The struggle in terms of the strange

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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. Ross
    April 25, 2016 @ 10:20 am

    As is usually the case when Trek does evolution, I think the fan-consensus-criticism was even worse than the episode in terms of dodgy science.

    But the main thing that stuck with me all these years is a bit where Data just offhandedly is like, "Oh, we don't need to worry about Worf; he probably wandered off to eat one of the more defenseless crewmen."


  2. Daru
    May 16, 2016 @ 9:48 pm

    I really dug the Cronenberg type body horror in this one. Imagine if the tone of the second half was where we started immediately, with all the crew apart from Data and Picard who discover them? I'm often willing to brush aside vague science of tone, character and atmosphere really work well.


  3. Daru
    May 16, 2016 @ 10:04 pm

    And I love the 'Survival' reference!


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