Mental Health, Part I: Discovery and TOS.
In space, no-one can hear you scream—whether out of terror or sheer misery. But while Federation doctors seem to hold the cure for virtually any ailment in the barrel of a hypospray, looking after their crews’ mental health can be more challenging. Like the members of any military organization, Starfleet officers experience trauma and loss on a regular basis—not to mention the whole gamut of more everyday psychological trouble: anxiety, depression, phobias, and more.
In this episode of Primitive Culture, the first in a two-part discussion recorded on World Mental Health Day 2018, hosts Duncan Barrett and Clara Cook look at mental health in Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: Discovery. They also open hailing frequencies to receive correspondence from listeners who share stories of how Star Trek has helped them through difficult times.
Discovery: Breakdown vs. Fake-out (00:29:20)
Saru: The Anxious XO (00:43:45)
The Original Series: Criminally Insane? (00:53:15)
Duncan Barrett and Clara Cook
Tom Whelan (Editor) Duncan Barrett (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Black (Associate Producer) Amy Nelson (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Star Trek’s Revivals. We look at the franchise’s periodic revivals, from The Motion Picture to Picard.
Star Trek: Generations. We look at how the TNG cast fared in their TV-to-movie transition.
Star Trek and Dr. Who, with Una McCormack. The author of tie-in fiction of both these long-running franchises joins us to look at the parallels between the two and why they have survived for more than half a century.
The Rashomon Effect in Star Trek and Beyond. We look at the influence of the classic 1950 film Rashomon on Star Trek, in particular on TNG’s “A Matter of Perspective” and DS9’s “Rules of Engagement.”
Life on a nuclear submarine vs. a Federation starship. Duncan is joined by John Krikorian to discuss the parallels between life on a nuclear submarine and a Federation starship.
The Hunt for Red October and “Face of the Enemy.” We take a look at the Cold War thriller and consider parallels between the film’s depiction of defection across the Iron Curtain and some of TNG’s Romulan storylines.
Deadly Games, from The Prisoner to “Move Along Home.” We look at a classic UK television series with one of DS9’s most belittled episodes and with Star Trek in general.
Cast changes in Star Trek. We look at some of the actors who have come and gone in the course of the franchise’s continuing mission.
Stuart Baird and Star Trek: Nemesis. We look at the final film outing for the crew of The Next Generation and how it compares with director Stuart Baird’s two previous films: Executive Decision and U.S. Marshals.
Star Trek and Fan Service. We look at the good, the bad, and the downright incomprehensible episodes geared specifically towards pleasing fans.