Get ready to do it over (and over) again until you get it right as we’re beguiled by “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad”!
Illustrator, writer, and storyboard artist Mike Collins joins the show the week to discuss an episode of Star Trek: Discovery that uses familiar Trek storytelling tools to explore new facets of its characters. Michael Burnham is beginning to feel at home aboard the USS Discovery, but that peace is shattered when a vengeful Mudd arrives and destroys the ship! Michael Burnham is beginning to feel at home aboard the USS Discovery, but that peace is shattered when a vengeful Mudd arrives and destroys the ship! Michael Burnham is beginning to feel at home aboard the USS Discovery, but that peace is shattered when a vengeful Mudd arrives…
When Star Trek: Discovery premiered, it was faced with the difficult task of creating a unique corner of the Trek universe while simultaneously appealing to fans of a familiar, 50-year-old franchise. By employing the familiar “time loop” story structure, it manages to pay homage to earlier Trek episodes while pushing its characters to places of new discovery, and many fans feel like “Magic…” is the first Disco episode to really “feel” like Trek. On this episode, we talk about the episode’s clever references to previous time travel shows, the way Trek and other sci-fi properties use time travel to force their characters to confront themselves (sometimes literally), how everything is a remix, how Mudd is the anti-Burnham, understanding your material, openness being the solution, making Trek up as you go, expensive bottle episodes, and the ethics of time-travel murder!
We also discuss space fauna, Donny Darko helmets, having gravel in your Mudd, being fluent enough in Welsh to order beer, having Stan Lee set your moral compass, why “future” music is never good, “random communications officer man”, becoming famous on 10 days of work, lots of Doctor Who talk, Sgt. Fury vs. 007, Mike shares stories from his long career in comics and TV, Aaron ONCE AGAIN tries to shoehorn Farscape in, and we make more than one earnest Interstellar reference!
RIP, Terrance Dicks!
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