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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. Howard Weinstein
    October 29, 2022 @ 6:45 pm

    Hi, L.I. Underhill — I just stumbled across this essay of yours from quite a few years ago. In case you’re still monitoring comments on this ol’ blog, thanks for the kind words about the episode and how I happened to be fortunate enough to sell this script when I was indeed a 19-yr-old college junior at UConn. I don’t generally seek out critiques of stuff I’ve written (especially from so long ago) — who wants to find out some stranger HATED your work?!? So this was a pleasant surprise all around. Your thoughtful notes on how the story might have been better are intriguing, and I don’t disagree. Hindsight, right? The only real changes I made from the first draft were to satisfy producer Lou Scheimer’s order that I get Kirk off the bridge, to take advantage of animation’s unlimited ability to take the crew to even stranger new worlds. So that led to the confrontation on the asteroid. Best regards — Howard Weinstein

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