Life on a nuclear submarine vs. a Federation starship.
In this special edition of Primitive Culture, meant to complement the previous episode’s discussion of The Hunt for Red October, host Duncan Barrett is joined by former US Navy submariner John Krikorian—better known for his popular Trek Profiles podcast—to discuss the parallels between Star Trek’s imagined life in space and his own experiences living and working underwater. Join us on this not-so-deep dive as they tackle questions of naval discipline in a cramped and confined environment, the role of the executive officer as a link between captain and crew, and the perils of flushing a toilet the wrong way a thousand feet below the surface.
Life in the Void (00:11:15)
Onboard Entertainment (00:14:45)
Lower Decks (00:17:40)
Chain of Command (00:24:20)
Disciplinary Measures (00:35:25)
Duncan Barrett (Producer, Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Tony Black (Associate Producer) Clara Cook (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Amy Nelson (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
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.
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?