11 Facts About Station Eleven

By kristy puchko | jul 10, 2021.

Star Trek was a key influence in Emily St. John Mandel's 2014 novel, Station Eleven.

Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel, Station Eleven, whisks readers around the globe and across decades, exploring the before and after of the fictional Georgia Flu pandemic that eradicates the world as they know it. Leaping back and forth through time, the post-apocalyptic novel interweaves the stories of an egotistical actor and his ex-wives, a paramedic-in-training, a physicist lost in space, and a nomadic troupe of Shakespearean actors known as The Travelling Symphony. Here’s what you need to know about the ambitious and acclaimed novel. (Spoilers below!)

1. Station Eleven takes its name from a story within the story.

Created by artist-turned-shipping exec Miranda Carroll, Dr. Eleven is a graphic novel (within the novel) that follows the adventures of its titular scientist aboard Station Eleven. Like the novel’s post-apocalyptic setting, this eponymous space station is in ruin, yet besieged by drama. In the post-pandemic year 20, these little-known comics are treasured by child actress-turned -Shakespearean trouper Kirsten Raymonde as well as the mysterious Prophet, who rules over the crumbling community of St. Deborah By The Water.

2. Emily St. John Mandel re-imagined her hometown in Station Eleven .

Much of the plot of Station Eleven unfurls in the Great Lakes region of post-pandemic North America. However, the fictional Delano Island, where famed actor Arthur Leander and his first wife Miranda grew up, was based on Denman Island, a small, rural island in British Columbia where Mandel was raised . It was also where she established her love of the performing arts (she seriously considered becoming a dancer), writing, and Star Trek , all of which became pivotal for Station Eleven ’s creation.

3. Station Eleven ’s Star Trek allusion reflects Emily St. John Mandel’s personal belief.

“I hesitate to call myself a ‘trekkie’ because that implies a level of fandom that’s just kind of beyond,” she told the Columbia Tribune in 2015. “I mean, I don’t know Klingon.” Still, a line from an episode of Star Trek: Voyager became a credo to her and Station Eleven ’s Travelling Symphony. Mandel recounted how she regularly watched the show in her teen years, noting, “I do remember watching that episode [‘Survival Instinct’] in 1999, when Seven-of-Nine says, ‘Survival is insufficient.’ And that did sort of stay with me. It struck me as an utterly elegant expression of what I believe.”

“Survival is never sufficient,” she told NPR . “Here in the present ... we play musical instruments at refugee camps. We put on plays in war zones. Immediately following the Second World War, there was a fashion show in Paris. There's something about art I think that can remind us of our humanity. It could remind us of our civilization. So that line became almost the thesis statement of the entire novel.”

4. Station Eleven ’s opening King Lear sequence was inspired by a real theater production.

Nothing so tragic as the onstage death of an acting legend occurred in real life. Yet in the acknowledgment notes at the end of Station Eleven , Mandel writes, “The Toronto staging of King Lear described in this book is partially based on James Lapine’s exquisite 2007 production of the play at the Public Theater in New York City, in that Lapine’s production featured the unusual addition of three little girls who performed nonspeaking parts as child versions of Lear’s daughters.”

“They never have a line of dialogue in the play, but they were just on stage playing a game,” she explained to Bustle in 2014, “Later, they came back as hallucinations in the mad scene. It lent a kind of pathos to it, because the idea of those characters [Regan and Goneril] in their adult versions—they're so evil! But you see that they were children once. It brought an extra level of sadness.”

5. Emily St. John Mandel wrote Station Eleven to avoid being pigeonholed.

Prior to Station Eleven , Mandel had written three novels: Last Night In Montreal , The Singer’s Gun, and The Lola Quartet . In a 2014 interview with The Washington Post , Mandel explained that she doesn’t write with genre in mind. Still, all three of her books had been classified as crime thrillers. “With ‘Station Eleven,’ I set out to write something completely different,” she explained, “because I didn’t want to be pigeonholed as a crime writer.”

6. The success of Station Eleven urged Emily St. John Mandel to quit her survival job.

Mandel’s three previous books hadn’t sold well , but Station Eleven minted her as a literary star, selling 1.5 million copies. Yet, in the summer of 2015, she was balancing a tour for her wildly popular novel with her work as an administrative assistant at Rockefeller University’s cancer-research lab. While booking a flight for her boss, she realized her dream job was going so well that others were paid to book her travel for the tour—so it was probably time to quit her safety gig. “If you’re from a working-class background,” she told Vulture in a 2020 profile , “it’s really hard to let go of that day job.”

7. Station Eleven won widespread acclaim.

The novel was long-listed for the Bailey’s women’s prize for fiction , short-listed for the Pen/Faulkner award , named a finalist for the U.S.’s National Book Awards , and won the Toronto Book Award . However, its most prestigious honor was winning The Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science-fiction book of the year. “While many post-apocalypse novels focus on the survival of humanity,” Chair of the judges, Andrew M. Butler pronounced in 2015 , “ Station Eleven focuses instead on the survival of our culture, with the novel becoming an elegy for the hyper-globalised present.”

8. George R. R. Martin championed Station Eleven .

The fantasy author renowned for creating the Game of Thrones book series took to his personal blog to proclaim Mandel’s book the best novel of 2014. “One could, I suppose, call it a post-apocalypse novel,” Martin wrote in his Live Journal . “And it is that, but all the usual tropes of that subgenre are missing here, and half the book is devoted to flashbacks to before the coming of the virus that wipes out the world, so it's also a novel of character, and there's this thread about a comic book and Doctor Eleven and a giant space station and ... oh, well, this book should NOT have worked, but it does. It's a deeply melancholy novel, but beautifully written, and wonderfully elegiac ... a book that I will long remember, and return to.”

9. Emily St. John Mandel doesn’t think of Station Eleven as science-fiction.

Station Eleven won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science-fiction book of the year in 2015, but in a 2014 tweet exchange, Mandel revealed that she doesn’t think her novel is sci-fi at all.

On October 15, 2014, Washington Post book correspondent Ron Charles published an article about Station Eleven ’s inclusion on the National Book Award Finalists, writing , “[It is] one of the very few sci-fi novels that have ever been finalists for the NBA.”

Mandel responded on Twitter , tweeting, “Great piece. I actually don't think of Station Eleven as sci-fi, but am fully prepared to concede that I may be alone in this ...” This tweet led to an e-mail exchange with Charles, in which Mandel admitted , “I was surprised to discover that if you write literary fiction that’s set partly in the future, you’re apparently a sci-fi writer.”

10. Emily St. John Mandel thinks genre labels in fiction are bad for readers.

“My only objection to these categories,” she told WaPo , “Is that when you have a book like [ Station Eleven ] that doesn’t fit neatly into any category, there’s a real risk that readers who only read ‘literary fiction’ won’t pick it up because they think they couldn’t possibly like sci-fi. While sci-fi readers will pick up the book based on the sci-fi categorization, and then be disappointed because the book isn’t sci-fi enough.”

11. Emily St. John Mandel warned readers away from Station Eleven during the coronavirus pandemic.

Perhaps some felt a book about scrappy survivors creating art in the wake of a world-razing epidemic might be a balm to read in 2020. However, Mandel—who did plenty of research into pathogens while writing Station Eleven —responded empathetically to those who lamented the decision to read the novel in January of 2020, tweeting , “To all the distressed readers in my mentions: we’re in agreement that it just wasn’t a great week to start reading Station Eleven , and I don’t like to think about the coronavirus either.”

In February, she more explicitly advised in a tweet , “Now is a bad time to start a re-read of Station Eleven .”

Facts Only Huge Fans Know About Station Eleven

Himesh Patel looking to the side in "Station Eleven"

"There is no before." These words became the unofficial motto of HBO's 2021 miniseries, " Station Eleven ." This 10-episode show focuses on the interwoven lives of survivors before, during, and after a virulent plague devastates the world. As an adaptation of a novel by Emily St. John Mandel , the show was guided by showrunner Patrick Somerville with the intention of fleshing out certain elements of the original story while staying true to the source material.

" Station Eleven " featured an impressive cast of actors, such as Himesh Patel, David Wilmot, Nabhaan Rizwan, and Lori Petty. Many of these actors play versions of the same character across the span of their lives, going from years before the pandemic to decades later. The main character, Kirsten, is played by an incredible new talent in Matilda Lawler as a child, while her adult self is portrayed by Mackenzie Davis. The time jumps of "Station Eleven" help to weave a complex story of love, loss, and survival across time.

While "Station Eleven" has received near-universal praise from critics and audiences, it also struggled to gain the attention that fans felt it deserved. The show currently holds a stunning 98% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes  and was nominated for seven Primetime Emmys back in 2022 for categories such as writing, directing, and lead actor in a limited series. Unfortunately, the production suffered thanks to the real-life COVID-19 pandemic . 

Given its nuance and complexity, there are many interesting details about the show that you might not know. Learn all the facts that only huge fans know about " Station Eleven ."

'Survival is insufficient' comes from Star Trek

If you've watched "Station Eleven" or read the original novel of the same name , you know it had a lot of catchphrases that characters repeat. These mantras, like "There is no before" and "I remember damage," exist within the show as pieces of dialogue from the "Station Eleven" comic that Kirsten becomes obsessed with after the plague. The most iconic phrase is "Survival is insufficient," which refers to the Traveling Symphony's need to express their creative passions even in the post-apocalypse. After all, what's the point of surviving if you have nothing to live for?

Although that line has become deeply associated with "Station Eleven," it turns out that author Emily St. John Mandel borrowed it from a better-known media property. The phrase "survival is insufficient" first appeared in a 1999 episode of " Star Trek: Voyager " titled " Survival Instinct ," where it is uttered by the half-borg character Seven of Nine. Within the context of that show, Seven of Nine was responding to a question from Chakotay about whether it's better to live longer as a Borg drone or shorter as a free being. He asked, "A month as an individual, or a lifetime as a drone. Which option would you choose?" Seven of Nine simply replies, " Survival is insufficient ." In both "Star Trek" and "Station Eleven," the phrase is used to simplify the notion that a prolonged life is meaningless without the passions that make us all human to enrich our spirits.

This isn't the only "Star Trek" mention on the show; a young Kirsten is also seen watching it at a cabin where she and Jeevan take shelter. The episode she's watching has a title drawn from Shakespeare's "Hamlet," another major influence on "Station Eleven." You can also spot a Spock figurine and a model Starship Enterprise among the items left in the airport tower where Clark establishes a museum to human-created objects. 

It was Matilda Lawler's first big role

Although "Station Eleven" focuses on multiple characters over a span of 30 years, there's no doubt that Kirsten is the focal point of the entire series. Although half the time we see her as an adult in the Traveling Symphony, she is introduced as a child played by newcomer Matilda Lawler . Young Kirsten is first seen alongside Jeevan at the performance of "King Lear" that sets the plot in motion; the two become stuck with each other after the super deadly flu virus ravages the city.

