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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.

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  1. Daru
    December 4, 2014 @ 10:55 pm

    Hey Josh, great essay again and I did love this episode and it's themes of challenging the child-boy led militaristic structures.

    I'm an older sibling myself, with a younger brother and sister, and I would agree that I felt an ongoing sense of responsibility. I have to admit that I've not taken it on in a too serious way, as I aimed to remain as creative, fun and real and as vibrant as possible with regards to my path through life. I suppose really then not letting go of the childlike sense of wonder that you describe above. That's always been important to me.

    As far as "Kids are horrible" goes – my partner works at a nursery, and some of the stories about the behaviour of the children and what they attempt to do to each other that she comes home with are pretty outrageous – and that does not always refer to those of an early years age, but to the adult staff! She has had some awful experiences in nurseries where she was actually bullied by senior staff in front of children – so no wonder we see the inherited behaviour such as happens in this story.

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