Star Trek: Discovery has brought us new characters, ships, and stories, yet remained authentic to Star Trek’s ideals and philosophy. Amazing and universal themes that cross boundaries and cultures are found in its stories, and viewers continue to identify with each character on different levels, adding to the complexity of the show.
In this episode of The Edge, host Amy Nelson is joined with Brandi Jackola of Warp Five and Heather Barker for our third installment on themes. We discuss being caught between two worlds, conservation, fate vs. self-destiny, and the needs of the many vs. the needs of the few-or the one. And all along the way, once again, we recognize these themes in our personal lives.
Caught Between Two Worlds (00:03:07)
Fate vs. Self-Destiny (00:41:24)
The Needs of the Many (00:57:43)
Final Thoughts (01:17:45)
Brandi Jackola and Heather Barker
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Lisa Slack (Associate Producer) Tom Puleo (Associate Producer) Shoaib Mirza (Associate Producer) Richard Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Season Two Captains. We debate the importance of a captain on a show that claims to be a “lower decks” and who might lead Discovery in its second season.
Themes. We discuss being caught between two worlds, conservation, fate vs. self-destiny, and the needs of the many vs. the needs of the few-or the one-and how we see all of these in our personal lives.
Molor. We deep-dive into “Will You Take My Hand?” to examine why expectations are key to fan reaction. We also explore Betazed, Ceti eels, darseks, and Kahless’s rival Molor.
Fan Predictions for Discovery Season Two. We discuss potential plots, whether the Klingons or the Vulcans should take the lead, and the many character-development possibilities.
Hanelle M. Culpepper Interview. We’re joined by Hanelle M. Culpepper, director of the Star Trek: Discovery episode “Vaulting Ambition,” to talk about her film work, directing philosophy, and more.
Fan Response to Season One. We discuss all the feedback we’ve received from listeners of The Edge about the full season of Discovery—both positive and negative!
Will You Take My Hand? We discuss the season-one finale of Star Trek: Discovery, Clint Howard, and predictions for season two.
Fan Response to “Will You Take My Hand?” We discuss all the feedback we’ve received from listeners of The Edge—both positive and negative!
Commentary Track. Mike Schindler is joined by Max Hegel to bring you a commentary for the first-season finale of Star Trek: Discovery, “Will You Take My Hand?”.
Live Reaction Show: Will You Take My Hand? Join us for immediate reactions to the first-season finale of Star Trek: Discovery!