Matilda Lawler played young Kirsten throughout the show, mostly in scenes taking place in 2020 or in dream sequences later on. Her performance has been hailed by critics who noted just how gifted of a performer she is for a 14-year-old. In an interview with Indiewire , Lawler discussed the unique dynamic she formed with fellow actor (and fellow Kirsten) Mackenzie Davis. She said, "We both felt connected to each other because we both knew the character already. We were representing such different parts of Kirsten's journey. We got to know each other, and it was really great." Although she is at this point most known for her work on "Station Eleven," there's no doubt we'll be seeing more of Matilda Lawler in the years to come, and she's already slated to appear in the Disney+ series "The Santa Clauses."  

Dan Romer did all the music

Not only is the writing, directing, and acting of "Station Eleven" top-notch but also the music. The series was scored by an incredibly talented musician named Dan Romer , whose work may be familiar to fans of movie soundtracks. For "Station Eleven," Romer composed multiple pieces of music that gave each scene a sense of gravitas and emotional weight needed to match the ongoing drama surrounding these characters. Some of his most notable pieces of music for the show include "I Remember Damage," "Captain, I Need You to Do an Impossible Task," and "Doctor Eleven," to name just a few. The entire soundtrack is on YouTube  and is definitely worth a listen even if you haven't seen the show. Romer's original soundtrack is also complemented by the use of works by other composers, like Liszt's famous "La Campanella," and diegetic music, such as the karaoke the denizens of the airport sing.  

Aside from "Station Eleven," Dan Romer has made a name for himself composing music for both film and television over the past decade. He earned early success with his work on "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which earned him four Academy Award nominations in 2012. Since then, he has done music for projects like "Beasts of No Nation," "The Little Hours," "Luca," and "Dear Evan Hansen," which have continued to earn him critical acclaim. Romer also created the soundtracks for shows such as "Maniac" and "The Little Demon," as well as the Ubisoft video game "Far Cry 5."

George R.R. Martin loved the original book

" Game of Thrones " is one of HBO's biggest hits. The fantasy drama series took the world by storm thanks to its complicated narrative, exciting battle sequences, compelling lore, and the constant fear that one of your favorite characters could be killed off at any moment. Although the show had an infamously rough final season, the series remains a touchstone in the fantasy genre. The show was an adaptation of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of books by George R.R. Martin .

George R.R. Martin has become a household name since writing the first entry of his series, "A Game of Thrones," in 1991, spawning a massive franchise. He is responsible for writing the entire " A Song of Ice and Fire " series, "Fire and Blood," as well as actually writing some episodes of HBO's "Game of Thrones" and now " House of the Dragon ." 

Martin is also very vocal about promoting other writers' work whenever he gets the chance, as he did in a 2015 post on his Not A Blog website where he praised "Station Eleven." He said, "It's a deeply melancholy novel, but beautifully written, and wonderfully elegiac... a book that I will long remember, and return to." Later in 2020, he continued singing Emily St. John Mandel's praises in another post, declaring, "I guess you can say I am a big Emily St. John Mandel fanboy. I look forward to whatever she writes next." It'll be interesting to see if St. John Mandel's writing influences Martin's long-awaited and much-anticipated book, "The Winds of Winter."

Features some big Chicago landmarks

"Station Eleven" takes place in the Great Lakes area and the city of Chicago . Although this is a departure from the original setting of Toronto, showrunner Patrick Somerville deliberately changed it to Chicago, since that was a place he'd lived in and therefore was more intimately familiar with. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times , Somerville briefly explained his rationale for setting the present-day storyline in Chicago with a creative answer: "The architecture of that town speaks to the specificity of the places in Episode 1." What exactly that's supposed to mean is up to interpretation; all we know for sure is that the change worked out pretty well.

The first episode of "Station Eleven" takes place in downtown Chicago, where Jeevan and Kirsten meet after tragedy strikes during a performance of "King Lear" at the historic Auditorium Theater. From there, the show features a number of beloved city landmarks that solidify the connection between the series and Chicago. Some other notable locations that appear in "Station Eleven" are Lake Point Tower (where Frank lives), Navy Pier (where a plane crashes), Thompson Center (where Miranda has a job interview), and the Brown Line L Train (that Jeevan and Kirsten take together). A story's setting can become another character in itself, so the way "Station Eleven" uses Chicago's iconography to show the chaos of a global pandemic was particularly interesting to audiences .

Another interesting tidbit: the carpet in the airport where Clark and other characters are stranded is printed with an abstract map of the Great Lakes. 

Similar to a play about The Simpsons

This may sound absurd, but one of the biggest comparisons to Emily St. John Mandel's "Station Eleven" is a semi-obscure post-apocalyptic play centered around an episode of " The Simpsons ." In"Station Eleven," stories take on a second life in ways their creators never could have anticipated by their creators. A key plot element of the show is the titular book, "Station Eleven," which becomes Kirsten's obsession after it was given to her by her mentor and father figure, Arthur. In  the post-plague world, an entire cult has formed around "Station Eleven" as its sacred text, with members quoting lines from it like scripture and devoid of all context.

There is a piece of black comedy performance art that touches on similar themes in 2012's " Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play ." The story focuses on a small group of people who survive an end-of-the-world scenario and begin retelling a particular episode of "The Simpsons" for entertainment. By showing how the story changes over time, "Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play" demonstrates how stories can morph into entirely new and unexpected forms as a goofy cartoon is transformed into myth. While these two stories have significant differences in their approaches to examining storytelling at the end of the world, they are similar enough to warrant comparison by literary critics .

Jeevan and Kirsten were changed for the show

While there are plenty of smaller changes between the original novel and the HBO adaptation of "Station Eleven," none was as impactful as the added importance of the relationship between Jeevan and Kirsten . Kirsten is undeniably the main character and is given the most screen time as both a child and an adult. Jeevan is introduced as a man who feels responsible for helping Kirsten after the death of her father figure, Arthur Leander. Jeevan's sense of duty increases once he realizes the seriousness of the ongoing flu epidemic. Their relationship grows even closer after the two join Jeevan's brother, Frank, and survive the early days of the apocalypse together before being tragically separated for decades. Without spoiling anything for newcomers, the culmination of Jeevan and Kirsten's story is one of the most emotionally impactful moments of the series.

In the original novel, however, Jeevan's role in the story is greatly diminished compared to what he is given in the show. Jeevan only helps Kirsten find her designated guardian at the play after Arthur's death, and the two spend only a fraction of time together as a result. Once he escorts Kirsten to relative safety after the play, they never actually meet again in the novel at all, and Jeevan's fate remains unknown. These changes seemingly were for the best, since the dynamic between these two characters forms the emotional backbone of the series.

Talks of a second season

"Station Eleven" is a perfect example of a show that only needs one season to tell a complete, complex, and satisfying story without having to drag it out too long. By the end of the last episode, fans feel like they went on an emotional journey with these characters in a way that doesn't leave any unanswered questions. Despite this, there has actually been talk of a second season in the future that could continue telling stories within the "Station Eleven" world.

If there is to be another season of "Station Eleven," it probably won't follow the continued adventures of the Traveling Symphony or Kirsten at all. During an interview with  Mackenzie Davis at Variety , she went into detail about how turning the show into an anthology series (a la " True Detective ") would be the most interesting way to make more content while staying true to the novel. She said, "...Emily St. John Mandel, who wrote the book, has said, this isn't everybody's experience [of the apocalypse]. This is the experience of this group of people in this area of the world. There is a completely different group of people that have built an agricultural wonderland, and aren't traveling bards and aren't cobbling together this meager existence and settlements. I think that interests me more than excavating these characters." Whether or not this will actually happen remains to be seen.

Someone does the speech from Independence Day

"Station Eleven" isn't all gloom and doom. It actually has some pretty hilarious moments of levity to cut through all the drama. Twenty years after a flu ends human civilization as we know it, a group of survivors called the Traveling Symphony takes their caravan across the Great Lakes region to perform live theater for whoever's left alive. They mostly tend to do Shakespeare , but with interesting changes to match the new world they all live in.

The show gives us a glimpse of the Traveling Symphony's audition process, where prospective new members must perform a monologue of their choice for the entire troupe before they're chosen (or denied). One of the show's funniest moments comes from a zany newcomer, Dan, desperately trying to join the Symphony by auditioning for them in the second episode . Once they reluctantly agree to lend him their ears, he bursts out into a rendition of Bill Pullman's iconic speech from the 1996 disaster epic, " Independence Day ." Not only does he deliver the speech flawlessly, but the show also adds the same swelling background music from the movie to really hit home the humor. It is an absolutely endearing moment that works for Dan, who is actually accepted into the group as a result. It's also interesting to see which pieces of media and pop culture have survived into this post-apocalyptic realm. It's like President Whitmore says : "We will not go quietly into the night, we will not vanish without a fight. We're going to live on. We're going to survive." That pretty much boils down the essence of "Station Eleven" in a nutshell, it seems.

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Emily St. John Mandel's new novel, Station Eleven , opens with a vain actor — and is there really any other kind? — who dies of a heart attack onstage as he plays King Lear in Toronto. His co-stars can't remember if he had a family to notify. But soon, within minutes, the death of one man playing Lear disappears into the vast, mass death of a worldwide plague called the Georgia Flu. And the novel skips forward 20 years to a young woman who was just eight when she was on stage with that actor and is now trying to make her way in a world that's been shorn of most of what we call civilization.

Station Eleven has been a best seller. It won several major awards, was an NPR Books Concierge pick , and it's just come out in paperback. But book awards and paperback releases are a thing of the past in the world Mandel has created. "No cities," she tells NPR's Scott Simon. "No countries, no internet, no more Facebook, no more email. I very purposely set much of the action 15 and then 20 years after that flu pandemic. And the reason for that is that I feel that most dystopian fiction tends to dwell on that immediate aftermath of horror and mayhem. What I was really interested and writing about was what's the new culture and the new world that begins to emerge? In this altered world, there is a traveling Shakespearean theater company and symphony orchestra touring the small and fairly isolated communities in the Midwest."

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On why she featured a troupe of actors.

I found it hopeful. You know, it's interesting. It's not that I don't think that there would be a period of absolute mayhem and chaos and horror. It's that I don't think that period would last forever everywhere on earth. You know because, mayhem is not a terribly sustainable way of life. It seemed at least plausible to me that there would eventually be some kind of hope. Perhaps it's wishful thinking on my part, but I did like the idea that a Shakespearean company might be able to make it.

You know, it's interesting to think about what survives. I remember describing the premise of the novel to my husband, and he said, "People would want what was best about the world."

On what survives — including a comic book treasured by several characters

Of course you hope in a scenario like this, what would survive would be the Beethoven symphonies, the Shakespeare plays, the things that we think of as the highest and most exalted expressions of our culture. What if it's also a self-published comic book? Yeah, I was interested in the randomness of what survives and what doesn't. So yeah, there is a comic book that's drawn by a character in the present day. She has no expectation that anybody else will ever see her work. For her, the important thing is the work itself, not whether or not it's ever published.

On the Traveling Symphony's motto, "survival is insufficient" It is not from Shakespeare. I in fact stole it shamelessly from Star Trek: Voyager . Yes, an episode that aired in 1999. I remember watching that episode and I remember being absolutely struck by that line. Survival is never sufficient. Here in the present, we play — we play musical instruments at refugee camps. We put on plays in warzones. Immediately following the Second World War, there was a fashion show in Paris. There's something about art I think that can remind us of our humanity. It could remind us of our civilization. So that line became almost the thesis statement of the entire novel.

