Star Trek and Terrorism.
The darkest nightmare of our age—terrorism—has become the problem of the early 21st century. The fear of rogue forces striking at the very heart of civilization—killing innocent civilians—has never been more potent. Star Trek has never shied away from addressing the issues humanity faces. The franchise has looked at the nature of terrorism in many different forms, from rebel separatists to freedom fighters to extremists operating under the guise of a religion or creed.
In this, our first topical supplemental episode of Primitive Culture, hosts Tony Black and Duncan Barrett respond to the recent, devastating bombing of the United Kingdom’s Manchester Arena. We attempt to examine the meaning of terrorism within the Star Trek universe—from The Next Generation to the Kelvin-timeline movies—in hopes of making some sense of this tragic event.
Introduction: Manchester (01:06:00)
“The High Ground” and the IRA (00:15:46)
Terrorists and Freedom Fighters on Deep Space Nine (00:25:11)
Enterprise and 9/11 (00:31:00)
Into Darkness and Military Interventionism (00:45:26)
Other Cultural Responses to 9/11 (00:49:56)
Final Thoughts (00:51:49)
Tony Black and Duncan Barrett
Tony Black (Editor and Producer) 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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