Oppenheimer, Degra, and Jetrel.
Star Trek has always been a looking glass through which we see ourselves, a way of examining our world, who we are, and where we came from. Trek.fm is proud to introduce our newest show, Primitive Culture. In each episode, hosts Duncan Barrett and Tony Black tie history and culture to Star Trek and discuss how our own world inspires the franchise we love—and how that franchise inspires us. In the pilot episode, “Destroyers of Worlds,” Tony and Duncan look at the relationship between J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb, and two of Star Trek’s complex figures: Jetrel and Degra.
Meet the Hosts (00:01:30)
Morality and the Atom Bomb (00:09:45)
Ma’Bor Jetrel (00:22:54)
Loss of Family, Death of Children (00:28:39)
Degra and Enterprise Season 3 (00:39:08)
Redemption and Forgiveness (00:45:40)
Final Thoughts (00:55:35)
Recommended Reading (00:59:18)
Tony Black and Duncan Barrett
Tony Black (Editor) 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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