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 120 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 7 days 1 hour 21 minutes


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episode 16: More, More, More, More, More!

Director’s Cuts and Star Trek. At this live roundtable recorded at Prince Charles Cinema in London, we discuss how a director’s cut impacts the fan relationship with a film before we watch the UK premiere of the director’s extended edition of The Wr


 2017-11-28  1h0m

episode 15: Existence is Futile

Time Loops in Star Trek. We consider the role of time loops, both within the Star Trek universe and beyond, and explore the darker issues at play when the loops begin to unravel.


 2017-11-14  1h0m

episode 14: The Trek Is Out There

The X-Files and Star Trek. In a Halloween special, we explore connections between these two long-running sci-fi franchises.


 2017-10-31  1h6m

episode 13: Everything I Need to Know About Baseball I Learned from Watching Star Trek

The Federation’s Field of Dreams. We discuss baseball in Star Trek and why it’s such a good fit for storytelling in Gene Roddenberry’s universe.


 2017-10-24  1h10m

episode 12: The Fable Conference

Star Trek and Allegory. We look at the relationship between Star Trek and allegory—on screen and off—from the 1960s to present day.


 2017-10-17  1h26m

episode 11: In Years Gone By

Star Trek and Epic Heroes. We look at Star Trek’s engagement with epic narratives Beowulf and the Epic of Gilgamesh, and how Starfleet heroes compare with their ancient forbears.


 2017-10-03  1h51m

episode 10: Hiltons in Space

Star Trek’s Design Influences. We look at how the franchise’s style has shifted over the course of its half a century, from the sleek, contoured lines of Kirk’s original Enterprise to the rough-and-ready look of the USS Discovery.


 2017-09-12  1h24m

episode 9: Yippee Ki-Ay!

Star Trek and Action Movies. “The Cage” was rejected for being too cerebral, but that didn't stop it from delivering thoughtful commentary. We look at how Trek has incorporated action tropes over the years without giving up what makes it unique.


 2017-09-06  1h6m

episode 8: Not Futile

The French Resistance and Star Trek's Maquis. We look at the legacy of World War II resistance fighters and how the writers of Deep Space Nine transferred our own history to the caves of Bajor.


 2017-08-15  1h27m

7: Were I Human

Shakespeare and Star Trek, Part II. We conclude our two-part episode on Star Trek’s debt to the Bard with a look at the Next Generation era.


 2017-08-02  1h14m