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“But wait,” one might respond to the title, “this isn’t a new series.

Well, one would be kind of correct.

The idea of analyzing Star Trek is what got this blog started in the first place.  However, since then, it’s evolved into more.  In order to maintain some consistency and a sense of organization, I want to formally classify these episodic analyses as part of an ongoing series on The Continuing Voyage.

What is it?

The goal of the ANALYZE TREK series is to dive head-first into Star Trek episodes through a modern lens.  What that means is picking apart the themes presented in these classic episodes and applying them to our world today.  How that manifests depends on the theme, but generally (as Star Trek has always been a progressive, forward-thinking series) these posts look at the issues through a social justice mindset while incorporating philosophy, psychology, sociology, and probably (hopefully!) much, much more.

Who is doing this?

Mostly myself (Joe) as the primary author of this blog.  I’ve written nearly all of the posts so far and will continue to keep writing.  However, guests posts are welcome and encouraged!  If you have an episode you feel passionate about, or an idea you wish to explore, I’d love to feature your writing.  ANALYZE TREK pieces from any other author will have the designation, [Guest Post], and I hope to feature several of them.  If you’d like to contribute, feel free to reach out to me through email, or through The Continuing Voyage’s facebook or twitter pages.

Alright, now where do I actually read these?

Right here!  As this series comes together, each piece will link back to this page, and below this, is a list – with links – to every post in the series.

Season 1:

1×01 – Specicide: The Man Trap and Accelerated Extinctions

1×02 – Child Development: Charlie X and the Social vs. the Cognitive

1×03 – Symbolic Interactionism: Faith, Logic and Power in Where No Man Has Gone Before

1×04 – Ethics & The Naked Time: Scientific & Personal Introspection

1×05 – Bundle Theory: Concepts of Self in The Enemy Within

1×06 – The Eye of the Beholder: Mudd’s Women & Impossible Standards of Beauty

1×07 – The Consciousness and Humanity: What are Little Girls Made of?

1×08 – The Nature (& Nurture) of Empathy: Miri

1×09 – Crime and Punishment: Dagger of the Mind & Prisoner’s Rights

1×10 – Social Identity vs. Common Group Identity: The Corbomite Maneuver & Aversive Racism

1×11&12 – Understanding Palliative & End of Life Care: The Menagerie (Parts 1 & 2)

1×14 – Fear & Xenophobia: The Balance of Terror, Then and Now

1×15 – Shore Leave: How Free Play Can Change the World

1×16 – Idealism vs. Realism: The Galileo Seven & Leadership

1×17 – The Squire Of Gothos & The Arrogance of Superiority

1×18 – Arena: The Eternal Clash Between Reason & Aggression

1×21 – Return of the Archons: A Look at Surveillance & Self-Censorship

1×23 – The Numbing Effects of Endless War: A Taste of Armageddon


Season 2


Season 3

3×15 – [Guest Post] Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (not a threat … just the name of the episode)

3×16 – Overpopulation, Birth Control & Deception – The Dangers of Faux Morality in the Mark of Gideon

3×20 – [Guest Post] The Way to Eden – Or, Space Hippies…In Space!

3×21 – The Cloud Minders & The Tragedy of American Oppression, Racism, and Classism