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I’d kind of like to see a Sulu/Chekov/Uhura Going in Style-type movie.

§ March 6th, 2015 § Filed under star trek § 8 Comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation, despite being set long after the adventures of the original Enterprise’s crew in the Star Trek TV series and movies, established in the very first episode that at least one of those characters, Leonard “Bones” McCoy, was still around. And then, a few years later, Spock pops up in a couple of Next Gen episodes, and then Scotty joins the Next Gen party his own self eventually.

There were some novels bringing bringing together the Original Series characters in the Next Generation context…1995’s Crossover, and some of the “Shatnerverse” novels by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. I believe the earliest storytelling endeavor to put Old Spock and Old McCoy face-to-face (leaving out Old-ish Scotty, since his return was still a year in the future) was the Star Trek The Next Generation: The Modala Imperative mini-series from DC Comics in 1991. This series itself was part of the 25th anniversary celebratory crossover with Classic Trek, in that tied in directly to the previous Star Trek: The Modala Imperative mini.

Looking at the timing, it seems that Spock’s appearance in this Next Gen comic series (released in the summer of 1991 or thereabouts) actually predates his return in the Next Generation TV episodes (original airdate of November 1991), which is interesting. Of course, given the long lifespans of Vulcans, he would be the most, ahem, logical choice of the original cast to also appear in the Enterprise-D’s time.

Anyway, here are Spock and McCoy, reunited at last in the pages of issue #2 of the second Modala series:


Ah, if only we could have had this happen in live action.

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Another loss to the Star Trek family this week was producer Harve Bennett, who helped revitalize the film franchise with his involvement beginning with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. So long, Harve.
 
 

from Star Trek The Next Generation: The Modala Imperative #2 (August 1991) by Peter David and Pablo Marcos

Let’s just enjoy a few panels of Mr. Spock as drawn by Curt Swan.

§ March 4th, 2015 § Filed under star trek § 1 Comment


 
 

from Star Trek #37 (April 1987) by Len Wein, Curt Swan and Pablo Marcos

This post spoils the shocking surprises of The Wrath of Khan and probably other Trek films, in case that’s a problem.

§ March 2nd, 2015 § Filed under star trek § 9 Comments

So the weird thing about this particular Star Trek series, the first from DC Comics:


…was that, coming only about a year and some months after 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, it was missing one of the primary elements of the franchise. Given that our favorite Vulcan sacrificed his life to save the Enterprise in said film, the comics were going to have to be Spockless for at least a little while.

The loss was addressed in that first issue, as our Spock stand-in Saavik gets an undue amount of grief from Kirk, as Dr. McCoy points out here:


One of the elements of this series I found interesting (and one that also came into play with Marvel’s Star Wars, especially when it had to go without Han Solo for a while) was how they had to deal with running-in-place between films. The comics were clearly intended to fit within the continuity of the films, and had to react to them or set things up accordingly.

After recovering Spock in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (SPOILER: they find him), the film ends with a slightly addled Spock who seems to be just on the cusp of recovering his former mental state. Of course, the comics aren’t going to tread water for three years waiting for whatever’s going to happen to Spock in the next film with some extended Vulcan version of Being There. Instead, during a long, and actually pretty good, Mirror Universe story (back when those were rare things) our not-yet-recovered Spock encounters the “evil” goateed Spock:


…an interaction that results in having a functional Spock in the comic book series for the next couple of years.

Well, at least until just before Star Trek IV: Free Willy is about to be unleashed, where it’s clear that the film picks up pretty much right where the previous one left off, with no consideration at all given to the fact that between then and “now” Spock was out having adventures with a yellow bird man. Nope, IV was going to feature a Spock still recovering from his “death,” and thus in the comics he had to be knocked back to square one in order to match up continuity-wise with the films. I mean, literally in the comic he’s explicitly described as being back at square one:


“It’s like some kind of…cosmic reset button was pressed, Jim…I don’t understand it!”

Anyway, after IV wrapped up the three film arc that began in Wrath of Khan, the comics may have had an easier time of it by not having to bookend their storylines with putting all the pieces in place to match movie continuity. But at the same time, in a weird sort of way, by not having to directly tie into the films, the comics seemed to lose a little something, some sense of “essentialness” to the franchise as a whole. Okay, not like any of this is essential by any means, but there was a loss of connection to the larger picture that I missed having during those first five or so years of DC’s Star Trek series…a connection that I haven’t really felt in any franchise’s comic book tie-in since.

images from Star Trek #1 (February 1984) – cover by George Perez, interiors by Mike W. Barr, Tom Sutton and Ricardo Villagran; Star Trek #11 (February 1985) by Barr, Sutton and Villagran; Star Trek #36 (March 1987) by Len Wein and Gray Morrow

Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015).

