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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. Froborr
    December 28, 2015 @ 7:28 am

    I feel like my love for Lwaxana Troi has much more to do with DS9 than TNG to be honest; TNG has a few too many of those obnoxious attempts at comedy with her. Some of which I do retroactively enjoy–I like how she discomfits Picard, and how demanding she is–but I think only because of the side of her we see in her relationship with Odo.


  2. K. Jones
    December 28, 2015 @ 11:33 am

    I love Lwaxana herself far more than I ever used to think I would (and in spite of not every episode being the solidest). It's a direct result of getting older, as mother figures became less embarrassing and more interesting. But she just generally has an uptick after the less interesting post-Haven appearances, particularly once she's appearing on both shows.

    I liked that beat about her empathy rippling out over the station because of how that very notion gets played up to a comedic extreme in a season or two's "Fascination".


  3. Daru
    January 11, 2016 @ 10:12 pm

    I remember this episode very well and recall whilst watching it with my partner being very touched by the interactions between Odo and Lwaxana. I do love the affect that Lwaxana has on the show in general, and I too felt that there is a bit of a theme of Dax's character being poorly served by the writing. Lovely episode.


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