On the recent popularity of post-apocalyptic fiction A suggestion that I hear quite often is that our interest in post-apocalyptic fiction is a natural expression of the anxiety we feel. We always seem to think the world's ending. It's some sort of combination of pessimism or narcissism that — it's almost as though we want to believe or living at the climax of the story. Someone suggested to me that it has to do with economic inequality. That we secretly desire a situation in which this entire apparatus is blown up and we all start over again on perfect equal footing.

The theory that I found the most interesting was suggested to me by a bookseller in England last year: she thought perhaps our interest in these futuristic narratives had to do with the fact that there are no more frontiers. You know, it's no longer possible to set out as a pioneer and stake a claim and start a new life. Now that that's all mapped and charted out and there are no more frontiers — that's left us with a certain restlessness, that I suppose gets channeled into our interest in this futuristic, speculative fiction.

On what she'd want to save in an apocalypse

You know, I think I'd want to save a globe. Something that came up for me as I was writing this book was how incredibly local your world would become. But you know, here I am in Philadelphia this afternoon. If I lived in Philadelphia, I would have no idea what was going on. Even in rural Pennsylvania, let alone Asia, you know your world becomes so small so quickly. And I think it would be very easy to lose perspective and think that this was the entire world. So I would want a globe, just to remember that there was a world out there.

HBO Max's Station Eleven Hides Star Trek Easter Eggs in Plain Sight

Station Eleven isn’t strictly science fiction, but the post-apocalyptic mini-series leans on Star Trek references to set a mood and craft a motto.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Station Eleven , available now on HBO Max.

It may still feel too soon for a post-apocalyptic story about the world after a raging virus decimates the population, but HBO Max's adaptation of the acclaimed novel  Station Eleven  still lands. The story is perhaps most relevant to the COVID world, but it's more than just the pandemic that makes the mini-series feel relatable. References to  Star Trek , both explicit and more subtle, highlight the show's science fiction leanings and make the sometimes surreal landscape feel familiar.

Station Eleven primarily follows Kirsten, a young girl when the pandemic strikes who has joined up with a theatrical caravan in the decades after. The troupe, called the Travelling Symphony, journies the Great Lakes region  performing Shakespeare at various survivor encampments when a local cult leader starts to cause trouble for the survivors.

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Star Trek: The Original Series makes an appearance in Episode 4, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Aren't Dead." As Kirsten waits out the pandemic in a Chicago apartment, she watches "The Conscience of the King," an episode from the very first season of Star Trek . The episode's title is a reference to the Shakespeare play Hamlet and features a performance of the play itself, paralleling the performance of the same play in Station Eleven .

Perhaps less noticeable, the next episode features a small Spock action figure . As one survivor sets up the first incarnation of his museum to Earth's past, he decorates a table with cell phones, an iPod, a Nintendo Switch, a gun, an American passport and the Spock figure, still in its original packaging. The museum is a strange mixture of deadly and playful, of electronic and analog, and the presence of the still-packaged action figure from The Original Series among these otherwise non-descript objects lends a note of color to the collection.

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The most significant reference so far, however, is not to  The Original Series but the more modern Voyager . Painted on the windows of the lead vehicle of the Travelling Symphony's caravan are the words "Survival is Insufficient." The phrase comes from the  Voyager Season 6 episode "Survival Instinct," where Seven of Nine is forced to decide whether it is better to live a full life under the control of the Borg or have just one month as a truly free being.

The episode questions whether surviving without agency, without truly thriving, is any kind of life at all. While the reduced lifespan has no direct corollary in  Station Eleven , the idea that surviving alone after the trauma of the apocalypse is not enough resonates throughout the series. Kirsten and the Travelling Symphony focus not on the mundane tasks of gathering food and ensuring shelter but on bringing art to survivors so that those who remain can enjoy this life. The symphony isn't content to just survive the pandemic, their goal is to make a life worth living.

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The references to  Star Trek in  Station Eleven are bolstered by the continuing recurrence of the idea of the traveling astronaut from the fictional graphic novels that feature heavily within the show. The romance of space travel and journeying among the stars backbones these stories that have so enamored Kirsten and that inform the cult leader's religion. It's not directly  Star Trek , but when coupled with the explicit references throughout the rest of the show, it's hard not to see the graphic novels as being inspired by the series.

While  Station Eleven still has three episodes to go, the mini-series has already established deep roots in the  Star Trek universe. It's hard to imagine that the series won't show up again as  Station Eleven draws to its conclusion -- especially given that the author of the source material, Emily St. John Mandel, even includes an acknowledgment to Voyager  and writer Ronald D. Moore on the back of her novel.

To see what other Star Trek references arise, new episodes of Station Eleven premiere Thursdays on HBO Max.

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Station Eleven EPs Talk Book Changes, Star Trek Easter Egg and Why That Big Finale Moment Simply Had to Happen

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The following contains spoilers from the Jan. 13 finale of HBO Max ‘s Station Eleven limited series .

With its 10th and final episode released this Thursday, HBO Max’s Station Eleven closed the book on its dystopian saga about the aftermath of a brutal pandemic.

In it, we learned that Jeevan (played by Himesh Patel) was the doctor called upon by the Severn City Airport community to check on, and ultimately lay to rest, conductor Sara (Lori Petty); Kirsten (Mackenzie Davis) arranged for Elizabeth (Caitlin FitzGerald) to play Gertrude in the Traveling Symphony’s staging of Hamlet , as a means for her to finally talk with long-lost son Tyler (Daniel Zovatto); Clark (David Wilmot) came to realize who exactly Kirsten was; and Miranda (Danielle Deadwyler) was revealed in flashback to have quietly played a key role in saving many early-pandemic lives.

TVLine spoke with showrunner Patrick Somerville and fellow executive producer Jessica Rhoades about adapting — and making significant changes to — Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel, and some of the finale’s grandest moments.

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TVLINE | I caught that Star Trek Easter egg in an early episode, based solely on the Stardate overheard on a TV [from the episode “The Conscience of the King,” about a traveling Shakespeare troupe ]. Whose idea was that? SOMERVILLE | Well, in the Station Eleven book, the phrase “because survival is insufficient” actually comes from an episode of Star Trek: Voyager , and [author] Emily has talked about how that’s a perfect demonstration of the high/low of Station Eleven , and how valuable stuff can come from absolutely anywhere, whether it’s Shakespeare, Star Trek … Like, you can get it anywhere, so long as you use it in the right way. And then the nice advantage of making a show with your studio being Paramount is that you maybe have a bit more access to some stuff that you can put on the screen. So, I knew about that famous Star Trek episode about Shakespeare, and when it came time to find out what episode [young] Kirsten was watching, it’s just a little nod to the fact that Star Trek already existed in the Station Eleven novel, and this was another way to do it.

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It was also an opportunity to get Jeevan out of his own head for Episode 1 and have someone to play off of in a conversation, and it was a way to complicate the brother dynamic with Frank and Jeevan, to add a stranger and to see a group of people making a new family. And when you have an incredible actor like Matilda Lawler (Young Kirsten) and an incredible actor like Himesh Patel, you put them together as much as you can. You put Himesh together with Mackenzie, as well, as much as you can, to get your biggest bang for your buck.

TVLINE | You started production on this just before the COVID pandemic started. Was the script always the script, or at any point after the real pandemic hit, did you kind of dial back anything, to make it hit a little less closer to home? JESSICA RHOADES | [Episodes] 1 and 3, which are the most pandemic-forward episodes, I would say, were completed when our real pandemic struck and we were stopped down, and eventually we did come back and shoot in the pandemic. I would say that the scripts and the story remained almost completely as they were originally designed, because the pandemic of our show is so much more “world-ending” than, thank god, our true life, so I don’t think we felt the need to adjust the actual response to the pandemic. But what was important to us was that we all took what we had learned as humans, emotionally, and what we knew about being isolated. We saw how amazing it felt when you found ways to build community, to connect with people, to have moments that felt normal, whether large or small. The show always lived in large and small [moments], but I think we all had learned it, ourselves, through our own experience.

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But that story didn’t feel fair to me unless there was a Part 2, which was when she completed that [book], she opened her eyes and looked out at the world, saw she had a few hours left to live, but what can you do to help? Now that that project is complete, what do I have at my disposal to make a difference, to somehow make things better? And in terms of total hours left alive and total good done, Miranda’s second half of the story is quite heroic and brave. I think she couldn’t have done Part 2 if she hadn’t had done Part 1. It always felt like Miranda needed to have a causal impact on the characters we had gotten to know, to really complete what I think is a more true portrait of an artist.

TVLINE | Something I tweeted at one of my peers, early on in the season, was how I kind of love the idea that one thing that survived all this was live theater. SOMERVILLE | Well, it makes sense. One of our writers, Sarah McCarron, is in the theater. She was a mime, and she’s done performance her whole life, and she was always saying that this makes sense because you don’t need anything to put on Shakespeare. That’s why it’s pandemic-proof. You don’t need sets, you don’t need even lighting. Like, it’s all here. Yeah, [Shakespeare] talks a lot, there’s a lot of words, but because of that you can do it anywhere, with anyone, in any context, and it’ll work — and there’s something awesome about that to me. It’s not just because Shakespeare’s fancy that it’s here. It’s because Shakespeare’s sort of apocalypse-proof. You don’t need a bunch of money to put it on. You just need some people who can read and remember. RHOADES | Live music survives, too. The gather-around-the-fire hootenanny, telling stories. And the original music, the folk songs sung by the Traveling Symphony, those were written by Patrick and Dan Romer. Those are original songs as artists would create ways to tell the story of what they’ve lived, as folks songs have always been.

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TVLINE | I was kind of hoping we’d get a bit of a postmortem from each of them — like, “I gotta tell you about the wolf, and the department store full of pregnant women, and…” RHOADES | But you know they did that. That did happen. SOMERVILLE | Overnight. But the reason that it’s not in the show is because you already know it. We didn’t need to see that, because you already saw it, so we skipped that and got to the goodbye, the heart of the matter, instead, because I think that’s the thing that was new for both of them, the chance to say goodbye knowing they’re saying goodbye to each other. That’s what each of them lost [20 years ago], so the last scene in the show lets our two leads have the thing that everybody didn’t get to have.

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TVLINE | And then lastly, for each of you, what was your favorite sequence from the series? SOMERVILLE | My favorite scene in the whole show is the last scene of the show. [Kirsten and Jeevan] walking and saying goodbye. RHOADES | There are so many sequences that move me and push me to tears or make me laugh, but to me, it’s the entire “Midnight Train to Georgia” — from when Deborah starting to sing, her reaction with “the Pips” behind her, all the way through the hug, and even during the hug. Again, I can only appreciate this on the 11 thousandth viewing, but to me, in the back of it you see Dan, the new member, is hugging Chrysanthemum … Like, this a family that just lives, and for me, every moment in that sequence strikes a chord.

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I read the book last month and thought the show made some great improvements on a very good book. I won’t spoil the book because it’s worth reading but there were many changes made that worked well for the show. Well done.

Same. There was a sense of hope in the show that I didn’t feel was present in the book.

That’s a good way to put it. I think that’s it, exactly.

