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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. Ross
    July 8, 2015 @ 7:05 am

    I'm surprised about the Robin Williams angle. I could have sworn there was conventional wisdom back in the '90s that Williams disapproved of Trek because he read the Federation as a military dictatorship.

    But then, an awful lot of the wisdom convention bestowed on me later turned out to be lies.


  2. K. Jones
    July 13, 2015 @ 8:20 am

    I always remembered my mother pointing out that she'd seen Max Frewer somewhere, possibly on "Days of Our Lives" at some point. I never confirmed it via the internet, and don't plan to, but it sticks with you.

    There's something about this one. A level of artifice and playfulness – it's almost a better version of Outrageous Okona. For a long time, because of the terrible need for recurring thematics in titling, I confused this one with A Matter of Perspective and skipped it a lot, so I haven't given it the full critical treatment.

    But I like time travel, and I like time travel in Star Trek, and I really generally like when something Doctor Who-ish inserts itself into Star Trek's "straightforward" space imperialism narrative and makes everyone start asking questions about everything.


  3. Ross
    July 13, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    It's very weird to me now to remember how when I saw Matt Frewer in this, him being Max Headroom seemed like incredibly ancient history from the Before Time, given that it was only about three years.


  4. Daru
    July 13, 2015 @ 9:20 pm

    Yeah it's funny how time can distort with memory – as I find I feel the same, as Max Headroom seemed like it had happened so long ago! And in some way that show still seems to hold such a nostalgic weight in me.


  5. Daru
    July 13, 2015 @ 9:24 pm

    Love this episode and love Matt Frewer. I saw this by chance in my local pub recently (a lovely little living room of a bar populated by three crazy collie dogs and run by the Doctor Who gan Hector) and it was such a lovely surprise to see it playing on the big screen TV – "I remember this!", I went to my partner, and how good it was to be reminded of it and to read about it now. Love your time pieces Josh.


  6. Daru
    July 13, 2015 @ 9:24 pm

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  7. Daru
    July 13, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

    Rats – I meant to say Fan!


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