Sci-fi Sense

Ep 01 : "THE NAKED NOW" - How Star Trek TNG Predicted the Coronavirus Pandemic

August 10, 2020 Justin Season 1 Episode 1
Sci-fi Sense
Ep 01 : "THE NAKED NOW" - How Star Trek TNG Predicted the Coronavirus Pandemic
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Sci-fi Sense
Ep 01 : "THE NAKED NOW" - How Star Trek TNG Predicted the Coronavirus Pandemic
Aug 10, 2020 Season 1 Episode 1
Justin

Pandemics, schmandemics. They've bugged us for ages and they never seem to go away. How will we deal with viruses in the future? What kind of precautions and counter-measures will we develop to protect ourselves and deal with the impacts - both physical and psychological? Why do people react to pandemics with such odd behavior?

Thanks to sci-fi, we have pandemic stories galore. For our first episode, we'll explore how Star Trek : The Next Generation - Episode 2 "The Naked Now" depicts one such viral outbreak aboard the SS Enterprise and will note its striking similarities to our current real world situation, in some ominous and also in some humorous ways. Hopefully, we'll gain some insights from the bizarre yet harrowing experience of the Enterprise's Crew as they face an existential crisis that strangely mirrors our own. Strap in your seatbelts and grab an N95 mask, cuz it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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Show Notes

Pandemics, schmandemics. They've bugged us for ages and they never seem to go away. How will we deal with viruses in the future? What kind of precautions and counter-measures will we develop to protect ourselves and deal with the impacts - both physical and psychological? Why do people react to pandemics with such odd behavior?

Thanks to sci-fi, we have pandemic stories galore. For our first episode, we'll explore how Star Trek : The Next Generation - Episode 2 "The Naked Now" depicts one such viral outbreak aboard the SS Enterprise and will note its striking similarities to our current real world situation, in some ominous and also in some humorous ways. Hopefully, we'll gain some insights from the bizarre yet harrowing experience of the Enterprise's Crew as they face an existential crisis that strangely mirrors our own. Strap in your seatbelts and grab an N95 mask, cuz it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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Further reading on topics referenced in this episode, sources, and transcripts are available on our Patreon at http://patreon.com/scifisense, where you can become a member to unlock exclusive content, access our livestream events, and many other member-only perks. Every little bit counts towards helping us put out more high quality content on a regular basis. We’re a fledgling operation and appreciate all the support we can get to help grow our community.