Meta Treks 30: Riker Rejuvenated / by Trek fm

The Philosophy of Insurrection.

Running Time: 1 hour 23 minutes 32 seconds
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Coming off the heels of the blockbuster success of Star Trek: First Contact, the next TNG-era feature film Star Trek: Insurrection returned to Star Trek's philosophical roots by focusing on a strong moral dilemma, social commentary, and character interaction. Although Insurrection is not usually cited as a fan-favorite among TNG-era Star Trek films, Insurrection is a classic Star Trek morality play containing an impressive number of philosophical layers, given its otherwise lighthearted tone.

In this episode of Meta Treks: A Star Trek Philosophy Podcast, hosts Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling explain their fondness for Star Trek: Insurrection and discuss its interwoven philosophical themes, such as the ethics of forced relocation and eminent domain, balancing the needs of the many with the rights of the few, civil disobedience and the responsibility to act on moral conviction, anti-technological social commentary, the themes of family and reconciliation, the Ba'ku Fountain of Youth and the meaning of life in the 24th Century, and the importance of finding joy in small moments, even in the face of great trials.


Welcome to Episode 30 (00:01:32)
Memories of Star Trek: Insurrection (00:03:36)
Initial Thoughts (00:06:27)
Relocating the Ba'ku - The Needs of the Many vs. the Rights of the Few (00:16:14)
Comparing Insurrection and TNG "Journey's End" (00:26:04)
Moral Conviction and Civil Disobedience - The Responsibility to Act (00:29:14)
The Ba'ku and Anti-Technological Social Commentary (00:34:57)
Reconciliation Theme (00:39:40)
The Fountain of Youth and the Meaning of Life (00:43:07)
The Human Condition - Finding Joy in Small Moments (00:51:31)
Son'a as Prodigal Children (00:55:14)
Are the Son'a in Thomas Hobbes's State of Nature? (00:59:39)
Final Thoughts (01:06:25)


Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling


Dennis Castello (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Patrick Devlin (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)