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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. James Pearson
    October 4, 2014 @ 7:02 am

    I just wanted to say thanks for your blog. I decided to rewatch TNG in time with your blog posts, buying the blu rays as I go along. It's been a while since I've seen these episodes and it's been great to revisit them with such an interesting and insightful commentary helping to lead me past the standard fan view of these stories. You are helping me find things to love about episodes I had written off.


  2. Josh Marsfelder
    October 4, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Thank you so much for saying that! I actually really, really needed to hear something like this right now, and I'm at once honoured, grateful and humbled that I've been able to provide that for you: That's precisely the sort of thing I hope this blog can offer people.

    I'm really happy you're enjoying the essays, and even more so that you're watching the Blu-rays: They really are the only way to see the series now.


  3. Daru
    October 22, 2014 @ 10:55 pm

    What a great piece of elucidation at the end of your essay regarding Picard speaking for the crew but not the Federation. That I had not seen before and it beautifully shifts the focus and hope for utopia away from the problematic Federation and into the kind of meaningful experience of community you spoke about a coupe of essays ago. Nice one.


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