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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
    November 9, 2015 @ 9:15 am

    Even just on a conceptual level Dax makes more sense, as then it's a direct one-to-one "science officer team-up". But I think Bashir works fine in spite of that. His earnestness and newness lend credibility to borrowing the Enterprise lab. And I always found a degree of cool irony in his fascination with Data, and how he focused on the bits of normalcy that make Data, a super-being, seem like a regular human.

    Because obviously there's some major unintentional foreshadowing there.

    Is this the first time a TNG B-plot has been almost/equally important to its A-plot? This kind of parallel becomes pretty common on DS9 right up to the point where it just shifts wholly into being a constant rotating ensemble made up of massive arc blocks, but it virtually never happened on TNG … but off hand already just thinking about the rest of Season 6 and 7, will happen with happy regularity for the rest of the show.


  2. K. Jones
    November 9, 2015 @ 9:16 am

    Crap, I do realize now after writing that of course, just how much I want not only a Data/Dax team-up … but also a Beverly/Julian team-up.


  3. Josh Marsfelder
    November 9, 2015 @ 3:15 pm

    Well, at least we get one of the two in the next crossover 😉


  4. Daru
    December 20, 2015 @ 10:26 pm

    Oh my, if I remember correctly this whole dream plotline with Data is another story which is right up there for me! Is this the one where the episode ends within Data's dream and the final shot is of the camera soaring out of the ship's hull and into space? I get this confused with another episode maybe. But I utterly love the whole dream journey that Data takes and somehow I feel this along with Emissary are the stories that got me hooked in with mystical ideas early in my twenties.

    Big shame about Dax.


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