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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. 5tephe
    April 13, 2014 @ 11:01 pm

    Oh my gods but you are so right!

    I haven't taken the time to watch it yet, but just had to jump in and say that I am REALLY EXCITED to, after that loving and brilliant essay! More to follow in about 40 minutes…!


  2. Ross
    April 14, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

    The Amazing Grace scene did quite a bit for me to redeem Spock's Funeral. It had started to bother me some time before that the only thing even a little spockish about the funeral is that he's the guest of honor. Why would they be playing an old christian hymn rather than something Vulcan? The delightfully simple answer: Spock had heard the song at some point and was fond of it. (I mean that, and, as MST3K said, "This song / is in / The public / Domain / That's why/ We used / it twice"

    (Not fully redeem it, of course. "His was the most human"? That's mighty white of you, Jim.)


  3. 5tephe
    April 15, 2014 @ 1:43 am

    Grrr. Totally wouldn't play for me last night, and now I won't have time to watch it for the next couple of days! But the first few minutes look great, much as you described.


  4. Daru
    April 16, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

    I really love the work done by the Phase II team. One thing in particular I really enjoy is seeing a re-visioning of the characters in a way that is different from and not slavish to TOS. This is a real work of passion, positivity and love – all of which shines through.

    Thanks so much for covering these !


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