Star Trek and Shakespeare, Part II.
Star Trek and Shakespeare, Part II.
Once more unto the breach! Part II of our look at Shakespeare in Star Trek focuses on the Next Generation era. What does it mean for a Starfleet captain to have a copy of the Complete Works in his ready room? Can an android truly understand what it means to be a fifteenth-century monarch? And at what point does the line begin to blur between heavyweight classical actor Patrick Stewart and bookish Shakespearean fanboy Captain Picard?
In this episode of Primitive Culture, hosts Duncan Barrett and Tony Black trace echoes of Shakespeare’s plays through The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, looking at the ways in which characters, plots, and themes from these five-hundred-year-old works are borrowed and repurposed in a science fiction context. Ultimately, we discover, Shakespeare and Star Trek have at least one thing in common: an inclusive humanism that celebrates the rich complexity of life—in other words, infinite diversity in infinite combinations.
Introduction and The Ultimate Voyage (00:00:00)
The Continuing Mission of The Tempest (00:08:10)
Hamlet’s Evolved Sensibility (00:19:33)
Heightened Text and Renaissance Bridge Design (00:27:38)
Spoofing and Bad Acting (00:32:42)
Allusions and Echoes in Deep Space Nine (00:38:56) Dahar Master Falstaff (00:44:50) Shakespearean Antiheroes (00:51:00) Voyager and the Eclipse of High Culture (00:57:42) Final Thoughts (01:04:00)
Duncan Barrett and Tony Black
Tony Black (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Amy Nelson (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Star Trek’s Design Influences. We look at how the franchise’s style has shifted over the course of its half a century, from the sleek, contoured lines of Kirk’s original Enterprise to the rough-and-ready look of the USS Discovery.
Star Trek and Action Movies. “The Cage” was rejected for being too cerebral, but that didn't stop it from delivering thoughtful commentary. We look at how Trek has incorporated action tropes over the years without giving up what makes it unique.
The French Resistance and Star Trek’s Maquis. We look at the legacy of World War II resistance fighters and how the writers of Deep Space Nine transferred our own history to the caves of Bajor.
Shakespeare and Star Trek, Part II. We conclude our two-part episode on Star Trek’s debt to the Bard with a look at the Next Generation era.
Music and Characters. Recorded at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Duncan Barrett is joined by Clara Cook to discuss live performance in Star Trek and the importance of music in a technologically sophisticated future.
Shakespeare and Star Trek, Part I. In the first of a two-part episode, we look at echoes of Shakespeare’s plays in The Original Series and The Undiscovered Country.
Westworld and the Holodeck. We consider some of Star Trek’s holodeck episodes in relation to the amoral theme park of the 1973 film in which gun-slinging robot terrorizes hapless fun-seekers.
Legacies of WWII in The Original Series. Many of Star Trek’s original cast and crew saw action during the Second World War. We explore their stories, and how the war was depicted on screen.
The Wrath of Khan and Classic Literature. Khan Noonien Singh’s bookshelf on the SS Botany Bay displayed a host of significant texts that spoke to his grandiose fate. We explore some of them, from Shakespeare to Milton.
Star Trek and Terrorism. In the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing, we look at terrorism as reflected in the Star Trek universe.