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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. Cleofis
    February 26, 2016 @ 9:29 am

    On the one hand, I think the critique of DS9 being deliberately designed as the anti-thesis of a safe and accessible space is, on an extra-diegetic level, totally valid. Diegetically, however, it makes sense it would be that it's a Cardassian station designed to reflect Cardassian sensibilities, and as well we know Cardassia is a fascist, imperialist state that likely has no fucks to give for the differently abled or most anyone who doesn't fit into their particular hegemony.

    Of course, this could have opened up a storytelling angle whereby we examine the process of what a utopian reclamation of such a space would like, how it would adapt to and change its environment to better suit people like Melora; hell, O'Brien's constant McGuyvering and fixing up of the station would have been a perfect vehicle for that. That kind of conflict could have been both constructive and interesting to watch, but sadly we never really get to see it (or at least not as far as I can remember).

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  2. Daru
    March 6, 2016 @ 1:19 am

    "Of course, this could have opened up a storytelling angle whereby we examine the process of what a utopian reclamation of such a space would like, how it would adapt to and change its environment to better suit people like Melora; hell, O'Brien's constant McGuyvering and fixing up of the station would have been a perfect vehicle for that."

    I'd watch the hell out of that!

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