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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. Froborr
    May 9, 2016 @ 9:16 am

    Wonderful piece.

    I think–as Nana Visitor alludes to–a lot of the complaint about Intendant Kira's portrayal has to do with later episodes, where like everything else about the Mirror Universe she decays into a cartoon caricature of herself, and part of that is becoming a pretty straightforward instance of the "depraved bisexual" cliche.

    I do love that Miles O'Brien is the unchangeable point across universes. STO plays with this in a (sadly, now deleted) episode in which we learn that "Smiley" named his ship the Molly.


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