The Human Frontier in Guernsey.
In this episode of Primitive Culture, recorded live at the Guille-Allès Library in Guernsey, regular host Duncan Barrett is interviewed by Laura Perkins about his book Star Trek: The Human Frontier. Duncan discusses his own history with Star Trek and looks at some of the cultural influences that have inspired the franchise’s writers over more than half a century. In a wide-ranging discussion, that looks at the mid-1960s onwards, Duncan and Laura discuss the role—and limitations—of allegory as a storytelling device and how Star Trek has always moved and warped with the times. Then, in an audience Q&A, the conversation turns to the the latest iteration, Star Trek: Discovery, and the ways in which the new series goes—boldly or otherwise—beyond what has gone before.
Deep Space Guernsey (00:04:49)
The Good, the Bad, and the Allegorical (00:09:10)
Darmok and Jalad in the Polling Booth (00:29:50)
Outside the Roddenberry Box (00:39:30)
Star Trek: Discovery (00:56:00)
Duncan Barrett and Laura Perkins
Clara Cook (Editor) Duncan Barrett (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Tony Black (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (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.