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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. 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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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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