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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. Ross
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

    When I was young, I didn't fully appreciate just how badly served Marina Sirtis was by the showmakers, but I do recall being actively aware in this episode, especially in the scene where she interposes herself between Beverly and the Romulan, that they were treating the character of Deanna like a grown-up here, and this was a big change for the better.


    • Prole Hole
      September 14, 2016 @ 9:57 am

      Waaaaay too late to matter, but Sirtis is by miles the biggest waste of the main cast in TNG. She becomes a genuinely compelling character, which is no mean feat, and gets my MPV award for the TNG movies (not a high bar to clear, admittedly) despite getting about five minutes of screen-time per movie. Once she finds her feet (which, to be fair, took some time) and the show learned how to use her, she’s really quite, quite wonderful, and Timescape is a great example of how to really engage with her character and usefully deploy her to do things that other members of the cast can’t (I don’t think this episode would work nearly as well if it had been Crusher instead of Troi).


  2. Daru
    January 10, 2016 @ 2:09 am

    I too have very vivid memories of the images from this story. I had completely forgotten that the incident here was down to an incursion from an alien race – lovely evocation by you of otherworldly beings stepping over the threshold from the mounds and barrows.


  3. Daru
    January 10, 2016 @ 2:10 am

    And I really love the imagery around Winter and ice that you used, lovely writing.


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