HAPPY HOLIDAYS! David Anderson and David Lawler discuss the Star Trek franchise, the weary fandom, and the hate between groups. Star Trek: Discovery premiered September 24, 2017 to a polarized fan base. After the 2009 re-boot, fans are wondering if the “golden age” of Star Trek has ended.
SHIP TO SHIP: A Star Trek Podcast “Heart of Darkness”
There’s a difference between “hate” and “manufactured hate.” Hate is personal, often subjective, based on actions that affect a person. Manufactured hate is when a third party, a fourth party, create an enemy and instruct a person to hate based on indirect (and often inaccurate) perceptions.
We look at four episodes from the Star Trek franchise. “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield,” “The Wounded,” “Duet,” and “Chosen Realm.”
“Hatred is a transformative power. It can make the innocuous into the menacing. So it has become a weapon of choice. The left has used hate to transform President Trump into a symbol of the new racism, not a flawed president but a systemic evil. And he must be opposed as one opposes racism, with a scorched-earth absolutism.
For Martin Luther King Jr., hatred was not necessary as a means to power. The actual details of oppression were enough. Power came to him because he rejected hate as a method of resisting menace. He called on blacks not to be defined by what menaced them. Today, because menace provides moral empowerment, blacks and their ostensible allies indulge in it. The menace of black victimization becomes the unarguable truth of the black identity. And here we are again, forever victims.”
SHIP TO SHIP: A Star Trek Podcast “This is Fantasy!”
We look at the episodes in which people seek escape by creating illusory worlds around them; either whole communities, or just that one person in their lives to keep them company. This is a study of loneliness in the Star Trek franchise. The Two Davids discuss “The Survivors” from Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Shadowplay” from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and “Oasis” from Star Trek: Enterprise.
*Some Trois might have been injured in the making of this podcast.
SHIP TO SHIP: A Star Trek Podcast Show 201 “Second Chances”
The Original Series was on the verge of cancellation. The Next Generation had a rocky beginning and an awkward sophomore year. Deep Space Nine established that what Star Trek needed was, above all else, good writing in order to thrive. Voyager and Enterprise suffered from the constraints of budget in a time when Star Trek fatigue was on the rise. We examine the second season premieres* of all the shows in the Star Trek franchise**.
*Not “Amok Time.” ** Not Star Trek: Discovery, for now.