Despite the starships and aliens, wormholes and warp travel, Star Trek has—at its core—always been about exploring humanity. It’s this commentary on the inner workings of our world and society that have helped Gene Roddenberry’s creation endure for so many decades.
There are few episodes that better exemplify this exploration than The Next Generation’s, “The Inner Light.” This story in which Captain Picard lives out an entire life on the planet Kataan captured one of only four Hugo Awards ever won by Star Trek, and has come to be one of the most beloved episodes of all time.
In this episode of Matter Stream we’re joined by Morgan Gendel, the writer of “The Inner Light,” to talk about how the episode came to be, his inspirations, and “The Outer Light”—a continuation of the story that is being released as a graphic novel.
Running Time: 42 minutes
We recommend downloading the enhanced podcast version from iTunes. It includes chapter markers plus changing artwork and links to more info.
The Genesis of “The Inner Light”
The Evolution of Kamin
Scouring the Universe the Right Person
Carrying On the Memory of Kataan
The Inspiration for “The Inner Light”
(Almost) Lasting Repercussions for Kamin/Picard
The Genesis of “The Outer Light”
The Writing and Art Process of “The Outer Light”
Beyond “The Outer Light”: Stan Lee and Future Projects
Remastering “The Inner Light”
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