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Picardian Ethics

Who has agency in Picard? Is Seven finally getting to define her own life, on her terms? Did the Romulans have a point, and why did Picard give up on the rescue and on the Federation?

This week, Matthew is joined by two of his podcasting inspirations, Matthew Carroll and David C. Roberson, to discuss season 1 of Star Trek: Picard.

David C. Roberson is a life-long tv/film/book geek who likes to podcast and pursue various artistic endeavors. He’s the co-host of DC on SCREENStar Trek Universe Podcast, and Breaking Bond. You can follow his artwork on Instagram @drawingwithdave, his photography @dcrphotographer, and his video work at He tweets @davidcroberson.

Matthew Carroll is a podcaster and musician, whose Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast helped launch a wide range of genre media casts, all of which are part of the Stranded Panda Podcast Network. His other podcasts include the Star Trek Universe Podcast, the Orville Universe PodcastBingers Assemble, and Who Watched the Watchmen, all of which can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you find podcasts. All of his podcasts and music can be found at Strandedpanda.Com.

We talked about the gun-control episode of Arrow as an example of the wrong way to deal with difficult issues—here is the essay I mentioned that I wrote about it: “The Arrow That Missed: The Gun Control Episode That Said Nothing”.

Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.