-based sentient lifeforms being master cloners, in the application of more Eugenics history (and thus a bit of loose, well-utilized continuity), as well as that bit of neat foreshadowing.

    Perhaps as the second episode on the production list, this episode is a better example of what we can "hope" will be the base-level standard for this series.


  2. Josh Marsfelder
    December 23, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    Oh, absolutely. That's fair.

    There's a lot to like here, and as frustrated as I was the episode didn't quite manage to pull everything together at the last minute it's still a great, forward thinking little entry.


  3. BerserkRL
    December 23, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    He doesn't look infinitely large in that pic. False advertising!


    December 23, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

    Seeing as how he survives the episode, I'm kind of surprised we never heard anything more from Spock-2. It seems like he'd be a gold mine for the expanded universe writers.

    "We have this very specialized problem, and the only expert in this is Mr. Spock! But Spock is currently doing his schtick on Romulus, how do we… wait, wasn't there a fifty-foot clone with all of Spock's memories?"


  5. Daru
    February 9, 2014 @ 9:47 am

    In a way I kind of look forwards to seeing this, if only for the exploration of the ideas. I am just trying to catch up with your blog, I do have TAS to look at and may pop in comments once watched, but enjoying you as ever!


  6. Jabelson
    August 25, 2023 @ 11:25 pm

    The Infinite Vulcan ends on a racist theme:
    kirk asks Sulu to teach him a throw and Sulu replies – it’s not just physical, you know – you have to be inscrutable (an old Asian stereotype)
    and Kirk says – Sulu, you’re the most scrutable man I know – and Sulu breaks the 4th wall and winks at us…


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