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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 1h24m. Bisher sind 129 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein zweiwöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 7 days 12 hours 40 minutes


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episode 122: Identical Strangers

Star Trek’s Double Troubles. We look doppelgängers and duplicates from The Original Series through Lower Decks.



episode 121: When Is an Allegory Not an Allegory?

Trans representation in Star Trek. We look at how Star Trek accidentally addressed the topic in TNG and DS9.


 2022-07-17  1h12m

episode 120: Resurrecting Nightmares

The Alien franchise and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. We take a look at “All Those Who Wander” alongside the Alien franchise.


 2022-06-30  1h9m

episode 119: Cowboy Diplomats

How Star Trek’s leaders reflect our own. We talk about the parallels between Star Trek’s leaders and our own, and ask whether Star Trek has finally managed to marry the military ethos of Starfleet with the business of intergalactic politics.


 2022-05-29  1h26m

episode 118: Servants to Two Masters

Star Trek’s backdoor pilots. We take a look at the original attempt to establish a spinoff series, “Assignment: Earth,” as well as more recent examples including Strange New Worlds and more potential offspring of Discovery.


 2022-05-05  56m

episode 117: What If ...

What if it wasn’t the Vulcans who made first contact? In honor of First Contact Day, we imagine how things might have played out for humanity had it been the Klingons, Romulans, or others passing by on April 5, 2063.


 2022-04-05  1h16m

episode 116: Sex and Shooting

Captain Picard and Indiana Jones. We compare and contrast two swashbuckling archaeologists and ask the staid life of a university professor—or a Federation diplomat—is really compatible with the thrills and spills of derring-do.


 2022-03-27  1h20m

episode 115: A Fantastic Education

Lisa Klink on writing for Deep Space Nine and Voyager. We talk to the writer about working in the Star Trek sandbox, from penning DS9’s “Hippocratic Oath” before jumping ship to Voyager, to contributing short stories 25 years later to the new Star T


 2022-03-15  49m

episode 114: A Tragic Necessity?

How Star Trek tackled the Vietnam War. We discuss how The Original Series charted a constantly developing view of the conflict, embodying a range of perspectives as diverse as its collective writing staff.


 2022-02-28  1h23m

episode 113: Doing the Unthinkable

Jack Bauer and Jonathan Archer. We look at how Star Trek: Enterprise and 24 took different approaches to telling the story of their time, and how the two may have more in common that it may first appear.


 2021-12-31  1h29m