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These are the Voyages?: The Post-Jubilee Trek Legacy on the Discovery, the Orville, and the Callister

Michael G. Robinson

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

The main thing noticeably absent from Star Trek’s half-century anniversary was a network television series. By 2016, the primary output of the Trek franchise was a set of commercially successful ... More


Looking in the Mirror: The Negotiation of Franchise Identity in Star Trek: Discovery

Andrea Whitacre

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter examines the Mirror Universe as a figure for Star Trek’s negotiation of its own franchise identity. It argues that the Mirror is a tool with which Trek examines its own legacy, tropes, ... More


The Conscience of the King Or: Is There in Truth No Sex and Violence?

John Andreas Fuchs

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter explores the different depictions of sex, violence and swearing throughout the Star Trek franchise and argues that complaints about sex and violence in Star Trek, then, are nothing new; ... More


‘We Get to Reach for the Stars’: Analyzing Star Trek: Discovery

Sabrina Mittermeier and Mareike Spychala

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

The Introduction compares Discovery to the earlier shows comprising the Star Trek canon and argues, against criticism raised by some scholars and fans, that the show’s darker tone in the first two ... More


A Star Trek About Being Star Trek: History, Liberalism, and Discovery’s Cold War Roots

Torsten Kathke

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

At the height of the Cold War, the original Star Trek series provided viewers with a utopian, racially inclusive, and altogether progressive alternative to the present standoff among superpowers. ... More


Not Your Daddy’s Star Trek: Exploring Female Characters in Star Trek: Discovery

Mareike Spychala

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0016
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter argues that in contrast to older iterations of the franchise, Star Trek: Discovery is not only centred on Michael Burnham, First Officer and later mutineer/science specialist, and thus ... More


From Series to Seriality: Star Trek’s Mirror Universe in the Post-Network Era

Ina Batzke

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Until Star Trek: Discovery aired in September 2017 on CBS: All Access, all previous Star Trek series typically conformed to the prevalent narrative formats of their historical periods, i.e. most ... More


‘I Never Met a Female Michael Before’: Star Trek: Discovery between Trans Potentiality and Cis Anxiety

Si Sophie Pages Whybrew

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0019
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Although transgender individuals have been absent from Star Trek since its 1966 debut, this absence has conspicuously haunted the franchise in the form of illusions, allegories, metaphors, alien ... More


Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Sabrina Mittermeier and Mareike Spychala (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

The first two seasons of the television series Star Trek: Discovery, the newest instalment in the long-running and influential Star Trek franchise, received media and academic attention from the ... More


‘Never Hide Who You Are’: Queer Representation and Actorvism in Star Trek: Discovery

Sabrina Mittermeier and Mareike Spychala

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0018
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

After 50 years of franchise history, Star Trek has finally welcomed major canon queer characters in the form of Lt. Paul Stamets and his partner, Dr. Hugh Culber, counteracting an exclusion of LGBTQ ... More


‘Into A Mirror Darkly’: Border Crossing and Imperial(ist) Feminism in Star Trek: Discovery

Judith Rauscher

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter argues that contemporary representations of border crossing on screen engage with a specifically 21st-century U.S. manifestation of what Lora Wildenthal in following Valerie Amos and ... More


To Boldly Discuss: Socio-Political Discourses in Star Trek: Discovery Fanfiction

Kerstin-Anja Münderlein

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

In the canon, Star Trek: Discovery seamlessly joins the rank of its predecessors in questioning power and monoglossia. In the “fanon,” contemporary fan writers have done the same and continue the ... More


The American Hello: Representations of U.S. Diplomacy in Star Trek: Discovery

Henrik Schillinger and Arne Sönnichsen

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter will discuss how Discovery either reproduces, criticizes, or subverts established U.S. representations of diplomacy. The results will provide some leads on whether Discovery lives up to ... More


Veins and Muscles of the Universe: Posthumanism and Connectivity in Star Trek: Discovery

Lisa Meinecke

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0020
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter aims to analyse narratives of non-human and human agency and their embeddedness in the interconnectivity of the mycelial network in Star Trek: Discovery. It argues that the mycelium can ... More


Star Trek Discovers Women: Gender, Race, Science, and Michael Burnham

Amy C. Chambers

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Women scientists are often seen as anomalous exceptions in the fictional (and indeed real) world of white, male dominated scientific research. Even in the supposedly race and gender blind future of ... More


Preface: Unheimlich Star Trek

Sherryl Vint

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

The Preface outlines the ways in which this volume’s essays on questions of race and racialization, sexuality and the politics of gender identification, and the new storytelling possibilities of ... More


‘We Choose Our Own Pain. Mine Helps Me Remember’: Gabriel Lorca, Ash Tyler, and the Question of Masculinity

Sabrina Mittermeier and Jennifer Volkmer

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0017
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This Chapter argues that Captain Gabriel Lorca, upon first look, is the archetype of the Starfleet Captain in the vein of Kirk and Picard: a white, middle-aged, (presumably) heterosexual man. ... More


The Cotton-Gin Effect: An Afrofuturist Reading of Star Trek: Discovery

Whit Frazier Peterson

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter looks at the new television series Star Trek: Discovery, and investigate the troubling relationship Gabriel Lorca has with women of colour, particularly Michael Burnham. It specifically ... More


Discovery and the Form of Victorian Periodicals

Will Tattersdill

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

In its move to a streaming service and, with it, a less episodic structure, Discovery breaks new narrative ground for the Star Trek franchise – a wholesale move into the serial format. In a marked ... More


Coda: Star Trek and the Fight for the Future

Sabrina Mittermeier and Mareike Spychala

in Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0021
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This coda sums up the book and gives an outlook to the show’s possible future. It discussed how, with the second season cliffhanger, Star Trek: Discovery allows for the show to both keep established ... More


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