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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. Flex
    October 18, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    I think I'm going to offer the highest praise I can possibly think of: wow, I need to go rewatch this ASAP.


  2. K. Jones
    October 21, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    A scathing critique of the argument that scientific logic and emotion are a fixed, binary set of choices, if I ever saw one. A mature deconstruction of all those shallow logic v. emotion attempts from previous seasons.

    Not to say there aren't at least 10 episodes of season 3 I find excellent, but "The Empath" is still a diamond in the rough.


  3. Josh Marsfelder
    October 21, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    I hope you enjoy rewatching it as much as I did!


  4. Josh Marsfelder
    October 21, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    Perhaps like a comet's tail, shining in the dark…


  5. BerserkRL
    December 20, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

    Incidentally Starlog was edited by Kerry O'Quinn, who as a Randian would likewise have been hostile to the reason/emotion dichotomy. (There's a lot more to be said about the Trek/Rand connection, particularly as regards the Marshak/Culbreath Star Trek novels, but Sufficit diei.)


  6. Daru
    January 18, 2014 @ 9:07 am

    Love this episode and thanks for a great article on it – one that beautifully looks forwards to the future…


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