Science-Fiction writer Justin Scott Snead reviews episodes of his favorite genre shows, especially Star Trek and The X-Files. Each episode explores how the writers, producers and actors crafted story, engaged in world building, and conveyed themes. The podcast will also explore diversity and inclusivity by analyzing how minorities of all stripes are portrayed on screen, and how power dynamics between different groups (in front of the camera and behind it) contributed to or detracted from the final product. In the first series, Justin will review every episode of Season One of Star Trek: The Original Series. In the second series, Justin will do a deep dive into late-season X-Files and review the 2016 revival episodes. He will also be live-podcasting Star Trek Discovery as soon as CBS decides to stop taunting us and premiers that show. Welcome Aboard!
StarTrek 01.33–Post Season 1 Analysis Part 2: World Building
In this episode: A complete analysis of World Building in Season One of Star Trek The Original Series: A Survey of all strange new worlds (30) and all new life forms and civilizations (25) A breakdown of categories for each, from barren desolate planets to advanced ones, and primitive aliens to evolved non-corporeals The State … Continue reading "StarTrek 01.33–Post Season 1 Analysis Part 2: World Building"
Star Trek 01.32–Post-Season 1 Analysis Part 1: Narrative Structure
In this episode: The first part of our post-season 1 analysis of Star Trek: The Original Series, with a focus on trends in narrative structure. Antagonist Type: There are more monster episodes than you might think, but the monsters and the villains are depicted in unconventional ways. Monster: 11/28 (39.2%) Villain: 9/28 (32.1%) Computer: 4/28 … Continue reading "Star Trek 01.32–Post-Season 1 Analysis Part 1: Narrative Structure"
StarTrek 01.31–Operation: Annihilate!
In this episode: an analysis of “Operation: Annihilate!” the last aired episode of Season One of Star Trek a fitting season finale (even though 60s TV did not really do those as we understand them) because it has a grand scale and important character development for all three leads–Kirk, Spock and McCoy–which is unusual a … Continue reading "StarTrek 01.31–Operation: Annihilate!"
StarTrek01.30–The City on the Edge of Forever
In this episode: An analysis of The City on the Edge of Forever: How the episode still lives up to the hype five decades later Edith Keillor voices Star Trek’s Mission Statement, and is a stand in for all Star Trek fans A comparison with Ellison’s script–the good, the bad and the ugly–especially Keillor, whom … Continue reading "StarTrek01.30–The City on the Edge of Forever"
StarTrek01.29–Errand of Mercy
In this episode: An analysis of Errand of Mercy. The origins of the Klingon culture–hint: another Vietnam-era analogy. The Klingon look–not just swarthy villain stereotypes NOTE: I did not address connections to Star Trek: Discovery in the podcast, due to time. But I have included quotes from the episode that speak how Kirk viewed the … Continue reading "StarTrek01.29–Errand of Mercy"
StarTrek01.28–The Devil in the Dark
In this episode: A literary analysis of The Devil in the Dark Everyone’s favorite silicone-based lifefrom, the Horta Roddenberry and his producers believed this episode provided Stark Trek with its organizing thesis about how to treat aliens and “the other” and the show, but I argue this thesis was marbled through the first season back … Continue reading "StarTrek01.28–The Devil in the Dark"