Primitive Culture: A Star Trek History and Culture Podcast

Primitive Culture is a podcast dedicated to a deep examination of the connections between Star Trek and our own history and culture. In each episode, Duncan Barrett and his guests take you on a fascinating exploration of how our world inspires the franchise we love—and how that franchise inspires us.


episode 82: Nothing But Blue Skies

Picard Season 1, Part I.

With a Pulitzer Prize-winning author at the helm, it’s perhaps no surprise that the first season of Star Trek: Picard should be one of the richest in Star Trek history, at least in terms of literary, cultural, and historical allusions. From Miguel de Cervantes’s classic novel Don Quixote to the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II, the show delights in its real-world reference points. Often, it wears its influences proudly—very much in keeping with showrunner Michael Chabon’s stated belief that all fiction is fan fiction.

In this episode of Primitive Culture, the first of a two-part discussion, host Duncan Barrett is joined by Tony Black for a look at some of the key influences on the first half of Star Trek: Picard’s freshman season. Next time, we’ll be back to do the same for the back half—golems and all.

Intro (00:00:00)
Mars Attacks (00:06:04)
Romulan Lives Matter (00:18:55)
A Bridge Too Far? (00:33:13)
Earthed and Grounded (00:44:55)
Family Business (00:52:17)
Candid Observations (01:12:25)
What’s in a Rag? (01:33:15)

Duncan Barrett

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)


 2020-04-23  2h2m