Michael Moreci: Starship Troopers: Paul Verhoeven’s Manic, Misunderstood Satire – Tor.com

Satirizing war—condemning war—is easy. What’s not easy is extending the tragedy of war beyond the politicians, beyond the world leaders, beyond those higher-ups that are typically held responsible and laying some of that blame on our shoulders—us watching at home—as well. To great effect, Verhoeven uses news footage to give context to the world beyond… Continue reading Michael Moreci: Starship Troopers: Paul Verhoeven’s Manic, Misunderstood Satire – Tor.com

Charlie Jane Anders: The Essential Difference Between Star Wars and Star Trek – io9

The later Star Trek series are frequently concerned with the wisdom of command—Picard, in particular, obsesses about choosing the wise path and being a responsible leader. Deep Space Nine and Voyager try to take away some of Starfleet’s awesome power (by showing a crew without a giant starship, or a starship without starbases) but still… Continue reading Charlie Jane Anders: The Essential Difference Between Star Wars and Star Trek – io9