I read the book a while back. I think it was actually not long before things started happening, like shut downs, in the US. So, it’s been too long to remember all of the minute details. But, I feel like the book was darker and less hopeful. I think I caught most of the big changes though. I did like the show and the book. If you haven’t read it, you should.

OMG, finished the last episode 15 minutes ago and I am still crying…. What a ride!

Yes, the reunion was so emotional, and I was desperate to see it. I’m thankful I was able to get past my apprehension about watching a pandemic-focused tv show. It was great!

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In “Station Eleven,” All Art Is Adaptation

By Katy Waldman

Illustration of a theater stage overgrown

“Station Eleven,” Emily St. John Mandel’s hit novel, from 2014, is the kind of book you gulp down in a sitting. I recently reread it in an afternoon; my partner devoured it on two short flights and a layover. The book inspires the sort of voraciousness that it ascribes to its virus, which blazes around the globe in a matter of days, killing ninety-nine per cent of the people in its path. The story’s main action takes place twenty years later, in the “After,” where a fierce young woman named Kirsten tours with a band of Shakespearean players, encountering agrarian communes and violent cults, keeping the flame of art alive. That time line has a clear, tight shape—it builds to a climactic confrontation and the resolution of a mystery—but Mandel splices it with flashbacks to the “Before,” our familiar, dazzling chaos of electricity, cars, and cell phones. There, the seductive figure of Arthur Leander, a playboy actor who dies onstage of a heart attack, bridges far-flung character arcs. We meet his ex-wife Miranda, whose pensive comic book about a stranded astronaut, “Station Eleven,” falls into Kirsten’s hands; Jeevan, an aspiring E.M.T.; and Leander’s second ex-wife, Elizabeth, and son, Tyler.

It’s not always easy to pinpoint what makes a book “unputdownable,” what gives it the feverishly consuming quality that “ Station Eleven ” has. (Although COVID -19 adds fangs to the premise, the novel was wildly popular before the pandemic.) But some of the book’s swiftness derives from its consistency—from a tone that never changes or breaks, slipping through your body like a pure, bright beam. For all their disparate circumstances, Mandel’s characters can evoke variations on a single person: wistful and dreamy, with a competent, vigorous exterior; invested in values such as beauty and goodness; and working to surmount their flaws. The over-all impression is of an author less interested in individuals than in manifesting a minor-key mood coupled with a hopeful, humanist vision.

“ Station Eleven ,” the HBO Max show whose finale airs Thursday, is something else entirely. Where the book felt stylized, more like poetry or a fable, the series embraces the messiness, range, and complexity of life as real people live it. One doesn’t binge it; ideally one watches its ten episodes slowly, more than once. And it differentiates the novel’s characters, allowing them to summon a wider breadth of experience. On a superficial level, Miranda is now a Black woman with roots in the Caribbean. Arthur was born in Mexico, not British Columbia, and is also more than simply charming; he exudes a sly, almost dangerous sweetness. Jeevan (a soulful Himesh Patel) becomes a freelance culture critic—“I don’t have a job,” he clarifies—who, rather than surge into action during Arthur’s heart attack, can only stand by helplessly. He adopts a girl—an eight-year-old Kirsten—whose parents have disappeared with the onset of the virus, and one of the show’s time lines follows him, the child, and Jeevan’s brother Frank as they hole up in Frank’s apartment tower to wait out the apocalypse.

The show takes one particularly smart liberty with its source material, rethinking art, what it does, and why it matters. Mandel infuses her novel with traditional aestheticism. A wagon in Kirsten’s troupe, the Traveling Symphony, bears a slogan cribbed from “Star Trek”: “Survival is insufficient.” The book’s pandemic survivors are desperate for music, poetry, and performance, and they hunger for scraps of text, even from a brooding comic about space travel. (Onscreen, Jeevan is allowed to wail that the titular cartoon is “so pretentious!”—an opinion that would upend Mandel’s delicately reverent atmosphere.) For post-pandemic audiences, the purest, strongest drugs are Beethoven and the Bard. As one member of the Symphony says, “People want what was best about the world.”

Art may be the world’s premium product, but, for Mandel, it is also not entirely of the world. Its unearthly qualities are represented in part by the spaceman of Miranda’s comic. Here, the novel draws on the old, melancholy notion of art as a beautiful lie. According to the book’s organizing metaphor, “Before” was all theatre, lights, and fantasy; “After” is like waking up, as a planet, from a discombobulating dream. It’s no accident that Arthur’s death ushers in the new order. He is a mascot of pre-pandemic civilization: wealthy, famous, and magnetic, but too entranced by trifles. After the flu hits, humans lose the protection of political institutions, and suffer waves of looting and extremism, but they eventually reconstitute themselves in agrarian coöperatives. They no longer care about impressing one another at dinner parties; they crave “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The Symphony forms to recapture glimmers of what was lost. In the book’s careful balance, the old dispensation’s ruin is offset by what these characters have gained—and yet an air of romantic nostalgia, of mourning, prevails.

In short, the book is of a piece with an Arcadian literary tradition that laments the end of paradise but holds up knowledge as a consolation. The adaptation, created by Patrick Somerville, rejects much of this pastoralism. Indeed, Somerville’s attitude toward art seems almost practical by comparison. His texts have a specific purpose: they serve as trapdoors into the subjectivities of the living and the dead. Art matters to the world of this “Station Eleven” not just because it strengthens the social fabric—it’s an experience people can share—but because it notates and preserves the luminously erratic lives that the show itself is at great pains to capture. Miranda’s literary achievement, in her comic, proves secondary to the miraculous way in which it responds to characters’ particular emotions and conflicts. Why do we need art when the world has ended? Because, Somerville answers, it encodes the vivid presence of everyone who’s gone.

A lesser show might make a bolder claim. It might, for instance, reduce Mandel’s aestheticism to grandiose platitudes about how art can save us. But the fact that survival isn’t sufficient does not mean that art is . In both versions of “Station Eleven,” beauty’s power over death is provisional and fleeting; on the show, it’s not even close. While staying in Frank’s aerie in Chicago, the eight-year-old Kirsten directs the brothers in a reënactment of a scene from her comic book. The performance is meant to distract the trio from looming loss; with food supplies dwindling, Jeevan wants to leave the tower, and Frank wants to stay. That they decide to postpone “real life” for art’s sake, for the play, accelerates disaster—an intruder has time to burst in—and yet the scene, in which the comic’s protagonist, Doctor Eleven, bids farewell to his mentor, is also a consecration. Without it, the brothers wouldn’t have been able to say goodbye to one another. Speaking as characters, they become most completely themselves.

Twenty years later, Kirsten’s worn copy of “Station Eleven” has become talismanic to her. Lines from the text reverberate through the show—“I remember damage,” “I don’t want to live the wrong life and then die.” The cartoon binds Kirsten to a man known only, at first, as the Prophet. Played by Daniel Zovatto, he’s unnervingly soft-voiced and serene, like someone whose pain has alienated him from feeling. He seems to know the words of “Station Eleven” by heart, but his reading of it discards the theme of memory. In fact, he has crafted a youth movement around one particular snippet: “There is no before.”

The book withholds the Prophet’s identity until its last act, contributing to its elegant velocity. Somerville, though, unknots the enigma (spoiler: the Prophet is Tyler, Arthur Leander’s son) almost as soon as the character is introduced. In the novel, Tyler is familiar with “Station Eleven,” the comic written by his father’s former wife, but more enthralled by the Bible, with its doomsday imagery and insistence that everything happens for a reason. A straightforward villain, he incarnates the deceptive uses of fiction, the narcotic power of too-tidy explanations. The show, in turning him into a “Station Eleven” superfan, dims the focus on how art can lead people astray. Now the crucial fact seems to be that two fervent readers, Tyler and Kirsten, are interpreting the same text differently.

The shift is telling. HBO’s “Station Eleven” is obsessed with adaptation, the way that people (many of them actors) reuse and project upon a source. It’s awash in references: Christmas carols, the funk band Parliament, Bob Dylan, “King Lear” and “Hamlet.” There’s also the most transcendent cover of rap music that I’ve ever seen on TV, a set piece that somehow crystallizes a character, a situation, and the human situation, all at once. Most of the art featured on the series doesn’t exist in its original form. It comes filtered through individuals, who carry and change it in time—shaping, recontextualizing, extracting what they need. One feels as though Somerville were triangulating between the texts and his characters to locate some mysterious quality that hovers in the middle. When Kirsten, Jeevan, and Frank stage “Station Eleven,” for example, the play works because the actors and the dynamics among them are so real. Yet the players grow more alive in the performance; their actual dynamics are heightened by it.

In reconsidering what makes art valuable, Somerville does not so much dispute Mandel’s judgments about the past (shining and false) and the future (real and hard) as collapse them. Episodes alternate between the current adventures of the Symphony and the immediate aftermath of the flu, as well as passages from the protagonists’ more distant histories. These melded chronologies seem to insist on the simultaneity of life and memory, just as they evoke the blur of fact and fantasy. Characters’ experiences, like their fictions, become indelible and living parts of them. At one point, Kirsten-as-Hamlet recites a monologue about bereavement while her eight-year-old self is shown discovering that her parents are dead. Later, she hallucinates that she has returned as an adult to Frank’s high-rise, where she watches, again, the ghostly play.

If, in the book, “survival is insufficient” sets up a comparison between life and art, the series suggests—in a limited but real sense—that they’re one and the same. Throughout the show, there’s a thousand-yard P.O.V. shot that intrudes in moments of death or transformation. It’s meant to evoke the perspective of Doctor Eleven, tranquilly observing from space, but it could easily belong to a past or future version of any of the characters, or to a chorus of the flu dead. Early in the novel, after Jeevan tries and fails to revive Arthur, he looks up at the theatre’s “cavernous” emptiness: “fathoms of catwalks and lights between which a soul might slip undetected.” But, in the adaptation of this moment, the perspective is reversed. Instead of peering through Jeevan’s eyes, the camera stays on him while soaring higher and higher. The human body shrinks as the show’s vantage fuses with that of the departed soul. It’s as if art’s job is to let no one go undetected—to provide the audience that most people, real or imaginary or absent, would be lucky to deserve.

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Chronicling the lead-up, onset, and aftermath of a virus that decimates 99 percent of the human population, the insightful HBO series is worth the cost to, in a sense, relive the past two years

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In the miniseries Station Eleven —and before it, the novel Station Eleven , written by Emily St. John Mandel and published in 2014—there exists a graphic novel, also called Station Eleven. Only five copies were ever printed, but through a series of coincidences, two make their way into the hands of children who survive a catastrophic flu and then grow up in its aftermath. As adults, the kids have entirely different takeaways from their mutual influence, the saga of a lonely astronaut marooned on a space station. One takes it as a lesson in the enduring power of art to anchor us through trying times. The other rejects civilization and its trappings altogether, becoming an isolated explorer of his own.

Station Eleven , the show, will likely earn the same polarized reaction as Station Eleven , the book-within-the-show. Faced with a story about a pandemic that sweeps the globe and ends life as we know it, some will understandably balk at the prospect of reliving the last two years. Others will forge ahead—if not enticed by the premise, then at least intrigued by the possibility a fictional apocalypse can shed light on our current reality.

