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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. K. Jones
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    I hadn't thought of using Uhura as wise-ass until now, and it does seem to be a constant source of amusement to have a Communications Officer be a bit comedically over-communicative. I haven't got to watching this yet, but I do see some fun overlap between these K-7 Tribble episodes, and the concept of "space stations having regular recurring casts", and the eventual Deep Space Nine, and therein DS9's absolutely appropriate choice of which TOS episode to revisit.

    Glommers also bring to mind Worf's declaration that the Empire declared war on Tribbles – he didn't say how they fought that war, and it seems silly in hindsight to imagine armies of Klingon soldiers and civilians scooping up space vermin, or rallying massive pesticide units, when they have the option of genetically engineering a perfect Tribble predator.

    Fun stuff.


  2. Froborr
    October 11, 2014 @ 4:21 am

    I think I got two episodes confused… in my memory, the Klingon commander in this episode was not Koloth but a new character, a Klingon Kirk had somehow trained with at some point in the past? Is there an episode with such a Klingon or is my memory just all wonky?


  3. Josh Marsfelder
    October 11, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    I don't recall any episode like that, to be honest…The only other appearance of the Klingons in the Animated Series is, if I recall correctly, Kor in "The Time Trap", and I certainly don't remember that being a plot point.


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