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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
    February 22, 2014 @ 10:08 am

    You know, I just want to say that apart from issue four (which does sound stand-out amazing story wise!), this just looks like it must have been a tough thing to write. Not from the quality of your writing, but just from the fact really they sound pretty dull. It is a big problem when they can't get enough consistency to do what number four did and use the limits of the medium properly.

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  2. Josh Marsfelder
    February 23, 2014 @ 9:55 am

    This, and "The Enterprise Experiment", were incredibly hard to write about (though "Experiment" for different reasons). To the point I need to re-think my posting schedule, as I'm actually not sure I can handle another IDW miniseries at this point.

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  3. Daru
    February 23, 2014 @ 11:51 pm

    Yeah I can imagine that it was tough. I am not generally that keen on IDW's output, though I do buy and enjoy the reprint omnibuses of Marvel's Doctor Who stories. But that's about it, I have tried to have a look at other original IDW DW stories but something seems to be missing. Amazing that we had that one great tale Show Time in issues four still – that's one good outcome and I am still glad to have heard about it.

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  4. BerserkRL
    April 3, 2014 @ 7:12 pm

    The show has frustratingly shied away from actually taking a firm stand against eugenics

    One reason for this may be the worry that a firm stand against eugenics can easily morph into prejudice against individuals who are its products. At least that seems to be the worry in DS9.

    And it's a valid worry. Of course the pro-eugenics position runs the corresponding risk of prejudice against individuals who are not its products.

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  5. BerserkRL
    April 3, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

    In other words, the Julian Bashir problem vs. the Vincent Freeman problem.

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  6. Josh Marsfelder
    April 4, 2014 @ 8:11 am

    I'd momentarily forgotten about "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?". You raise a good point though. I have more to say on that topic and perhaps a slightly different reading of the episode, but that'll have to wait until the 1990s.

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