I was in the latter camp when I read Station Eleven in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. After watching all 10 episodes of the masterful adaptation, now streaming its first three episodes on HBO Max, I remain in it now. As tough a sell as Station Eleven ’s synopsis may be, the show is well worth the discomfort it costs to watch characters in denial of what’s to come, then scrambling to adjust once they accept the inevitable. Created by Patrick Somerville and initially directed by Atlanta ’s Hiro Murai, Station Eleven is in some ways bigger than our present moment, using a virus with a 99 percent fatality rate to explore themes like trauma, collective memory, storytelling, and survival. It’s also inexorably tied to said moment, a fact it doesn’t try to deny and even employs to its advantage. Station Eleven is either the last thing we need right now or exactly what we need, a Rorschach test of a show that will hopefully find its ideal audience—just like the illustrated Station Eleven.

After working on the star-studded Maniac and delightfully perverse Made for Love, Somerville has developed something of a specialty for off-kilter adaptations in the realm of science fiction. But the most relevant item on his CV may be The Leftovers , another drama with a surprisingly playful approach to the end of the world. Like The Leftovers , Station Eleven understands that human nature perseveres even when human civilization does not, and that it’s human nature to crack jokes and make dumb, irrational decisions under the same circumstances that force you to get really good at throwing knives. If there’s one selling point I can offer to assuage those burnt out from compulsively checking case counts as omicron looms, it’s this: Station Eleven isn’t some foreboding slog that fries your synapses with nonstop dread. Terror is just one element in a tonal mix as eclectic as the soundtrack, which bounces from rap to rock to a synth-laden score with ease.

It isn’t easy to summarize Station Eleven , which zigzags through time from the lead-up to the flu to its onset to what comes after it’s decimated the population. Ironically, that’s also what makes the book so well-suited to adaptation as an episodic series, with many installments focusing on a particular character or point in time rather than trying to wrestle it all into a single, coherent through line. But the series and the novel share the same starting point, a scene that forecasts the story’s ambitions and themes: On the opening night of a staging of King Lear , a famous actor named Arthur Leander (Gael Garcia Bernal) suffers a heart attack. An audience member named Jeevan Chaudhary (Himesh Patel) rushes to help him on stage—it’s not the last time he’ll offer help he isn’t fully qualified to give, or that Shakespeare will play an outsized role in the lives of the show’s characters.

Arthur’s costar in the King Lear production, in the role of young Goneril, is a child actor named Kirsten (Matilda Lawler). In the chaos following Arthur’s collapse, Kirsten ends up in the care of Jeevan just as the flu is rapidly spreading across Chicago. Together, they hole up with Jeevan’s agoraphobic brother in a downtown high rise to ride out the first ugly months. To distract herself, Kirsten fixates on the graphic novel given to her by Arthur’s ex-wife, a prickly artist named Miranda Carroll (Danielle Deadwyler). Years before, Miranda’s dedication to her magnum opus had opened a rift between her and her attention-hungry husband, who then remarried his costar Elizabeth (Caitlin Fitzgerald). Once it’s finally finished, fifteen years after their divorce, Miranda delivers Station Eleven to her former partner , the last gift Arthur will ever receive.

As an adult, played by Mackenzie Davis, Kirsten has joined a group called the Traveling Symphony, a caravan that circles Lake Michigan each year to perform plays for a depleted populace. (Their repertoire is mostly Shakespeare, though one would-be member auditions with the monologue from Independence Day .) Kirsten is fiercely protective of the Symphony, a group whose motto—borrowed from Station Eleven, and before that, Star Trek: Voyager— holds that “survival is insufficient,” and preserving life is of little use without art to enhance and elevate it. That defensive instinct kicks into overdrive with the appearance of a mysterious Prophet (Daniel Zovatto), who attracts a flock of “post-pan” children with a very different quote from Kirsten’s treasured keepsake: “There is no before.”

How the Prophet knows Station Eleven is something of a mystery, though Station Eleven as a whole has no interest in holding its cards close to its chest. Certain reveals arrive far earlier than they do in the novel, one of many savvy tweaks Somerville and his writers make in bringing Mandel’s vision to the screen. Some characters who barely interact in the book develop deep bonds in the show; others are separated while their literary counterparts stuck together. But some of the most impressive adaptive choices belong to production designer Ruth Ammon, who turns the hollowed-out Midwest into a lush landscape of overgrown ruins and makeshift, scavenged setups. A doctor sets up a maternity ward in the empty aisles of a big box store; an abandoned gas station overflows with flowers and foliage, a juxtaposition out of Alex Garland’s Annihilation. The Traveling Symphony fashions bits and bobs of repurposed items into costumes, a tactile illustration of their determination to keep the flame of tradition alive.

As Station Eleven progresses, novel readers will start to notice even deeper changes than pace, structure, or casting. (The show is more diverse in ways that feel matter-of-fact, never forced; Arthur now hails from Mexico, not British Columbia, while Miranda is a Black woman who works for an African shipping magnate.) In a way, it’s more empathetic, or at least more willing to allow multiple points of view on how humanity should move on from its downfall. Mandel’s Prophet is an out-and-out monster; Zovatto’s is disturbing yet vulnerable, and allowed to make his case for leaving the past behind. One can understand why kids who’ve never known another life might tire of their elders harping on about something called “Instagram”; we can even get why some flu survivors wouldn’t rue their loss as much as others. As our own debates about prevention protocols have shown, disasters can bring out the worst in people along with the best. You can’t blame some cynics for judging accordingly.

Some of Station Eleven ’s most striking scenes take place in a fictional outpost known as the Severn City Airport, where Arthur’s estranged best friend Clark (David Wilmot) gets stranded with Elizabeth and their son, Tyler (Julian Obradors). There, they form a community with strict quarantine procedures, safeguarding a stockpile of defunct technology they call the Museum of Civilization. Depending on how you look at it, the Museum is either a defiant show of resilience or a creepy relic—and Station Eleven gives each vantage equal weight. One of the strongest episodes charts the Airport’s slow evolution into the Museum, going from uncertainty to new normal under Clark’s unlikely leadership. It was around then that I realized why Station Eleven worked so well despite, or perhaps because of, its awkward timing. The show doesn’t adjust its reality to clumsily remind us of COVID-19 in a blatant bid for relevance. Instead, Station Eleven uses our firsthand experience of a pandemic to ease us into its own version of one, with details like the characters’ use of N95s forging a connection between their reality and ours. If you let it, it’s worth the jolt.

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41 details you might have missed in 'Station Eleven'

Warning: Spoilers ahead for the HBO Max series " Station Eleven ."

The post-apocalyptic drama, which aired its finale on January 13, juggles multiple timelines and subplots.

There are plenty of details and Easter eggs throughout, including a mysterious recurring symbol.

"Station Eleven" is an adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel's novel of the same name.

" Station Eleven " premiered on December 16, adapting Emily St. John Mandel's 2014 novel of the same name into an HBO Max limited series.

A pandemic show based on a pandemic novel airing two years into a global pandemic, " Station Eleven " may seem fatigue-inducing. However, as The Ringer's Alison Herman wrote , the show leverages our own experience of the pandemic to indoctrinate it into its own vision. Even after incredible loss, the apocalypse of " Station Eleven " is green, lush, and full of humanity and art.

Like the book, the series juggles multiple timelines and characters that overlap and unfold gradually episode-to-episode. It's also full of details, symbols, and brief references that enrich your understanding of the series: — here are 11 that you might have missed in the first three episodes.

One of the earliest shots in the show is a playbill for "King Lear," billing Arthur Leander.

Within the show's first minute, we see a playbill for the "King Lear" production starring Arthur Leander that kicks off the story's action.

The shot shows the playbill lying unfolded in a puddle, surrounded by dim greenery and miraculously still intact. As the sequence progresses, we learn that this is the theater in which Leander's final performance took place, and where " Station Eleven " begins.

There's another advertisement for Leander's "King Lear" production on the L.

After Arthur and Kirsten prematurely get off the L on the way to her home, the screen on top of the stairs flips to an advertisement for the "King Lear" production starring Arthur Leander.

It's the same image that appears on the Playbill at the beginning of the first episode.

Jeevan buys strawberry Yoo-hoo at the grocery store, minutes after his sister Siya recounted a story about it from their childhood.

Jeevan buys three bottles of Yoo-hoo, a flavored drink, during his grocery trip with Kirsten. He gets three bottles: two chocolate and one strawberry, hearkening back to his earlier conversation with his sister Siya in the first episode.

After Siya breaks the news about the flu to Jeevan on the train, she talks him down from an apparent panic attack by recounting a story from their childhood.

"Everyone had chocolate but you found that one strawberry," Siya tells Jeevan over the phone.

Arthur and Kirsten open to the exact same page of "Station Eleven," 20 years apart.

Arthur Leander and (older) Kirsten read the same page in " Station Eleven ," Miranda's completed graphic novel, twenty years apart in the show's first episode, "Wheel of Fire."

The page shows Dr. Eleven, the spaceman of her novel, with a speech bubble. "To the monsters we're the monsters," he says.

In the episode, Arthur cracks open the book after Miranda visits him in Chicago, later passing it on to Kirsten. A relic of the pre-pandemic past, Kirsten carries the novel with her into adulthood. In the first sequence in which we see her as an adult, played by Mackenzie Davis, she's lying in the sand reading the book.

In the second episode, the mysterious man ( credited on IMDb as the Prophet ) quotes this line back at Kirsten, heightening her suspicion of him.

Dan's audition monologue is a speech from the 1996 film "Independence Day."

Dan, a familiar stranger, approaches the Traveling Symphony on their way to St. Deborah by the Water in the show's second episode, "A Hawk from a Handsaw." He, and other members of the Traveling Symphony, wheedle Dieter to allow him to audition with non-Shakespeare material.

He proceeds to give a monologue from the 1996 alien invasion film "Independence Day" that was originally delivered by Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore.

"Good morning," Dan says, his voice echoing as if he was speaking into a megaphone. "In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world."

The Traveling Symphony's motto appears on the side of a truck.

There are a few glimpses of the Traveling Symphony's motto, "survival is insufficient," on the side of a truck in the second episode.

The motto nods to the symphony's mission of bringing music and theater to post-pandemic communities.

Kirsten's tattoos match a symbol on the side of the road, as well as a mark left by the Prophet's bloodstains.

The multiple, small tattoos on Kirsten's hand match a symbol that she finds intertwined with a sign on the sign of the road in the second episode.

Later in the episode, Kirsten observes the same symbol drawn in the suspicious man's blood on the rocks where she stabbed him.

Kirsten quotes Hamlet when receiving her switchblade.

When a member of the Traveling Symphony (played by actor Prince Amponsah) presents Kirsten with a switchblade, she quotes Hamlet, the play that the symphony is performing that evening.

"This likes me well," she says, quoting Hamlet in Act 5, Scene 2 of the play, when he selects a rapier.

Miranda doodles the J-shaped cross symbol on a napkin after she and Arthur first meet.

Miranda draws the J-shaped cross symbol on a napkin in the series' third episode, shortly after meeting Arthur Leander for the first time.

