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Starlog 28: Star Trek and Purpose 

In Season 2, Episode 10 of Star Trek: Picard, a massive spike of neutrino emissions threatens a galactic event in which millions will die.  Q is the locator, emitter, and representative of a multitude of different events, some small and some not, that try one’s character and soul and are all connected, leading to a well-fought battle…

Star Log 27:  Star Trek: The Sublime  

Star Trek: Discovery Episode 13 in Season 4 was, as are all episodes, commentary on, an allegory of, and a metaphor for aspects of life in this reality on Earth.  During the darkest days, when travail upon travail assail foundations, hope takes the form of open hearts and vulnerability that lead to strength in connection—a continuous…

Star Log 26: Star Trek and AI

“Starlog 7: Star Trek: AI” focuses on AI becoming sentient.  This is the case with Zora, the USS Discovery computer, in “Star Trek: Discovery”, Season 3.  In Season 4, Episode 6, Zora further develops and experiences, as she states, “emotional development [that] is an organic evolution”.  Zora once hid herself in a DOT-23 worker bot. …

Star Log 25: Star Trek and Politics 

InIn Season 4, Episodes 1 through 3 of “Star Trek: Discovery”, the now Captain Burnham enters politics as a leader.  She is tested and weighed by Federation president Laira Rillak and found lacking but also full of promise.  The Captain and the President have two different approaches to leadership.  Captain Burnham, for instance, takes risks and is willing…

Star Log 24: Star Trek: Natural Born Killers 

A note inspired by Book upon the loss of his planet in Season 4, Episode 1 of Star Trek: Discovery and all losses of all kinds in all forms We are natural born killers.  The spirit of the once living body always already is part of all that is, and the body joins the earth.  We wash…

Starlog 23: Star Trek and Marvel: IDIC and All the Lokis

Loki is the embodiment (pun intended) of IDIC.  In “Loki”, Loki exists in multitude.  He is both the original and the copy, and the copies (thus far man, woman, child, animal, and bisexual Lokis) are variants of the original rather than replicates.  He is both the Self and the Other, with each variant operating individually…

Starlog 22: Star Trek: IDIC and Sodom and Gomorrah

“The narrative of Sodom and Gomorrah has, unfortunately, been greatly misunderstood.  It is not a story regarding homosexuals.  It is a story about a homosexual act (anal intromission) that was about the enacted, violently and abusively to denigrate, humiliate, and disgrace Lot’s visitors.  The desire of the Sodomite men was to abuse and mortify his…

Starlog 21: Star Trek: Connection

Sometimes we feel that we are alone and apart.  That never has to be so.  In Star Trek: Discovery, Season 3, Episodes 11 through 13, we see Dr. Culber and his partner Lt. Commander Stamets claim Adira and Gray as family.  We see Commander Burnham complete her journey to figure out where she belongs and fully arrive home when…

Starlog 20: Star Trek: A Complex Character—Adieu

Imperial Majesty, Mother of the Fatherland, Overlord of Vulcan, Dominus of Kronos, Regina Andor, Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius—or the mirror Captain Philippa Georgiou—was a bold, shrewd, intelligent, and dominant force.  She was the type of force that makes the highest and most potent impact in the most dire and extreme situations—empire-ending situations—world-ending situations.  She…

Starlog 19: Adventures and Star Trek: Variations of Family

Professor: Adventures The Exodus of alfI I walk the streets of a place called Ithaca that is far away from the diner.  I pass a  young woman wearing a coat and no shoes.  I pass a young woman who looks at me with disdain.  Perhaps to her I appear quite different.  That’s when I feel…

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