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Science Fiction TV Dinner: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

What would it be like to actually dwell in space? What challenges might bedevil us as we tried to live well in such a vast and inhospitable place? What opportunities for exploration and diversity of experience would open up? Star Trek: Deep Space Nine addresses these questions by powerfully shifting the scope of the Star Trek franchise, from a […]

Science Fiction TV Dinner: The Jetsons and Other Classic Cartoons

Classic cartoons like The Jetsons, Huckleberry Hound, and Beany and Cecil powerfully shape our vision of the world around us, including the way that we understand science and technology. These series have enduring power because of their irrepressible humor, occasional flashes of social insight and critique, and especially their style, which transforms our often-bewildering reality into a riot of […]

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Science Fiction TV Dinner: Westworld

Westworld examines timeless dilemmas about free will, individual identity, and the fundamental altruism or savagery of human nature through the lens of artificial intelligence and robotics. Building on motifs from a century of Hollywood westerns, the series is a unique blend of action cinema, philosophy seminar, enigmatic puzzle, and near-future technology. Join us for a screening […]

Cast photo of the TV series The Good Wife.

Science Fiction TV Dinner: The Good Wife

The Good Wife is a legal drama with salacious political overtones and an unusually complex and thought-provoking approach to emerging technology and the law—in 2013, Wired magazine called it “the most tech-savvy show on TV.” Join us for a screening and conversation with Torie Bosch, editor of Slate magazine’s Future Tense channel, and Ed Finn, […]

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Science Fiction TV Dinner: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon’s cult-classic series Buffy the Vampire Slayer continues to fascinate feminists, genre aficionados, and those of us who are hopelessly nostalgic for the late 1990s. Join us for a special Halloween edition of the Science Fiction TV Dinner series, where we’ll screen the Frankenstein-inspired episode “Some Assembly Required” and have a conversation with Buffy mavens Dawn Gilpin, associate professor at […]

An assortment of "glyphs" from the TV series Fringe: a cross-section of an apple, a frog, a handprint, etc.

Science Fiction TV Dinner: Fringe

Fringe is a police procedural tailored for a conspiracy-addled culture: a fever dream of near-future biotechnology research, Timothy Leary-esque 1960s counterculture, and the seemingly ineluctable creep of corporate governance. Created by J. J. Abrams, the mastermind behind Lost, Alias, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fringe envisions a future shaped by shadowy, unaccountable “Big Science” corporations. The series follows a small […]

Science Fiction TV Dinner: Occupied

The Norwegian thriller Occupied masterfully blends the Machiavellian ruthlessness and icy visual style of House of Cards with the existential threat of climate change. Masterminded by world-renowned crime novelist Jo Nesbø, the series depicts climate chaos and political turmoil in the near future, with the election of a green Prime Minister in Norway igniting a […]

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Science Fiction TV Dinner: The X-Files

When we think of The X-Files, we think of sprawling government conspiracies, eerie UFO sightings, cigarette-smoking men, and the compelling dynamic between the smoldering, occasionally unhinged Fox Mulder and the doggedly rational, ever-skeptical Dana Scully. But did you know that Mulder and Scully once met Frankenstein’s creature? In the fifth season episode “The Post-Modern Prometheus” (presented […]

Science Fiction TV Dinner – CSI: Cyber

In a moment of cyber-paranoia and cyber-crisis, there’s never been a cyber-time more cyber-appropriate for the overheated (and tragically, recently canceled) cyber-procedural, CSI: Cyber. Cybersecurity has never been more critical to public policy, and has never been less accurately understood, than in early 2017. We’ll use the ridiculous and occasionally sublime dramatics of CSI: Cyber […]

Science Fiction TV Dinner: Black Mirror

Black Mirror brings the breathtaking aesthetics, dystopian fervor, bracing social commentary, and eerie prescience of The Twilight Zone to the age of iPhones, Snapchat, and Snowden. The first season episode “Fifteen Million Merits” is an incisive cautionary tale about a future shaped by gamification, reality TV voyeurism, class exploitation, and the ever-narrowing window for authentic […]

Science Fiction TV Dinner – Star Trek: The Next Generation

September 8, 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek universe. Celebrate with us by taking a journey to the final frontier, where Captain Picard and his stouthearted crew encounter mystical artifacts and grapple with whether Data has an artistic imagination. The seventh season episode “Masks” quietly raises fascinating questions about crew dynamics and […]

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Science Fiction TV Dinner: Zombies from the U.K.

What happens after the zombie apocalypse ends? We’ve managed to survive and fend off the ravening hordes, but how do we rebuild our communities? The award-winning BBC series In the Flesh imagines a future where ex-zombies—sufferers of Partially Deceased Syndrome—are rehabilitated through medication and therapy. But reintegrating these people into society is traumatic and unpredictable, […]

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Science Fiction TV Dinner: Lost in Space

Running alongside Star Trek‘s original series at the dawn of the Space Age, Lost in Space presented a strikingly different vision for the future of human exploration in space. Lost in Space imagines deep space colonization as homesteading: the series is based on the classic novel The Swiss Family Robinson, and it blends domestic squabbles […]

Image of a man in a cowboy hat and a woman in a button-up shirt, from the TV series The Starlost.

Science Fiction TV Dinner: Starships from the 1970s

From Star Trek to Interstellar, starships have long held a special fascination for science fiction storytellers. The ships function as surrogate Earths, providing safety, sustenance, and a sense of home for people journeying among the stars. Starships contain whole communities, even entire societies, and often serve as host to complex ecosystems that encompass plant life, […]

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Science Fiction TV Dinner – Star Trek: The Original Series

Reception: 4:30 – 5:15pm / Doors Open: 5:15 / TV Dinner: 5:30 Star Trek’s original series remains perhaps our most influential and beloved vision of the future. It continues to animate our ambitions to explore space, exemplifies scientific ethics and the search for cross-cultural understanding, and even provides a design spec for Google’s dream of […]

Science Fiction TV Dinner: Robots from the 1980s

Featuring TV’s Small Wonder, futurist Brian David Johnson, and digital humanities scholar Jacqueline Wernimont Small Wonder rewires the classic American sitcom with hilariously awkward circuitry, dropping an adorable humanoid robot, Vicki, into a wholesome suburban family. At this very special 1980s TV Dinner, we’ll revel in Small Wonder‘s dated gender politics, questionably written dialogue, painfully […]

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Science Fiction TV Dinner – Star Trek: Voyager

Set in the 24th century and produced in the 1990s, Star Trek: Voyager reflects upon and updates Star Trek‘s hopeful vision for an intergalactic human future, its philosophical explorations, and its insistence on the importance of scientific inquiry and intercultural understanding. The only Trek series to feature a female captain, Kathryn Janeway, the show explores […]

Science Fiction TV Dinner: Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Highlights

Event Date: October 8, 2014
Location: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ASU

Episode: “Intervention” (Season 5)
Speakers: Bridget Kromhout, tech operations engineer; Astrid Atkinson, senior engineering manager, Google; Dawn Gilpin, associate professor of public relations and social media, ASU; Nina Miller, design strategist, Center for Science and the Imagination