While the symbol cropped up multiple times in the second episode, this is chronologically the first time it appears. Miranda describes it as "a feeling" to Clark.

"What's the feeling?" he asks.

"Cut and run," she replies. "When a squall comes up so fast, you got to cut the anchor and just go."

Miranda references Hamlet, which the symphony performed in the previous episode, by asking Arthur and Clark which one of them is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

Miranda cheekily references "Hamlet," the Shakespeare tragedy of the previous episode, while talking with Clark and Arthur at a bar in episode three.

She asks which one is Rosencrantz and which is Guildenstern, referring to the two characters, who are Hamlet's old friends that he turns on when they prove untrustworthy. The characters are, in essence, two halves of one whole, as Clark and Arthur joke in the episode, saying that they're "interchangeable."

"You guys end up the same, at least," Miranda says. "You both get killed by Hamlet."

Miranda sees an Instagram post about Arthur that appears to be from Kirsten's account.

In episode three, Miranda scrolls through the #arthurleander tag on Instagram after learning about his death. The first post she sees is a black-and-white image of Arthur, uploaded by an account with the handle @Kikiacts1. The profile image is of young Kirsten, presumably in her "King Lear" costume.

It's possible that Kirsten uploaded the image during the continuity of the first episode, as Jeevan watches her scroll through Instagram while waiting for the L.

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The fourth episode's title is a twist on the title of a famous, "Hamlet"-adjacent play.

Episode four is titled "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Aren't Dead," and it could be a reference either to a line from the fifth act of "Hamlet" — "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead" — or to Tom Stoppard's play, titled after the line.

Stoppard's play explores the events of "Hamlet" through the eyes of its titular characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

Liszt's "La Campanella" plays throughout episode 4, and it's the melody found in the second.

The melody that Sarah plays on her keytar in episode 4 is the same as the one she's playing in episode 2, during the moment that she and Kirsten first meet. It's pulled from Lizst's "La Campanella," an étude that's considered to be one of the most difficult works written for piano , and is the same work Sarah references playing on the CD that the man from the Museum of Civilization brings her in the same episode.

Later in the episode, Sarah plays "La Campanella" in full on a piano at Pingtree, the country club where Gil, the Traveling Symphony's ex-director, resides.

Gil quotes Prospero from "The Tempest" to Kirsten in episode 4.

In his conversation with Kirsten, Gil quotes from "The Tempest."

"Our revels are now ended," Gil says to Kirsten. "Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve. We are such stuff as dreams are made on, our little life rounded with a sleep."

It's an abbreviation of several of Prospero's lines in the first scene of the play's fourth act , speaking to Miranda and Ferdinand.

Young Kirsten is watching an episode of "Star Trek" that references "Hamlet" in episode 4.

In the cabin, before she hears the sound of a motor and runs outside, young Kirsten is watching an episode of "Star Trek" titled "The Conscience of the King" on the television.

The episode's title is plucked from "Hamlet," the same Shakespeare play that the Traveling Symphony performs in the show's second and fourth episodes, and quotes a line from its second act.

Aside from the Hamlet reference, the plot of the "Star Trek" episode itself also plays into " Station Eleven ."

In the briefly audible dialogue from the episode, Captain Kirk speaks in his Captain's Log about diverting the Starship Enterprise to investigate a synthetic food capable of curing famine. He's then heard asking another character, Dr. Thomas Leighton, if he asked him to divert the ship's course "just to accuse an actor of being Kodos."

Older Kirsten pulled a similar trick earlier in the same episode of " Station Eleven ," diverting the Traveling Symphony from its path in order to investigate the Prophet. She did so by lying to Sarah that she had heard a rumor that Gil's lover had died.

Furthermore, the "Star Trek" episode deals with a traveling troupe of actors. The lead of the company is actually Kodos, the former governor of the Earth colony Tarsus IV . Faced with famine, Kodos executed half the population to mitigate the effects of famine, and both Kirk and Dr. Leighton were survivors.

In the "Star Trek" episode, like the Traveling Symphony, Kodos' troupe is performing "Hamlet."

Clark quotes "King Lear" to Tyler in episode 5.

While " Station Eleven " plucks quotes from a variety of Shakespeare's works, "King Lear" still remains at its center.

"The worse I may be, yes. The worst is not, as long as we can say 'This is the worst,'" Clark says to Tyler, who has headphones on.

It's a slight alteration to one of Edgar's lines from "King Lear."

"And worse I may be yet. The worst is not / So long as we can say 'This is the worst,'" Edgar says in the first scene of the play's fourth act.

The carpet at the Severn City Airport in episode 5 depicts the Great Lakes.

While Severn City isn't a real city, it's meant to be located somewhere in the Great Lakes region. The biggest clue to that in the show is the carpet in the airport's largest lobby, where Clark gives a rallying speech to those who remain at the airport.

The carpet is an abstraction of four of the Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, from left to right.

Clark lays out a Spock figurine among the gadgets in the airport tower in episode 5.

As he begins to collect human technology to preserve, Clark lays out a figure of Spock, one of the primary characters in the "Star Trek" franchise. Given the show's prior fixation with "Star Trek," it's a notable addition to his budding museum.

"La Campanella" plays once again in episode 6.

"La Campanella," the Lizst piece, plays as Kirsten — both old and young — searches for Alex. It's a different arrangement than the ones that played in episodes 2 and 4, composed of a full orchestra rather than a grand piano, as in episode 4, or Sarah's keytar, as in episodes 2 and 4.

There's also sheet music for "La Campanella" on a baby grand piano in Frank's apartment building in episode 7.

When Jeevan begins to venture out of Frank's apartment in episode 7, he finds a grand piano. On it, there's a score of "La Campanella." This score, however, has the words "it's impossible" written on it.

"La Campanella" is also the credits music for episode 7, beginning immediately after Older Kirsten says goodbye to Frank's skeleton in his apartment.

Kirsten names both a cat and later, her horse, Luli.

Luli is a recurring animal name in " Station Eleven ." In episode 6, the older Kirsten calls out to her horse named Luli as she searches for it in the woods. As a child, she also named a cat Luli while living in Frank's apartment — she pets it in episode 4, and later calls out to it in episode 7.

Luli is a significant name in the book as well. Miranda names Doctor Eleven's dog Luli after her own, and the Prophet names his dog Luli in the book as well.

Frank serves Kirsten hot chocolate in a Northwestern mug.

Frank's mug of choice grounds the series just a bit more in Chicago. Viewed in both episode 3 and episode 7, Frank hands Kirsten a mug with the Northwestern University logo on it. The university is located in Evanston, Illinois, just north of Chicago where the Chaudhary siblings live.

Northwestern is known for its Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications, and as a former journalist, it's possible that Frank was a student within the journalism school.

The song Frank raps in episode 7 is "Excursions" by A Tribe Called Quest.

Frank's rap performance, which he initially disguises as a "way to stay hot" amid the freezing temperatures of Chicago in the winter, is a reinterpretation of "Excursions" by the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest.

He recreates the track's bass line by chopping up an audio transcript on his recorder, pitching the vocals to create a beat. He also changes some lyrics while covering the song, such as "That's the right hand, Black man" to "That's the right hand, brown man."

There's a half-drank bottle of strawberry Yoo-Hoo on the table in episode 7.

The bottle of strawberry Yoo-Hoo that Jeevan buys in the first episode of " Station Eleven " makes a reappearance in episode 7, half-drank on the table in front of Frank.

It hearkens back to the anecdote that Siya told Jeevan in episode 1 to quell his panic attack: When they were children, Jeevan picked the solitary strawberry flavor when everyone else had chocolate.

Frank's stab wound is in roughly the same location as the Prophet's.

In episode 7, Frank allows a stranger to stab him on the lower left side of his torso. It's roughly the same location where Kirsten stabbed the Prophet in episode 2.

The knife Kirsten takes from the man who raided Frank's apartment in episode 7 is the same one she's carrying as a child earlier in the season.

As Jeevan and Kirsten prepare to leave Frank's apartment in episode 7, Kirsten takes the knife that belonged to the man who killed Frank from the kitchen counter. It appears to be the same blade that she's wielding as a child when she meets Sarah in episode 2.

Older Kirsten has a line at the end of episode 7's credits.

At the end of the credits for episode 7, older Kirsten, without appearing on-screen, is heard saying, "I wanted to say thank you for letting me stay here." It's seemingly a continuation of her goodbye to Frank's skeleton before the credits.

Clark plays the instrumental to Smash Mouth's "All Star" on the karaoke machine in episode 8.

Clark presents a karaoke machine to the children at the Severn City Airport. When he demos it, the song he plays is the instrumental to Smash's Mouth's "All Star," which notably was featured in the first "Shrek" film.

There's a Starship Enterprise model in the Museum of Civilization.

It seems that Clark has saved more than one piece of "Star Trek" memorabilia in the Museum of Civilization. There's a brief shot of a Starship Enterprise, the iconic ship from the original series, amid the collection in episode 8.

The name Tyler gives Clark in the tower is that of a character from Miranda's "Station Eleven."

In episode 8, Tyler tells Clark that his name is Lonergan, which is the name of one of the characters in Miranda's "Station Eleven." It's also the role that Frank plays, and dies in, in Kirsten's stage adaptation of the novel as a child.

Clark tests Tyler with a "Hamlet" quote to verify that he's an actor.

In the tower in episode 8, Clark tests Tyler's Shakespeare knowledge with an exchange from Act 4, Scene 2.

"What hath you done with the body, dear lord?" Clark asks Tyler.

"Compounded it with dust, whereto 'tis kin," Tyler replies.

Kirsten picks up an "Airplane" (1980) themed mug in the control tower.

During her scene with Tyler to prove their identities as actors, Kirsten picks up a mug as a prop. It just so happens to be themed after the 1980 parody film "Airplane," depicting the film's iconic twisted fuselage art.

Alex performs Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)" on the airport tarmac.

The karaoke machine from episode 8 makes its way out to the Traveling Symphony in the same episode. On a jetway, Alex sings Loeb's 1994 song , using a microphone.

The device Tyler uses to destroy the Museum of Civilization is his childhood handheld console.

During Clark's test of Kirsten and Tyler in episode 8, Tyler takes his handheld console that he had as a child, and hides it within a vent.

Later in the episode, he retrieves the console, carrying it when he rendezvouses with Kirsten in the jetway.

In the first year of the pandemic, Jeevan stands by the water slide outside of what will become St. Deborah by the Water.

In episode 9, we finally get a better view of Kirsten and Jeevan's time at the cabin on the lake. At one point, during the winter, Jeevan looks out onto the lake, spotting a platform with a water slide — the same one that Kirsten, Alex, and Sayid swim around in episode 2, 20 years in the future.

In episode 2, both Alex and Sayid reference Kirsten's history in the area. Sayid asks Kirsten if she's checked out the cabin, while Alex says that she knows the woods make her think of Jeevan.

Jeevan is reading a copy of Gray's Anatomy in episode 9.

At the department store birthing center, Jeevan's seen carrying out the seminal medical textbook "Gray's Anatomy."

The orphan child's name is Alexandra.

In episode 9, Terry hand-writes a birth certificate for the children born in the department store. That includes the orphaned infant, whose mother Rose died during childbirth.