§ February 28th, 2015 § Filed under obituary, star trek § 1 Comment


Yes, I’ve posted this pic from that 1977 All About Star Trek Fan Clubs magazine before, but, you know, it’s been nine years, and I’m thinkin’ now is the right time to appreciate it again.

So long, Leonard, and thanks for everything.

Slash fiction is somehow to blame.

§ February 8th, 2014 § Filed under freak out, star trek Comments Off on Slash fiction is somehow to blame.

 


IN POSITION
 
 

AND PREPARED
 
 

CAPTAIN

 
 

from Peter Pan Book & Record Set #PR-45 (1979)

“And you people…you’re all…astronauts on…some kind of ‘star trek.'”

§ February 7th, 2014 § Filed under star trek § 5 Comments


 
 

from Peter Pan Book & Record Set #PR-45 (1979)

I’m a little short on posting time…

§ February 5th, 2014 § Filed under star trek § 5 Comments

…so here’s a picture of the Enterprise crew fighting a googly-eyed dinosaur (identified as a “tyrannosaurus” later in the story) with an inset pic of Badly-Rendered Kirk reciting the TV show’s intro:


What if Kirk recited that every day at the beginning of his bridge shift? That would be weird.
 
 

from Peter Pan Book & Record Set #PR-45 (1979)

“The magnet of self-revelation draws him on from facet to facet!”

§ November 25th, 2013 § Filed under star trek § 4 Comments

Over the years I’d seen plenty of the late ’70s Dynabrite comics, but mostly just the Disney ones. What’s nice about these Dynabrite comics is that they’re reprints of selected stories on nice white paper, with good printing, under thick covers. They’re sort of proto-trade paperbacks collections, staple-bound and inexpensive.

I’ve never seen the 1978 Star Trek Dynabrite reprints, collecting stories from the Gold Key series. At least, not until they showed up in a collection the other day:


Captain Kirk says “shop around, maybe you’ll find this comic for less than cover price!”


Actually, $0.69 wasn’t too bad for what you got. Comics were about 35 to 40 cents or thereabouts for the typical 32-page format (with about 20 or so pages of comics, more or less). The Dynabrite format was 48 pages, no ads, and white pages:


And if you were really lucky, you got a shot of Montgomery Scott with devil horns and breathing fire:

Minor spoilers for Star Trek and Doctor Who in this post. This is your only warning.

§ May 20th, 2013 § Filed under doctor who, star trek § 6 Comments


I’ve had a long Sunday, and normally I’d just skip a day of posting, since I’m not doing the “update the site every day because I’m a crazy person” thing anymore, but I do like to have a little something up every Monday.

I did manage to see both the new Star Trek movie and the Doctor Who season ender this past weekend, and…well, I hope the Trek folks got their “callbacks to the original series” thing out of their system, because in the two or three films that are likely left in this particular iteration of the reboot, I’d like to see a story that’s, you know, its own animal. I mean, okay, I’ll give them one film where we see what happens in the new timeline when they encounter a familiar-to-us face (well, kinda sorta, work with me here) from the past, with The Ol’ Twisteroos on familiar-to-us situations, and all-too-familiar-to-us bits of dialogue. I did enjoy the film, but I hope I don’t wait three to four years for the next film, and it turns out to be Star Trekkin’ Around Looking for Whales in the Past, But with The New Guys.

Also, a dumb Trek joke I made on Twitter, inspired by the Trek rebootings, got retweeted by Rob Liefeld, so it was all worth it.

The Doctor Who season-ender, on the other hand, benefited by a backwards glance or two, with cameos by previous Doctors via repurposed footage and stand-ins rushing by cameras in the various Doctors’ outfits. I always like seeing references to the previous Doctors in the current series, and since we’re leading up to the 50th anniversary, it’s certainly fitting that they’re popping up about now. And it’s all tied into an explanation for a season-long mystery, in the middle of what I thought was a fun and relatively clever story, which has me anticipating November’s actual anniversary special even more.

Plus, I know this is a bad thing to say, I know they’re overdoing it with these characters, I know getting what I want in this case will ruin the very thing I’m wanting…but I do so enjoy Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax when they appear, and hope for more appearances. Particularly Strax.


Just look at that adorable little guy.

“It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it.”

§ May 18th, 2013 § Filed under star trek § 6 Comments

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