Meta Treks 49: A Kobayashi Maru Kind of Day / by Trek fm


Running Time: 1 hour 16 minutes 08 seconds
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In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison search for examples of stoicism in Star Trek. As an ancient Greek and Roman school of thought, stoicism emphasizes suppression of harmful emotions, recognizing the ebb and flow of the cosmos, the impermanence of all things, dutifulness and steadfastness in labor, acceptance of things beyond your control, acceptance of suffering as part of nature, and striving to make order where you are able. From Marcus Aurelius of Ancient Rome to Surak of Vulcan, Zachary and Mike examine the essence of stoicism, both inside and outside of the Star Trek universe.


Welcome to Episode 49 (00:01:42)
Meta Treks Feedback (00:02:22)
Initial Thoughts on Stoicism (00:05:02)
Stoicism and Cosmic Order (00:08:44)
Steadfastness and Temperance (00:11:03)
Are Vulcans Stoic? (00:15:36)
Stoicism Quiz Show - Marcus Aurelius or Surak of Vulcan? (00:17:54)
Tempering Emotions - "Gravity" and Young Tuvok (00:24:60)
All Things End (00:27:15)
The Kobayashi Maru - Military Discipline and Emotional Desensitization (00:29:40)
Are Klingons Stoic? Is Worf Stoic? (00:30:45)
Outer Stoicism vs. Inner Stoicism - Spock and Tuvok (00:36:42)
Hyperbole in "Parallax" - A "Tense" Situation (00:38:28)
Pragmatic Stoicism (00:44:58)
Jean-Luc Picard - An Almost Vulcan Quality (00:47:19)
Odo - A Need for Order (00:53:15)
Final thoughts (01:04:36)


Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison


Mike Morrison (Editor and Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Patrick Devlin (Associate Producer) Kay Shaw (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)