In episode 3 of PoliTreks, Shashank and Barry tackle a perennial theme in Star Trek: spies! This first part of a three-part series, we use the TNG episode 'Face of the Enemy' from season 6 to explore the plight of the reluctant spy - those who have been brought unwillingly into the world of espionage.
We also look at real-world examples of this phenomena, specifically concerning Japanese individuals being taken by North Korean kidnappers.
Beyond that, we discuss notable historical characters who used surgical and cosmetic techniques to become different people. Here, we explore senses of 'self' within the spy world and its implications for characters in Star Trek compared to our society.
Shashank appears regularly as a co-host on PoliTreks.
Shashank successfully manages a day job as an analyst, a night job writing comic books, a weekend gig co-hosting Politreks. Or he puts all of it off for another day to binge rewatch DS9 for the six hundredth time.
School teacher, Trek enthusiast, dog lover!
Barry appears regularly as a co-host on PoliTreks.