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Episode 74 — Star Trek


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#1 Earwolf Admin

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 11:01 PM

Hey Blastronauts! Our resident researcher Aaron Burrell has taken up Tig’s challenge to talk for a full hour by himself on today’s very special episode all about Star Trek! Join Aaron as he gives us some history on Gene Roddenberry, discusses the many themes of the show such as immortality, describes how Star Trek has influenced much of today’s technology, explores the arc of Deep Space Nine, and tries to use several Words of The Day along the way.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 11:05 PM

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 11:52 PM

All I could think about while reading this episode description was Maron's intro "Are we doing this? Really?"

This is going to be a strange listen, but I'm oddly excited about it.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 12:26 AM

Now, Aaron I know you love wife, but I have to say you and my sister would have been perfect for one another had you not met your wife. Growing up my sister was OBSESSED with Star Trek and ESPECIALLY Star Trek the Next Generation. She had the BIGGEST crush on Datalore. You're not alone on nerding out on Star Trek.

Great job on your solo.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 12:34 AM

As much as I love sci-fi, I don't care much for Star Trek. But I do like Aaron and it was fun to hear him completely unwrangled for an hour. I'm glad you had the chance for this, and I did enjoy that misogyny bit. Good times, Morbot.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:32 AM

Aaron is sweetest. he had some pretty big shoes to fill and he's the only one who has ever done it completely alone! Job well done, I say.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:45 AM

I love the Aardroid, but I do need my KT&D-fix this week!

Hope Tig is fine. She did say it was her "dying wish" to have Aaron hosting an episode all by himself...

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:15 AM

I'm very proud of Aaron, great job!

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:21 AM

This is either going to be amazing, or the worst thing ever. Or both. I have no interest in Star Trek at all, but I can't wait to listen to this.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 06:05 AM

This episode is truly one of a kind.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 06:14 AM

this makes me so happy! Aaron, please please please go back to college and get your PhD in science fiction philosophy.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 07:18 AM

I love his "first day of school"-style photo on the show page.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 07:59 AM

I can't wait for "What's The Deal With Gleep Glop?!"

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:41 AM

yes!

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 10:09 AM

I think the funniest part of this episode was the photos of Aaron alone in the studio.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 10:30 AM

After listening to the episode in its entirety, Tig responded: "Can we edit that out?"

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 10:35 AM

Hey thanks for listening to my episode! If you are dying to read more from those sources I quoted during the episode here they are:

Gene Roddenberry Bio:

http://www.roddenber...-gene-biography


The Ethics of Star Trek by Barad & Robertson:
http://philosophynow...d_and_Robertson

Warp Drive :
http://www.huffingto..._n_1890679.html


The Prime Directive:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Directive#Text


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Posted 16 October 2012 - 02:56 PM

This was as awkward as it was funny, by which I mean very.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:20 PM

Nice job, Aaron. You managed to keep me interested despite being one person talking for an hour about a subject that I don't really like. I'm not trying to play "Gotcha", but I do have a question relating to your discussion of the Prime Directive. Obviously technology and religion are different, but philosophically speaking, how do you reconcile your endorsement of the Prime Directive (i.e. leaving other cultures alone to develop on their own rather than introducing something that could hep them) with the practice of Mormon missions?

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:24 PM

I don't think I could have enjoyed this more. I loved everything about it. Way to go Aaron and way to go PB and Earwolf for having the guts to support him doing it.