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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. Cleofis
    July 31, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    Phew I was afraid this was going to be come another Corbomite post, but it seems there's a light at the end of this particular tunnel after all 🙂 I am also glad to live in a world where the phrase "magickal tear in the fabric of the cosmos Gene Coon and Robert Bloch have ripped open" exists, is completely true, and is in reference to fucking "catspaw" of all things.


  2. Josh Marsfelder
    July 31, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    And "Metamorphosis" too, don't forget that one. But yes. the difference between "The Corbomite Maneuver" and now is that there is very clearly a way forward for the franchise that didn't exist before, and, no matter how morally bankrupt her story ends up, I know for a fact D.C. Fontana's scripts get leagues better.

    However that said next episode saps pretty much all the goodwill for the series I'd been building up over the course of the season so far. But even then Star Trek strikes back in a beautiful hail-Mary pass of an attempt to own its legacy and future.


  3. Froborr
    October 1, 2014 @ 5:38 am

    Absolutely loving the blog so far! But I come from the future with a question: why production order? Given you seem very interested in historical context, wouldn't airing order make more sense since that's when the episode actually enters pop culture? For example, saying this is when Kirk and Spock become pop culture icons–wouldn't that more likely be one of the episodes produced after this but aired before?


  4. Josh Marsfelder
    October 1, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    Coming also from the future, I first have to say welcome and hello and also cringe and apologize for this piece, which is obviously in need of a rewrite. Even though "Friday's Child" brings back unpleasant memories for me.

    The reason I tackle these shows in production order is because I tend to be more interested in their growth as materialistic textual artefacts then the straight Eruditorum structure might imply I am. I'm not doing straight psychochronography here; I'm also interested in the evolution of the positionalities of Star Trek's creative figures as it's a metaphor for the franchise's commitment to constant self-improvement.

    (And, as it pertains to "Friday's Child", I'm going to come right out and say I was terribly unfair to D.C. Fontana here. She's one of Star Trek's all-time greatest and most criminally underrated architects.)

    We already know Star Trek becomes a pop culture icon, I'm more interested in comparing and contrasting the text with its iconography and (particularly in the case of this series) showing how that in some cases comes from things other than the show itself. For example, the reason I highlight Kirk and Spock here is because this is the first time the text reflects their growing fame and notoriety in pop culture. In other words, this is the first time they start acting the way we think they would thanks to their reputation. You'll see this theme more clearly once I start seriously engaging with fan culture at the back end of this season.

    That and, well, I didn't want to be seen as a completely shameless and bald-faced me-too knock-off of Phil. I don't think I've been entirely successful.


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