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Primitive Culture: A Star Trek History and Culture Podcast

Apr 4, 2018

Anne Frank and Counterpoint.

Perhaps more than for any other Star Trek series, the shadow of the Holocaust loomed large over Voyager. So, it’s not surprising that, when the time came to pitch a story about alien refugees using the Starfleet vessel as a way to escape persecution, The Diary of Anne Frank was a key touchstone. The resulting episode, “Counterpoint,” remains both a fan favorite and the personal number-one of Captain Janeway herself, Kate Mulgrew.

In this episode of Primitive Culture, hosts Clara Cook and Duncan Barrett look into the genesis of this popular Voyager episode, teasing out some of the parallels between its story and Frank’s diary. We consider the ways in which Voyager—and Star Trek in general—engages with the painful legacy of genocide, and the Holocaust in particular. We also look at Starfleet’s approach to aid and asylum, and consider the role of humanitarian resistance against oppressive regimes in the real world.

Intro (00:00:00)
Space Nazis (00:06:10)
The Diary of Anne Frank (00:17:15)
Genocide, Refugees, and Asylum (00:32:20)
Humanitarian Resistance (00:56:40)
Final Thoughts (01:14:20)

Clara Cook and Duncan Barrett

Clara Cook (Editor) Duncan Barrett (Producer) 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)