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Distant Origin (VOY S3 E23)
9th January 2024 • The Joy of Trek • Kay, Khaki and Greg
00:00:00 01:06:52

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Distant Origin (VOY S3 E23) was recommended by Toledo, who says:

"1. The theme of "people discovering that their past is different, interesting, and complicated" is a favorite of mine

2. The idea of humans finding, basically, cousins in space is really cool (and raises so many unknown questions, like "how did they get there?")

3. It's one ST episode that deals with issues of religion/mythology, and shows how those are used to structure power and identity in complicated ways (as well as how folks moving to change ingrained narratives run afoul not JUST of power, but of identities)

4. I recently watched the 1968 Planet of the Apes and was struck by the parallels to Distant Origin: conflicts over "doctrine," over personhood and rights, over history; but Chakotay is a much better person than Charleton Heston's character.

5. It's always fun when Starfleet runs into super-powerful alien races

6. For an episode that's a parable paralleling "intelligent design" vs. evolution conversations, it misunderstands evolution HILARIOUSLY. And I think that's important: you can make significant points without being accurate in every respect. (In this sense, it's like "Darmok," where the linguistics make NO sense but the emotions do.)


Distant Origin first aired on April 30, 1997, written by Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky, and directed by David Livingston

The Joy of Trek is hosted by Khaki & Kay, with editing & production by Chief Engineer Greg and music by Fox Amoore (Bandcamp | Bluesky)

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