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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. Sean Dillon
    February 15, 2016 @ 5:18 pm

    You know, that's pretty much how I would end my version of Best of Both Worlds: with the Federation going all imperialist and the Enterprise deciding that being an imperialist isn't all that healthy and abandoning the Federation. Of course, that could lead to some people going "grimdark! grimdark! kill kill kill!", so I'm not sure if it'd be worth it.

    Also, man is Worf a dick in the next episode. Is that how Ron usually writes him? Cause if so… wow. Just wow.


  2. Froborr
    February 15, 2016 @ 6:36 pm

    Yeah, some day I'm going to write at least a summary of my DS9 fix-fic (which starts just before the end of Season 6), and the Enterprise (D, because I'm just going to ignore that there were any movies with the TNG cast) definitely joins the fight against the Federation in the finale.

    Oh, the finale is Bajor and Deep Space Nine vs. a Federation fleet (led by Sloane and Adm. Ross) because the Federation has decided to blow up the wormhole to ensure the Dominion doesn't return, btw.

    I love when an old friend the audience may have forgotten about swoops in to save the day at the last minute, so that happens multiple times–the Enterprise is the first. Afterwards, while most of the crew of DS9 elect to stay on the station as Bajoran officers, Jadzia joins the crew of the now-renegade Enterprise to explore the Gamma Quadrant.


  3. Josh Marsfelder
    February 15, 2016 @ 8:12 pm

    You and I think along very similar lines, it would seem!

    And yes. Yes he is, and yes he does. Although, as I outline in my post on Part II, this is a bit of an unusual take on that particular trope.


  4. Daru
    March 6, 2016 @ 12:41 am

    I love the hell out of your ideas here Sean and Josh! This is basically my line of thinking too. As with character like Tasha, I have always been interested in seeing the fringes on the Federation and how those people are affected and how they can have thus a different perspective on it.

    I would dearly love a Star Trek TV show that somehow looks at the Federation from the outside.


  5. Daru
    March 6, 2016 @ 12:44 am

    One of the main things I really enjoyed about this two parter was the way we saw the crew getting a bit down and dirty with the actual life in the galaxy around them, shown especially through scenes like the bar scene. When I saw this for the first time it felt like I was suddenly watching the show transform more into the show I had really wanted.


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