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Star Trek's utopic sci-fi versus our dystopic reality

q's pop culture panel weighs in on the worthy, contentious, and mind-boggling stories from the week in arts and entertainment.
Edwin Hodge's Star Trek sociology course will use the show and its influence as a vehicle to explore sociological concepts including subcultures, countercultures and social movements. (Paramount Television/Associated Press)
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q's pop culture panel weighs in on the worthy, contentious, and mind-boggling stories from the week in arts and entertainment. Opinionated and irreverent, our panel takes pop culture seriously (but not too seriously).

Today's panellists are journalists Rachel Giese, Stephen Marche and Amanda Parris. Up for discussion: 

  • Star Trek turns 50: Star Trek imagined and operated in a utopia. 50 years later and the real world is still rather dystopic. The panel checks in on how the show's legacy has endured.
  • Related: Hailing Frequencies Open! Nichelle Nichols on Star Trek at 50
  • F/X series Atlanta: The Donald Glover-helmed series has been lauded for its balance of comedy and commentary. It's also notable for stacking the writer's room with fresh talent, all of whom are black. Sure, the critics are loving the new series but how's our panel feeling?
  • The end of #Hiddleswift: Oh, how will we go on? Love em or hate em, the vagaries of celebrity couples remain on our newsfeeds. Our panelist dish on their famous OTPs.  

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