Meta Treks is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated to a deep examination of the philosophical ideas found in Star Trek. In each episode, Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison take you on a fascinating journey into the inner workings of Star Trek storytelling, deeper into subspace than you've ever traveled before.
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Gnosticism, Esotericism, and Secrecy in Star Trek. We explore the many forms of secret and forbidden knowledge, esoteric cultural practices, and hush-hush political agendas in the Star Trek universe.
A Real Butterfly
Philosophical Themes in Star Trek: Picard, Season 1. We explore an impressive list of philosophical themes and concepts in the first season of the recently completed first season of Star Trek: Picard.
Enterprise Season 1 - Essential Trek Philosophy. We discuss the overarching themes and our top choices for Essential Trek Philosophy from Star Trek: Enterprise, Season 1.
Eternity is Passé
Death Wish. We discuss the philosophical themes in the second-season Voyager episode "Death Wish," the question of meaning as it relates to death and immortality in the Q Continuum, and "Death Wish" as a well-developed example of Nietzschean philosophy.
Where Are the 24th-Century Space Hippies?
Utopianism in Star Trek. We discuss the optimistic vision of the future depicted in the Star Trek universe, the dark side of utopianism, and whether Star Trek should be seen as a modern-day take on a futuristic Plato's Republic.
In a Relevantly Similar Possible Universe, I Would Always Have Been Your Friend, Jim
Alternate Universes and Modal Realism. We discuss modal realism, the philosophical view that alternate universes or "possible worlds" really exist, through the lens of Star Trek.
Very interesting!!! I really like the discussion. Wondering if you could do a Hegel episode
Good concept, disappointingly executed
I was excited to learn this podcast exists, and decided to check it out after belatedly binging Picard, only to feel pretty disappointed with the discussion. The philosophical and textual discussions are amateurish at best (e.g. one host seeming to believe that the entirety of existentialism is represented by Sartre only, the other host making trite observations weaker than most first-year undergraduates’). A reminder that the most interesting and rigorous theoretical thought rarely emerges from self-described institutions of “philosophy,” which is as true for podcasts as it is for the US university, apparently.
Two of my favorite things together.