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)
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.
Galileo and “Distant Origin.” We look at how the Star Trek: Voyager writers adapted the persecution of Galileo Galilei by the Catholic Church to tell the story of Voth scientist Forra Gegen.
An International Approach to Star Trek. Is the franchise’s vision of the future one that could only have sprung from mid-20th-century America? What might Star Trek have looked like had it emerged from a very different culture?
Michael Eddington, Jean Valjean, and Les Misérables. We look at the role played by Victor Hugo’s classic novel in the DS9 episode “For the Uniform.”
The Human Frontier in Guernsey. Duncan is interviewed live at the Guille-Allès Library to discuss his book Star Trek: The Human Frontier.
Cyrano de Bergerac on Deep Space Nine. We compare “Looking for par’Mach in All the Wrong Places” with Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano De Bergerac and Steve Martin’s Roxanne.
Gothic Fiction in Star Trek: Voyager. We look at the influences on Captain Janeway’s gothic holonovel, from Jane Eyre to The Turn of the Screw and Rebecca.
Star Trek’s Dark Ages. What does it take to get from today to a utopian future? We take a look at Star Trek’s imagined history and ask if we’ll ever make it to first contact with the Vulcans.