Star Trek and Terrorism.
The darkest nightmare of our age—terrorism—has become the problem of the early 21st century. The fear of rogue forces striking at the very heart of civilization—killing innocent civilians—has never been more potent. Star Trek has never shied away from addressing the issues humanity faces. The franchise has looked at the nature of terrorism in many different forms, from rebel separatists to freedom fighters to extremists operating under the guise of a religion or creed.
In this, our first topical supplemental episode of Primitive Culture, hosts Tony Black and Duncan Barrett respond to the recent, devastating bombing of the United Kingdom’s Manchester Arena. We attempt to examine the meaning of terrorism within the Star Trek universe—from The Next Generation to the Kelvin-timeline movies—in hopes of making some sense of this tragic event.
Introduction: Manchester (01:06:00)
“The High Ground” and the IRA (00:15:46)
Terrorists and Freedom Fighters on Deep Space Nine (00:25:11)
Enterprise and 9/11 (00:31:00)
Into Darkness and Military Interventionism (00:45:26)
Other Cultural Responses to 9/11 (00:49:56)
Final Thoughts (00:51:49)
Tony Black and Duncan Barrett
Tony Black (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
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Religion in Star Trek. We consider how the franchise’s presentation of faith and religious practice has changed over the course of half a century, and how our own beliefs have impacted our viewing.
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Starfleet and the US Space Agency. We look at the developing relationship between real-world exploration and the famous science fiction franchise.
Shrinking Sci-Fi and DS9’s “One Little Ship.” We look at some examples of shrinking in Star Trek, comparing the franchise’s tiny people to those in science fiction cinema, such as The Incredible Shrinking Man and Fantastic Voyage.
Federation Politics in Star Trek. We’re joined by Keith DeCandido, author of Articles of the Federation, for a look at Star Trek’s political structures, the Federation Council, and its three on-screen presidents.
Star Trek and Fan Fiction. We consider Star Trek's role in the cultural phenomenon of fanfic, charting its development from the 'slash' stories of the 1970s through to the vast online archives of the twenty-first century.