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

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

  • acethepug says:

    I loved that sequence, it just felt like they found the character voices and nailed them perfectly.

    Thanks for the memories on this one :)

  • For what it’s worth, the Sarek episode of TNG was 5/90

  • Michael Grabowski says:

    I don’t know how many times they did this, and it’s not exactly the same as a reunion of the characters, but I got to see Kelley, Nimoy, and Shatner do a joint talk/panel at a Star Trek 30th anniversary con in ’96 in Pasadena. It may have been scripted shtick or it may have been real, but it came across that the first two genuinely appreciated and enjoyed each other, and that they… had polite patience for their “captain.” It was definitely an illogical emotional pleasure to see them on stage together.

  • Randal says:

    Oh, that is nice. I could do without the raucous Starfleet extras in the background over-emoting, but yes, I could hear the voices in my head. Some guy named Peter David wrote that…wonder if he did anything else for Star Trek.

  • Guinan is a speedster?

    But yes, it’s a warm and fuzzy moment and, of course, Peter David pulls it off perfectly.

  • Eric Houston says:

    Nice to see this. It strange, it occurred to me just this morning that, in one of life’s great ironies, that the actors portraying the three original Enterprise crewmen who lived long enough to meet Picard and crew (in the TV series anyway) were the first three we lost.

  • Adam says:

    Those people in the background of the third panel are really, really excited at getting to witness this occasion.

  • Bill D. says:

    [W]ith Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens”… sure. ;)