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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. 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!


  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!


  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.


  4. Jackieray
    May 9, 2023 @ 3:40 pm

    Spenser and hawk are great I live watching them..they work great off each other..I thoughSusan Silverman I thought was a great person intill she got abortion with the spenser tho he wanted ed it but she was filling his head about findinerself ..then she took off at the end of season 1…then returned like nothing happened..Spenser asked to marry her or even live together she said no..Evan after she found herself and comes to turns with what he did for a living…then she tell doctor he wanted kids after she found maybe mas on her ovaries…not a fan of hers


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