The struggle in terms of the strange

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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.


    March 26, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

    I'm totally unfamiliar with the Phase II stories (besides the fact that they thought "The Child" was somehow a script worth holding onto), but from your description, I'm seeing a lot more in common with of Voyager's "The Thaw" than "The Neutral Zone."


  2. Josh Marsfelder
    March 26, 2014 @ 6:46 pm

    Considering I haven't actually seen Star Trek Voyager since it aired I'll take your word for it. A quick check on Memory Alpha would seem to indicate there are at least some superficial similarities between the two.

    There's one other story the Next Generation team cribbed from Phase II: "Devil's Due" in the fourth season. They had even less of an excuse that time.


  3. BerserkRL
    March 30, 2014 @ 9:01 am

    a plot so dull and facile it led Roger Ebert to once memorably compare it unfavourably to The Little Engine That Could

    Well, it's the same plot as the Gospels, which have been reasonably successful.


  4. BerserkRL
    March 30, 2014 @ 9:03 am

    the exact same imperialism, syncretism and cultural appropriation that defines the rest of the West

    Imperialism is bad. But syncretism and cultural appropriation are good.


  5. Daru
    April 4, 2014 @ 9:05 pm

    Wow this sounds quite wonderful. To me I feel pretty sad then that this was never made, but so glad that these themes seem to have woven in to the show later on. These are the kind of stories that I find the most interesting in Trek – those who take the idea of exploration into the realms of consciousness. Often these are the stories that stay with me for years and I can find a lot of inspiration in. In many ways tales of this type that cropped up during my first watch of TNG kicked off integral parts of my life journey.

    Forget space battle. THIS is where the show comes to life for me. As you say: magick, the Magick's of the living cosmos, dreaming itself and becoming conscious of the experience.


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