Travelling the Mushroom Highway: Star Trek Discovery's Alternate Futures - Comiccon de Montréal

Travelling the Mushroom Highway: Star Trek Discovery's Alternate Futures

Sunday 03:45 PM to 04:30 PM

511C: Panel Room 1

Star Trek Discovery is unique in Trek history for powering its engine with an energy source that is not mined, but harvested. But the spore drive's apparent absence in the show's canon and any spinoffs means Trek's imaginary remains in a future that has not completely abandoned extractivism.
In this panel we discuss the Discovery's takes on the body, AI, race, empire, and gender. What kinds of futures does the show imagine and how different are they from our present? What happens when you kill your gays and you bring them back? And perhaps most importantly what can we, fans, critics, and ask of the franchise in 2019 when climate change is an "alternative fact," but spore drives cannot be canon?

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