this episode forces us to dig into the nitty gritty of slavery and also jesus. chelsea doesn't go in depth with marxist theory. modern day rome has a tv station that is a point of contention between the hosts. spock and bones do a lot of fighting for plot purposes. kirk has a dubious interaction with a woman. merikus is a tragic figure, but like, in the classical sense probably?
just read the water margin instead of watching this episode of star trek. but definitely listen to this podcast first.
CORRECTION: toward the end of the episode - it was emperor constantine, not emperor augustus.