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Primitive Culture: A Star Trek History and Culture Podcast

Mar 18, 2020

The Legacy of The Original Series.

Of all Star Trek’s live-action iterations, it was The Original Series that was cut short the soonest, managing just three seasons and 79 episodes before succumbing to the axe of cancelation. But as Star Trek was reborn time and again over the ensuing 50 years, those 79 episodes have remained a touchstone for the almost 700 that have followed. But throughout the 1990s, as Star Trek attempted to chart a new course, the relationship between old and new was a fraught one.

In this episode of Primitive Culture, our own 79th outing, host Duncan Barrett is joined by Tony Black for a look at how Star Trek has influenced itself—specifically the impact that the legacy of The Original Series has had on the various series and movies. Looking at Deep Space Nine’s “Trials and Tribble-ations” and Voyager’s “Flashback”—the celebratory episodes that marked the 30th anniversary of the franchise—as well as the move towards TOS nostalgia in Enterprise, the Kelvin Timeline films, and Star Trek: Discovery, we consider some of the ways in which those original 79 stories have remained at the heart of this trek to the stars.

Intro (00:00:00)
The Next Generation (00:06:20)
Deep Space Nine (00:45:00)
Voyager (00:54:55)
Enterprise (01:04:30)
Discovery and the Kelvin Timeline (01:13:15)
Treks to Come (01:34:35)

Duncan Barret

Tony Black

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