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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. Douglas McDonald
    August 23, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

    I really enjoyed this piece – I've always found Avery Brooks to be underappreciated as an actor and as a person, and I'm very glad to see that you have stressed (and plan to stress further) both his talents and his diverse range of accomplishments. While, I must confess, I have not seen Dirty Pair and hence found it difficult to enjoy your coverage of that show (even on a theoretical level), I'm glad to see your analysis can still enliven even the most seemingly cliched corners of 80s American TV (like Spenser for Hire). Looking forward to future posts!

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  2. Josh Marsfelder
    August 23, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

    Glad to be of service! Avery Brooks' contributions are some of my favourite aspects of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, so I definitely wanted to emphasize that as early as possible.

    Sorry Dirty Pair has been such a drag for you. Actually, part of the reason I decided to cover the show episode-by-episode is because I discovered the whole franchise was on YouTube and I could embed the videos into my blog posts. I don't know if you knew they were there or not as I know some people have problems with my embedded videos, but they are. If you ever get the opportunity to sit down with them and catch up with the show, I hope you take it and enjoy it!

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  3. Daru
    September 2, 2014 @ 7:04 am

    Avery Brooks is not someone I knew as an actor before Deep Space Nine, so thanks for the insight into him. When I saw him in DS9 (I still need to watch some of it) I was struck certainly by his acting presence.

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