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Episode 11: Timothy Sandefur

2018-Sep-29

Episode 11: Timothy Sandefur

2018-Sep-29
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In this episode we chat with Timothy Sandefur. Tim is the Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute where he oversees the Instituteโ€™s legal staff, and also holds the Duncan Chair in Constitutional Government. Tim has some strong opinions on Star Trek and we had a great time diving deep into the meaning that he found in Trek and where it has fallen short.

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Tim Sandefur

Tim will talk about:

  • Being a fan for over 30 years
  • The weirdness of Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • How Star Trek TOS is more like a Twilight Zone style anthology than later shows
  • Why Tim feels that “canon” is a straitjacket
  • Deep Space 9 is magnificent, but not really Star Trek
  • His Star Trek collection, including the ST:TMP matchbook and his Hallmark items
  • The earthquake during the Pasadena Star Trek convention
  • Accidentally meeting Leonard Nimoy
  • Attending Sit Long and Prosper
  • Tim’s article The Politics of Star Trek which can be found here.
  • Tim’s appearance on the Free Thoughts podcast discussing the article can be found here
  • How Return of the Archons and The Apple are the same and different
  • Are there universal concepts of right and wrong?
  • The terror of freedom
  • How World War II issues affected the writing of TOS
  • The incompatibility between the Federation in TOS and in later versions of Star Trek
  • Picard’s refusal to stop oppression in Symbiosis
  • Why the Prime Directive was made to be broken in the case of universal wrongs
  • The line from Captain Cook to Midshipman Easy to Hornblower to Star Trek
  • Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, and Frederick Douglass, and what they have to do with Star Trek
  • How the concept of Universal Human Rights is treated in Star Trek VI
  • The metaphors in The Conscience of the King and how it related to audiences at the time
  • The real and very serious crimes of the Klingons and their lack of contrition
  • The abandonment of the spirit of exploration in Star Trek: Insurrection and how it relates to Candide
  • What we missed in Star Trek Phase 2
  • Is Star Trek: The Motion Picture “canon?”
  • How all of the TOS and TOS movie era is about proving Mr. Spock wrong
  • Why Into Darkness is problematic in how Kirk is Captain
  • Moral relativism in The Next Generation
  • Slavery is an issue that Star Trek never fully addressed
  • The objectification of women in Enterprise
  • The very best of Star Trek is when it confronts the intensely human
  • Mr Spock and Huckleberry Finn, and what they have in common
  • Star Trek as an emergent cultural phenomena
  • The Riker Maneuver
  • Episodes discussed
    • Return of the Archons (TOS S01E22)
    • The Apple (TOS S02E09)
    • Who Watches the Watchers (TNG S03E04)
    • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
    • The Conscience of the King (TOS S01E12)
    • Star Trek IX: Insurrection
    • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    • Star Trek XIII: Into Darkness
    • Family (TNG S04E02)
    • Survivors (TNG S03E03)
    • Bound (ENT S04E17)
    • Court Martial (TOS S01E14) – Patreon Extended Version
    • City on the Edge of Forever (TOS S01E28) – Patreon Extended Version
    • Measure of the Man (TNG S02E09) – Patreon Extended Version

Connect with Tim at any of the following:

Honorary Star Trek title awarded: Professor of Law at the University of Utopia Planitia. (Go Ares Astronauts!)

The featured image is of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Oljato-Monument Valley, Arizona, United States. Credit to Cayetano Gil on Unsplash.

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