Episode 45.0 A New World – Part 1

S4-E2  A New World – Part 1

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We went long on this episode so please join Dud Gramley and Vickie to discuss the first half of Season 4, Episode 2,  A New World (part 2 will be published next week)

“The gang returns from 1947 and discover that things are not as they remember them. And Dr. Grant came along.

If you are a first time watcher, we suggest that you watch the episode BEFORE listening to this pod cast.

Links to items discussed in this episode:

There are no new characters or guest stars in this episode.


The Avengers Endgame – Time Travel:  (SPOILERS!!!!!)

The Avengers Endgame: Time Travel Explained –  But Does It Make Any Sense? 

Are you still trying to figure out Avengers: Endgame’s time travel rules? Then you’re in the right place!

We have a lot of questions about it as well, and the filmmakers’ conflicting answers on how it all works has us scratching our heads. But that said, we think we understand it… more or less.

Autism Infinity Symbol (Header Photo):

Autism Rights Movement: The autism rights movement (ARM), also known as the autistic culture movement or the neurodiversity movement, is a social movement within the context of disability rights that emphasizes the concept of neurodiversity, viewing the autism spectrum as a result of natural variations in the human brain rather than a disorder to be cured. The ARM advocates a variety of goals, including greater acceptance of autistic behaviors; therapies that focus on coping skills rather than imitating the behaviors of neurotypical peers; the creation of social networks and events that allow autistic people to socialize on their own terms; and the recognition of the autistic community as a minority group.

From: Marissa Lingen:

Autism and Eureka (or Why Allison Blake is a Great Big Jerk) 

So Eureka appears to be on hiatus until after Christmas, giving me plenty of time to fuss, fume, and explain why its treatment of its major autistic character, Kevin Blake, makes me want to punch things.

From: Interacting with Autism – Media Representations:


This mother’s struggle could be forgiven and related to by the autism community but after Season 4 an unfortunate change was made. The main cast gets thrown into an alternative timeline- their lives just slightly different. One thing that’s different: here Kevin has always been neurotypical. He is outgoing, athletic, and has the strong verbal relationship with his mother she always wanted

From: Autistic not Weird:

I asked my followers to share the most ridiculous “autism causes” they’d ever heard. Brace yourselves….

From: Autism Odysseys:

24 Times Doctor Who Has Helped Me Explain Autism

We have evolved into a “Whovian” family over the course of a few years –  my kids are ages 14, 12, 12 and 9. We have receptive / expressive language impairments (associated with an Autism diagnosis), so any subject that allows for reciprocal conversations is rejoiced! I also rejoice because I love sharing this interest with them and going to comic conventions to cater to my love of fandoms!

From Sarah Kurchak:

 How William Shatner Betrayed Autistic People’s Trust

The Light It Up Blue campaign and the puzzle piece image are both the products of Autism Speaks, a charity that is almost universally loathed by actually autistic people. If we’re being polite, we might say that we take issue with the fact that the organization’s name is presumptuous

From: Taking it a Step at a Time:

The Blue Bulb

A year later … it is still there, again for no other reason except that it is still working and it is difficult to change. Left over from years ago when I was ignorant enough to support “The Organization That Will Not Be Named” (AS). In my and other’s of the same era’s defense – we had nothing else. We were at the mercy of teachers, doctors and professionals who were supposed to know better. We had to learn and change on our own…

From Taking it a Step at a Time:

Autism in the Old Days: The Spectrum, Cures and Treatments

Back in the “Olden Days” (when we were all walking uphill in the snow to AND from school) when DC was diagnosed (the early 90’s) there was no internet to speak of. There was little information about autism readily available to parents. Yes, there were a few books that I’m sure every parent owned, but really not much else. We had to depend on our doctors and the school system.

The Brand New Book (Time Travel) mentioned in the podcast

Biding Time – The Chestnut Covin: Temporal Protection Corps Series – Book 1 – E.W. Barnes

After her grandparents die on the same day, Sharon Gorse discovers her grandmother was a time traveler—and then her world falls apart.

Stalked by a mysterious man, Sharon is plunged into a parallel timeline where everything she loves is lost, and her grandmother’s future world is in jeopardy.

Reluctantly partnered with a secretive agent from the future, Sharon must run through time to fix the past; save the present; and stop her own murder by the shadowy conspiracy, the Chestnut Covin.

But will she get back to the right timeline before the future closes forever and she ceases to exist?

Also: To Explore Strange New Worlds: Understanding Autism Through A Star Trek Lens

When Elizabeth Barnes discovered that her son was on the autism spectrum she realized she had a lot to learn. She also discovered a talent for finding fun ways to teach her son about his autism through his own interests. One of those interests, which she shared, was Star Trek.

Barnes writes with empathy and experience about raising a child on the autism spectrum, and the challenges they can face in understanding their own and others’ behavior. The various Star Trek

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