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.
As logical, as progressive, and enlightened as Vulcans are depicted, they must surrender themselves to bizarre backward traditions and biology. Tonight, we discuss three key episodes from The Original Series and Star Trek: Voyager: “Amok Time,” “Blood Fever,” and “Body and Soul.”
SHIP TO SHIP: A Star Trek Podcast “The Fire In Which We Burn”
SPECIAL DOUBLE EPISODE! The two Davids review and discuss Star Trek: Generations, as well as make predictions for the new CBS All-Access Picard show starring Patrick Stewart, and why we won’t see HD releases of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.
SHIP TO SHIP: A Star Trek Podcast “Drive-In Monster Movies”
Kirk and company explore the mining of colony of Janus VI and meet up with the Horta, an intelligent and sensitive Hamburger Helper monster. Next, they journey to Deneva where Kirk’s family goes crazy from crazy omelet monsters. Finally, the Enterprise is attacked by a large amoeba-lookin’ thang and McCoy and Spock get all up in each other’s business. We talk about a bunch of fun monster-driven episodes from the Original Series.
SHIP TO SHIP: A Star Trek Podcast The Whoopi Quickie
The two Davids engage in a charged debate about Whoopi Goldberg’s recent conduct on The View with regard to guest Jeanine Pirro. This is the full discussion which will be featured on a later episode of the podcast.
Whoopi Goldberg represents, along with Rob Reiner, the much older contingent of new-wave leftism. Mostly celebrities. Madonna, Ashley Judd. More disturbingly, they’re old enough to remember the common-sense, reason, and practicality of Liberalism – this is the view of Liberalism more in keeping with what’s being called Libertarianism now. Libertarianism is the classic Liberal view of the sovereignity of the Individual. More importantly, it’s become the rhetoric of “just leave me alone, don’t tamper with my freedom, my personal liberty.” That used to be the classic Liberal view. I can forgive the kids under 40 for that attitude. They’re kids.
Judge Jeanine Pirro called it, “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” I agree with her. The simple reality of Trump being elected President has driven people to madness, derangement. Whoopi Goldberg’s reaction is proof-positive, even as she denies it.