Meta Treks 92: Prepaid Long-Distance Mind Meld / by Trek fm

Discovery Season 1 - Essential Trek Philosophy


Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes 26 seconds
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We in the 21st century do not live in an age of mythology as the ancient Greeks and Romans did, with epic heroes and narratives to provide context and meaning for our lives. Yet we hunger and thirst for meaning, as humans have done since the dawn of human history and consciousness. To its fans, Star Trek has become a form of modern mythology, with its own ethos, purposefulness, and meaningfulness, and with its own epic heroes—whether Captain Kirk in the Original Series or Michael Burnham in Star Trek: Discovery—whose journeys, struggles, and overcoming of obstacles are reminiscent of the existential journeys of classical epic heroes, from Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey to Dante Alighieri in the Divine Comedy.

In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling discuss the philosophical themes in season one of Star Trek: Discovery, from speculative and theoretical issues in contemporary physics and biology—emergence, panspermia, and panpsychism—to existential questions of self-identity and self-definition—including the rise, fall, and redemption of Michael Burnham, the Federation's struggle to maintain its ideals during wartime and in the face of imminent threats to its very existence, and the emerging unification and national identity of the Klingon Empire.


Intro (00:01:19)
Initial Thoughts About Star Trek: Discovery - Season One (00:2:31)
Essential Trek Philosophy Essentials (00:17:19)
Context is for Kings (00:19:06)
The Vulcan Hello / Battle at the Binary Stars (00:27:07)
The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry / Choose Your Pain (00:37:50)
Lethe (00:42:43)
Will You Take My Hand? (00:50:54)
Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad (00:59:03)
Final Thoughts (01:04:58)
Recap (01:12:48)
Closing (01:13:55)


Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling


Mike Morrison (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Patrick Devlin (Associate Producer) Kay Shaw (Associate Producer) Mark Walker (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)