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Primitive Culture: A Star Trek History and Culture Podcast

Apr 15, 2019

The Human Frontier in Guernsey.

In this episode of Primitive Culture, recorded live at the Guille-Allès Library in Guernsey, regular host Duncan Barrett is interviewed by Laura Perkins about his book Star Trek: The Human Frontier. Duncan discusses his own history with Star Trek and looks at some of the cultural influences that have inspired the franchise’s writers over more than half a century. In a wide-ranging discussion, that looks at the mid-1960s onwards, Duncan and Laura discuss the role—and limitations—of allegory as a storytelling device and how Star Trek has always moved and warped with the times. Then, in an audience Q&A, the conversation turns to the the latest iteration, Star Trek: Discovery, and the ways in which the new series goes—boldly or otherwise—beyond what has gone before.

Intro (00:00:00)
Deep Space Guernsey (00:04:49)
The Good, the Bad, and the Allegorical (00:09:10)
Darmok and Jalad in the Polling Booth (00:29:50)
Outside the Roddenberry Box (00:39:30)
Q&A (00:44:35)
Star Trek: Discovery (00:56:00)

Duncan Barrett and Laura Perkins

Clara Cook (Editor) Duncan Barrett (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Tony Black (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Amy Nelson (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)