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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. Daibhid C
    December 1, 2016 @ 1:55 pm

    Yeah, the cover is a bit “They’re being menaced by a figure in a quilted silver uniform with a disruptor pistol. Who could it possibly be?“, isn’t it?

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  2. mike
    December 5, 2016 @ 2:43 am

    Josh, please consider writing about Moana. I assume this is a thought that has already entered your mind.

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    • David Faggiani
      December 5, 2016 @ 3:57 pm

      Haha! I was about to suggest that too!

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      • Josh Marsfelder
        December 7, 2016 @ 12:24 am

        I suppose it’s to be expected someone was inevitably going to ask me about Moana 🙂

        I haven’t seen it, but I think I have a general idea of what it’s like based on the trailers and the precedent Disney has been setting over the past decade. The thing about movies for me is given where I live, going to see them is actually quite difficult, typically involving a two-hour journey by car into the next state. It has to be a really, really compelling movie for me to justify that commute.

        At the moment, Moana is not compelling enough for me to do that. It might be if it looks like it’s going to be particularly historically significant (though sadly I don’t get the sense it’s going to be breaking either Frozen or Zootopia‘s records), and if enough people want me to say something about it I suppose I can bang something together.

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  3. David Faggiani
    December 5, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

    By the way, Josh… have you seen ‘Arrival’ yet? Or read the short story it’s based on?

    I both read it and saw the film in the last two weeks, and thought you might have many thoughts on some of its similarities to ‘Emissary’ (and some wider DS9 themes – but it really is in some ways a remake/retweak of Emissary, as a standalone story, not a series pilot – hope that’s not too spoilerish!)

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    • Josh Marsfelder
      December 7, 2016 @ 12:29 am

      TBH I didn’t even know this movie or the short story attached to it existed. You’d probably be surprised at how little up I actually am on current science fiction.

      See my previous answer IRT Moana for my stance on current movies. I’ll try and bone up a bit on the story though.

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    December 7, 2016 @ 5:55 am

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