That child's name is Alexandra, and it doesn't seem too far a leap to assume that she may grow up to be Alex of the Traveling Symphony.

St. Deborah by the Water, the post-pandemic town, is seemingly named after the doctor who recruited Jeevan to deliver children.

In episode 9, Terry clarifies she took her husband's name after his death so that she would "miss him less." Her real name, in fact, is Deborah.

It seems likely that she's the namesake for the town that the Traveling Symphony stops at in episode 2, St. Deborah by the Water. On the journey into the town, there's a shipping canister that bears the logo of the department store Deborah operates out of in episode 9. A statue of the town's patron saint in episode 2 shows her holding a newborn.

In episode 2, Kirsten says that Deborah died in a chemical fire.

Jeevan finds Frank's compass on the table in the cabin in episode 9.

When Jeevan finally returns to the cabin after his abduction, he confirms that Kirsten has since left. However, she's left a signal for him behind — Frank's compass, which he gifted to her in episode 7, left on the table.

The bookshelves in the airport library used to store liquor.

In episode 10, Clark, Kirsten, and Elizabeth have a conversation in a library-like nook, with shelves stacked with records, DVDs, and other memorabilia. The shelves were originally used for a different purpose, however — they're labeled to house vodka, rum, and gin, likely remnants of an airport convenience store

There's an adirondack chair and side table shaped like the state of Michigan in the airport.

Outside of the converted airport store, there's a Michigan-shaped chair. Its back is the shape of the "glove" part of the state, while the side table is shaped like Michagn's upper peninsula, which protrudes from Wisconsin.

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In one of the most devastatingly beautiful, heart-achingly optimistic endings of television in ages, HBO’s Station Eleven debuted its final episode last week, rounding out a tremendous, all-timer season of television. While bidding farewell to Kirsten (Mackenzie Davis & Matilda Lawler), Jeevan (Himesh Patel) and co. was bittersweet, the final chapter ended with grace and clarity, leaving no questions unanswered and providing both a satisfying and exhilarating conclusion to a show that, even with its eerily timely story about a post-apocalyptic world following a fatal pandemic, will be looked upon as not just one of the best of the year, but best of all time. 

Blazing in its message of moving forward and moving on, but always remembering those who contributed to the pages in the chapters of our lives,  Station Eleven , from its moving performances (particularly from Lawler, Patel, Nabhaan Rizwan as Frank and Danielle Deadwyler as Miranda), to the melancholy hope and visceral score from Dan Romer, was masterful. So, it’s understandable that following its finale, viewers may require shows to fill a similar void. Here are seven shows to watch after finishing  Station Eleven . 

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The Last Man on Earth 

This one feels self-explanatory. Starring Will Forte,  The Last Man on Earth , at least in the premiere episode, focuses on just that. Forte plays Phil, who believes he may be the only one left alive following a cataclysmic event taking place in – ahem – 2022. We meet him after he’s been traveling the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in his worn-down RV.

However, soon survivors come to him in Tucson, building a much more ensemble piece of television. While desperate for companionship, Phil needs time to remember what it means to live in a society. Similar to  Station Eleven , in the post-apocalyptic world, there are different chasms of beliefs of how best to continue to survive in both a smaller yet more vast world. A comedy of errors,  The Last Man on Earth , even in its moments of levity, is a much more comedic take on such bleak events, but it still holds to the belief system that humans are capable of evolution and change, even under dire circumstances. 

Where to Watch :  Hulu

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The Leftovers 

Yet another story about the end of the world, though this one with far fewer answers,  The Leftovers  is one of the most beguiling series of the last twenty years. Like  Station Eleven , less impact is placed on the actual cataclysmic event and more so on what follows the afterlife as we’ve known it has ended.

In  The Leftovers , this happens when one day 2% of the population disappears without a trace or hint to what might’ve happened to them. Some believe it’s rapture, others judgment, while some, such as Justin Theroux’s Kevin and Carrie Coon’s Nora try to untangle their lives before while simultaneously trying to make sense and find peace in the present. The fact that their fate is sealed in something other than devastation and catastrophe, more preoccupied with an enduring love story, makes it all the more potent. Patrick Somerville, the showrunner for Station Eleven, wrote on Seasons 2 and 3 of The Leftovers .

Where to Watch :  HBO Max   


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Made in Abyss 

Not every show on this list necessarily mirrors the events of  Station Eleven . Rather, in some cases, some elements evoke similar feelings or capture certain shared ideals.  Made in Abyss , the anime series, is about a young girl and the humanoid boy she meets as they descend into a strange, giant hole entering the center of the earth in search of her long-lost mother. An eerie combination of works of Hayao Miyazaki, such as  Princess Mononoke  and  The Castle in the Sky,  along with films such as Alex Garland’s haunting  Annihilation , this show is for those who are looking for a story that captures the same sense of oncoming discovery. 

Station Eleven  is the much more optimistic show of the two but what links it thematically to  Made in Abyss  is how it presents a world overtaken by nature and drowning in greens that presents as much danger in its beauty as it does enlightenment. Perhaps anime is a daunting prospect to you, but if looking for something overwhelming and possessing the same level of visual splendor, it’s worth a peek. 

Where to Watch :  Prime Video

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Russian Doll

Russian Doll , at surface level, is a  live, die, repeat  mode of storytelling where a woman continues to die each day, only to awaken again in the same bathroom, as the same song wails overhead, much to her confusion and increasing rage. Beyond the framework is a story that aims to dissect grief, trauma, and the release that happens when you find a kindred spirit, even if that person is found stuck in the same time loop. It, like  Station Eleven , uses its structure to explore greater themes and ideas, creating a symphonic marriage of loose genre guidelines, dreamlike plays on reality, and a structure that’s as empathetic towards its subjects as it is excited to tell their story. Both delves deep into introspection which reveals multitudes of the human condition and our innate desire to preserve through the pain to get to the other side, regardless of what that other side might be. 

Where to Watch :  Netflix 

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Lana and Lilly Wachowski bottled lightning in  Sense8 , the sci-fi extravaganza that spanned countries and cultures, following eight initial strangers who are all, somehow, psychically linked and able to experience and aid in one another’s day to day lives, even when physically apart. Bold and messy, the series is the very definition of a story that wears its heart proudly on its sleeve, a declarative and ambitious stroke of genius from a filmmaker who is constantly working against the media’s typical structure. There’s especially a link in the ninth episode which see’s Jeevan at his limit as he witness multiple women giving birth, containing a similar euphoric sense of life as the scene in season one of Sense8 where the lead characters bear witness and experience their own births. With its eclectic and diverse cast and a story that intertwines to show how we’re all interconnected—and how that’s a good thing— Sense8  may not rise to the prestige level of  Station Eleven , but it shares a similar heart. 

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Star Trek The Original Series 

As we’ve noted , there’s a bond between the  Star Trek  lore and  Station Eleven . However, beyond a snippet of young Kirsten watching an episode, there’s not as much explicit text in the story that links the two, despite a greater connection being developed in the novel. There’s Easter eggs though Instead, such as a quote on the side of their traveling caravan that reads “survival is insufficient”, a quote from Star Trek , and the motto of the symphony. It’s the imagery of the spaceman from the ‘Station Eleven’ graphic novel written by Miranda and cherished by Kirsten. Greater still, it’s the idea of perseverance employing remembrance and honoring the past in which they came from. For those who haven’t already seen the William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy-led  Star Trek,  which aired from 1966 to 1969, the series is a wonderful and wonderfully hokey science-fiction piece that, like  Station Eleven , seeks out the greatest aspects of the universe, even when they’re thrust against some of the ugliest. 

Where to Watch: Paramount Plus

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Twin Peaks: The Return

To undersell the point, director David Lynch knows how to make you feel stuff. With a keen understanding of just how to grasp the heart of the viewer, make them shake in anticipation and stare agape in horror, Lynch, since the very start of his career, has always possessed a gift for leaving viewers deeply unsettled through his stark and frank depictions of human horrors. Not quite the obvious juxtaposition of Patrick Somerville’s adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel’s novel which, while set against a devastating and curiously timed tragedy, never fails in its evocative desire to showcase end times through half-full glasses.

However, if the work of Lynch and this series share a trait, it is the visceral reaction it levels you with. There are no real similarities between the Club Silencio sequence in  Mulholland Drive  and in the penultimate episode of  Station Eleven,  where Jeevan helps in the delivery of multiple childbirths, but the all-consuming, starting in your gut well of emotion that it manages to dredge forth are strikingly similar. It’s haunting but enthralling, dizzying yet so captivating it’s impossible to tear your eyes from the screen. Both shows, more than many others, understand how to make you feel. 

Where to Watch :  Hulu with Showtime 

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As the Symphony leaves St. Deborah, Kirsten, Dieter, and August discuss the quote “survival is insufficient.” The quote, which originates from Star Trek , perfectly encapsulates their plight. “It’s got to be one of the best lines ever written for a TV show,” August says. As they walk and reminisce about past comforts of the modern world (such as air conditioning) they discover a stowaway in their midst.

Eleanor, as they discover the girl is called, is twelve and was betrothed to the Prophet. The prophet has four wives and has dreams that God has told him to repopulate the earth. She ran away since her parents are dead; she also reveals the Charlie and Jeremy left St. Deborah to find the Museum of Civilization. The Symphony at first considers leaving her behind, but ultimately decides to keep her in their midst.

Eleanor explains how the Prophet rose to power; he grew up at the Museum of Civilization before traveling through the South and Virginia, a part of the country notorious for being dangerous and violent. He eventually arrived in St. Deborah with a band of nineteen followers and lived peacefully in the home and garden department of Walmart, before beginning to preach his visions in the town. When a flu wiped out the mayor, the Prophet married his wife and moved to the center of town, revealing his appetite for power and various weaponry in a few short weeks.

Two days out, they arrive at a resort town that has burnt down in a fire. After doing some chores, Kirsten leads an expedition into a school to scavenge for supplies. In the bathroom, they find a skeleton with a bullet hole in its head, but nothing else of note.

The section is intercut with an interview between Kirsten and Francois Diallo, who questions her about the knife tattoos on her wrist. She refuses to answer; it seems it is too painful a subject.

As they camp, Dieter and Sayid take off scouting down the road while August and Kirsten take the night guard duty. During their watch, Kirsten and August both get a sense of unease. Feeling as though they are being watched, they take off to look for Sayid and Dieter and find that they have disappeared with no sign of a struggle.

The Symphony debates what they should do in order to find the missing pair. As they follow protocol and search the area, the Clarinet also disappears. August and Kirsten split off from the group, venturing away from towns. On their way, they meet Finn, a former resident of St. Deborah who took his family and ran away when the Prophet rose to power. He has a scar on his face. They then find an abandoned house which they explore. Inside are the husks of the dead occupants, and August searches for TV guides while Kirsten searches for a book called Dear V. which she had misplaced years before. Dear V. outlines the letters Arthur sent to his friend known only as V. which she published when he became a celebrity. It was called “unsparing” in his evaluations of his friends and family.

