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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. Jack Graham
    July 18, 2014 @ 4:08 am

    Raiders is an example of a politically egregious movie I can't help loving. And I feel no shame at all. It's partly because it came along when I was the perfect age for it, and partly because its just so bloody well made. The extended action sequences – particularly the truck chase – are some of the greatest ever filmed.


  2. Josh Marsfelder
    July 18, 2014 @ 11:17 am

    Oh, from a production and effects standpoint Raiders is marvelous. A legitimate and rightly named watershed. And Harrison Ford is of course as charming as he always is.

    I start to lose my good graces for the movie when people start talking about what a Strong Female Character Marion is, however.


  3. Daru
    August 14, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

    Other examples in the UK of TV shows similar to Legends of the Hidden Temple include The Crystal Maze, which starred Richard O'Brian from of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the earlier Adventure Game – though this one is kind of different in nature from the old serials type of standard plot that you mention, it's still great and worth watching (loads on YouTube).

    I have to admit to liking the Indiana Jones movies, but in a childish way as that's the level they feel geared at.


  4. Josh Marsfelder
    August 15, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    I remember Phil Sandifer writing about The Adventure Game on TARDIS Eruditorum a couple years ago-It sounded fun!

    I guess there is some enjoyment to be had in Indiana Jones if you approach it from that level, but, as was the case with Star Wars, I grow concerned when people try to turn those films into something bigger and more intelligent than that. And even so I still have ethical concerns with the depiction of women and nonwhite people.


  5. Daru
    August 15, 2014 @ 11:04 pm

    Yes agree completely – I should clarify that I meant I enjoyed the films as a child, as really that's their level of appeal. As a kid and a teen they were the epitome of escapism. So yeah any kind of liking in through my own nostalgia really.

    The Adventure Games are awesome yes!


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