In the letters, we see Arthur’s innermost thoughts: the way he finds Clark less interesting as he grows up, his growing apart from Miranda towards Elizabeth, Elizabeth struggling with alcohol. We see Clark, whose job is helping company CEOs getting anonymous honest feedback from his employees, wondering what sort of harsh unsparing thoughts Arthur Leander wrote in his letters to V. about him.

The structure of the forgoing sections, which overwhelmingly limit themselves to the story of a single character, is broken here. We see the Symphony, but also sections from Dear V. , an interview with Kirsten, and Clark’s reaction to Dear V. There is a general sense that the disparate stories are starting to intertwine. Clark is now linked to Kirsten and the Symphony in a way that he wasn’t before, and we start to suspect that there will be more surprise plot twists to come.

The backstory we learn on the Prophet and the clues we get as to Charlie and Jeremy's location point to the fact that the Museum of Civilization is going to be consequential in the plot. Little has been revealed about the location except that it is an airport. What type of museum it is and whether or not it is a benign or malevolent place is unknown. There is a sense that the journey will culminate here.

A device that Mandel borrows from Shakespeare is the appearance of letters, written by the characters, to reveal information. In the book Dear V. Arthur shares his private innermost thoughts with his unresponsive childhood friend. Here we get insight into the way he really feels about Clark (namely, that he's a little boring), the anniversary dinner party with Elizabeth and Miranda together (it was ill-advised), and even Victoria (he cares more about her than she does about him.) This window into Arthur's mind is important to Kirsten and instructive to the reader.

They way the Symphony deals with emergencies shows what a well-oiled machine it has to be to survive.The protocols in place when they lose Dieter and Sayid include a thorough combing of the area and a designated plan to move on and wait for them at their last agreed upon location (in this case, the Museum of Civilization.) These rules have flexibility however, as shown in the collective dealing with the question of what to do with the stowaway Eleanor.

Kirsten’s decision to leave the Symphony behind with August is a dangerous one, but also one that allows for more of her personal quests to be fulfilled. She wants to find more information about Arthur and maybe even another copy of Station Eleven . The mystery of the location of her friends is framed in the mind of the present-tense story, but how Arthur’s life unfolds is on Kirsten’s (and thus the reader’s) mind.

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Station Eleven Questions and Answers

The Question and Answer section for Station Eleven is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.

Who wrote the book Dr. Eleven?

Miranda Carroll, Arthur's first wife, authored the book, Dr. Eleven.

How does Arthur feel about the divorce with Miranda.

Arthur was cxheating on her so I don't think it was unexpected. My page numbers don't match yours. What chapter are you referring to?

Miranda notes with annoyance how her abusive boyfriend overuses the metaphor of "The Machine," often using phrases like “lost in the machine.” Often this is combined with a reference to the metaphorical "Man," as in “That’s how the Man wants us,...

Study Guide for Station Eleven

Station Eleven study guide contains a biography of Emily St. John Mandel, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

  • About Station Eleven
  • Station Eleven Summary
  • Character List

Essays for Station Eleven

Station Eleven essays are academic essays for citation. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

  • Technology's Effect on Human Relationships: Comparing Station Eleven and Frankenstein
  • Art as a Measure of Society's Competence in Station Eleven
  • Internal Journeys of the Characters of Station Eleven
  • “To Be The Light”: The Significance of Faith in Station Eleven 
  • Remnants of the Old World: Making Survival Meaningful in 'Station Eleven'

Lesson Plan for Station Eleven

  • About the Author
  • Study Objectives
  • Common Core Standards
  • Introduction to Station Eleven
  • Relationship to Other Books
  • Bringing in Technology
  • Notes to the Teacher
  • Related Links
  • Station Eleven Bibliography

Wikipedia Entries for Station Eleven

  • Introduction
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  • Main characters

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Deep Space 11

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Deep Space 11 , informally called DS11 , was a Federation deep space station in service with Starfleet during the early 25th century .

In 2401 , while attempting to talk Captain Liam Shaw into diverting the USS Titan to the Ryton system , Admiral Jean-Luc Picard told him that afterward the Titan would undertake a final engineering inspection at Deep Space 4 . When Shaw pointed out that DS4 had been shut down for a year, Commander Seven of Nine tried to cover for Picard by claiming that he actually meant DS11, but Shaw was not fooled. ( PIC : " The Next Generation ")

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Gary Graham, ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ and 'Alien Nation' actor, dies at 73

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Gary Graham, the actor best known for starring in “Star Trek: Enterprise,” died Monday. He was 73.

Susan Lavelle, his ex-wife, confirmed the news in a  Facebook post . According to her post, Graham’s wife, Becky Hopkins, was by his side when he died.

“It is with deep profound sadness to say that Gary Graham, my ex husband, amazing actor and father of our beautiful only child together, Haylee Graham, has passed away today. We are completely devastated especially our daughter Haley,” Lavelle wrote.

Lavelle said she met Graham when he was the co-lead in the 1980s science-fiction series “Alien Nation,” adding that he had many other credits, including “All the Right Moves” with Tom Cruise .

“Gary was funny, sarcastic sense of humor but kind, fought for what he believed in, a devout Christian and was so proud of his daughter, Haylee. This was sudden so please pray for our daughter as she navigates through this thing called grief,” the post continued.

“Fly high into the heavens Gar! Thank you for our journey and thank you for the gifts you left me in acting, my love of horses and most importantly, our daughter,” Lavelle said.

In “Star Trek: Enterprise,” Graham portrayed Ambassador Soval from 2001 to 2005, appearing in a total of 12 episodes. His other TV credits include “M.A.N.T.I.S.,” “JAG” and “Universal Dead.” He also guest starred on shows like “Ally McBeal,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Renegades” and “Work Related,” among others.

As for films, Graham had roles in “The Spy Within,” “The Last Warrior,” “The Arrogant,” “All the Right Moves,” “Robot Jox” and “Steel.”

He is survived by his daughter and wife.

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Ds9's quark actor loves star trek's aliens critiquing humans.

DS9's Quark actor Armin Shimerman loves that Star Trek's alien characters have always had something to say about humans and modern society.

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine breaks the mold by including multiple alien characters who offer unique perspectives on humanity, highlighting different aspects of human behavior.
  • Armin Shimerman loved how each alien character on DS9 represents a different culture and provides contrasting judgments and criticisms of human behavior, contributing to a more nuanced portrayal of humanity.
  • By exploring the complexity of alien cultures and allowing their perspectives to be influenced by their values, DS9 evolves the concept of aliens' commentary on humanity and presents a richer understanding of how the galaxy views Earth.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 's Quark actor, Armin Shimerman, loves alien characters' critique of humanity throughout Star Trek 's history. As a hallmark of Star Trek 's seminal science fiction storytelling, alien perspectives intentionally reflect certain aspects of our modern culture by highlighting how idiosyncratic human behavior might look to an outside observer. The tradition of including an alien outsider began with Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in Star Trek: The Original Series , continued with Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner) in Star Trek: The Next Generation , and Shimerman's own Quark shares that role with Constable Odo (Rene Auberjonois) in the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine .

Armin Shimerman has made no secret of being a lifelong fan of Star Trek and shared this insight into his fandom on The Delta Flyers podcast, where Shimerman and Jadzia Dax actor Terry Farrell have joined the roster of co-hosts to discuss DS9 production stories with the original The Delta Flyers hosts, Star Trek: Voyager 's Robert Duncan McNeill and Garrett Wang. Read Shimerman's quote and listen to The Delta Flyers season 9, episode 6, "Q-Less" below, starting at the 47:18 timestamp.

One of the things I've loved about Star Trek, all through my life, is occasionally they write these wonderful speeches given by aliens -- it started with Spock, talking about humans, and then was passed to others on Deep Space Nine, and I'm sure they did it on [Voyager] as well -- where an alien is able to make judgments, to give an overall critique of human behavior, so the audience can go 'you know what? Yes, we do do that.' I love that when it happens on the show.

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While Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation included one main character to comment on their human counterparts (Spock and Data, respectively), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine broke the mold with multiple alien characters . As a cultural blank slate, Odo's was the most traditional take, questioning "the solids'" behavior. Quark and the other Ferengi contrasted Starfleet's post-scarcity economy with their own profit-based motives. Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) and other Bajorans provided a platform to discuss questions of religious faith versus science, or their coexistence. Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax's (Terry Farrell) Trill wisdom brought judgment-free insight. Recurring Cardassian Garak (Andrew Robinson) saw conspiracies everywhere.

Each alien character on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine offered unique (and sometimes contradictory) observations based on their own cultural backgrounds, which DS9 ensured weren't entirely monolithic, as the case had been in the past. DS9 paid particular attention to the complexity of alien cultures , retaining each alien society's foundational themes, and let alien characters' perspectives be influenced by their cultures' values, but not necessarily strictly defined by them. By doing so, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine evolved the concept of aliens' commentary on humanity and painted a much richer picture of how the rest of the galaxy viewed Earth in the 24th century.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is streaming on Paramount+.

Source: The Delta Flyers , season 9, episode 6 "Q-Less"

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Star Trek Created A Terrible Origin For A Next Gen Main Character

Star Trek: The Next Generation 's Geordi La Forge is one of the franchise's most distinctive and popular characters, but he was originally intended to have a rather strange origin story. LeVar Burton, who played Geordi, came into the series as one of its most recognizable stars, having portrayed Kunta Kinte in the landmark TV mini-series Roots . He was also more than three years into his run as the host of the popular and now legendary children's television series Reading Rainbow.

The early days of Star Trek: The Next Generation saw many elements of its world and characters still finding their way, and Geordi La Forge was no exception. Until the series' second season, when the death of Tasha Yar allowed for a major shake-up of the supporting cast, the character had not yet found his place as the Enterprise's chief engineer. Once he did, he came into his own, as did Worf, who took over for Tasha as chief of security.

But while Star Trek: The Next Generation eventually gave Worf a great deal of connection to his family and culture, Geordi never had much of a backstory. His connection with his android best friend, Data, was always intended to be strong, but even planned elements of that relationship did not ultimately make it to the screen. It wasn't until early in Season 7 that we got to learn anything about Geordi's parents, and then only after his mother died.

Perhaps this lack of background for Geordi in Star Trek: The Next Generation had something to do with the abandoned plan to make him an alien . In their book The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years , Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross quote Jeri Taylor, an executive producer on the series, about the plan to reveal that Geordi's mother had been "impregnated by an alien." This would have come to light when members of his species returned to reclaim him as one of their own.

Geordi's mother had been "impregnated by an alien."

While this origin would have fit in with some major Star Trek themes regarding origins and belonging, the TNG team ultimately decided it was not the best direction for Geordi's character, and we tend to agree. At a certain point, such a revelation about his character might have felt like shoehorning extra development into his story.

Ultimately, Star Trek would give Deep Space Nine ‘ s Benjamin Sisko a similar origin to the one planned for Geordi, though that alien heritage was a central part of his character's narrative arc across all seven seasons of the series. By contrast, the late introduction of an alien origin for Geordi, even if it had been planned from earlier stages in the series, might have seemed like an afterthought. Still, there is some lack of development for his character compared with some others, though Star Trek: Picard did its part in attempting to rectify that.

Geordi is another example of the ways in which Star Trek characters are imagined and reimagined over the course of their existence, with what seems to be the right version of their history usually winning out.

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