This is is a collection of the 4 comics that are a prequel to the 2009 Star Trek movie.
The series is set 8 years after the end of Nemesis. Relationsh...moreThis is is a collection of the 4 comics that are a prequel to the 2009 Star Trek movie.
The series is set 8 years after the end of Nemesis. Relationships between Romulans and the Federation are the best they've ever been, and Spock is now the official Federation Ambassador to Romulus. Picard is also now a Federation Ambassador. Data has successfully integrated his personality into the B-4 android, and is now Captain of the Enterprise-E.
Spock confronts Romulans with the news that the Hobus Star is in the process of going supernova, and predics that it will likely destroy Romulus. The Romulan senate choose to disbelieve Spock's prediction. Nero sides with Spock, and offers the use of his mining ship, the Nerada to extract rare Decalithium that Spock requires for his plan; to stop the supernovae by use of red-matter.
I know some people have taken a great dislike to the 2009 star trek movie, but for some reason I've always prefered the less-loved star trek aspects. My favourite Trek series are Enterprise and DS9, which most other trekkies rank bottom, (and thats the ones that even acknowledge the existence of the enterprise series!). So its not suprising that the 2009 movie became my absolute favourite trek movie; Overtaking even my beloved First Contact.
The 2009 movie stands up quite well on its own, but it does benefit greatly from the backstory in the comic series, and if you're a die-hard trekkie, or just a fan of the movie, you shouldn't excuse yourself from reading it! There are some details in it that solves little unanswered questions from the movie, such as why the romulan miners all have shaven and tattooed scalps. Not a massively important plot-point, but it's these little details that make you go 'ahaaaa!'.
The major delight for me in the entire novel had to be the reappearance of Data, as I believe this is the first time it has been revealed that he did indeed 'resurrect' properly after having his neural net downloaded into the B-4 android. I couldn't help a little cheer as I saw him pictured on the bridge of the Enterprise with 4 pips on his collar. There is no greater joy in Star Trek than seeing CAPTAIN DATA! <3
Captain Kirk recieves a secret mission for the enterprise; to investigate the origin of a federation distress call issued from a planetary system outs...moreCaptain Kirk recieves a secret mission for the enterprise; to investigate the origin of a federation distress call issued from a planetary system outside federation space. This system far out has 3 habitable planets, which where actually populated by people whose beliefs and way of life fell outside of federation norms and wanted to live outside federation jurisdiction.
When they arrive at the system, they investigate each planet in turn to find the source of the transmission. On the first they find a tribal society of nomads that shun technology, but give some reports of raiders from the sky. On the second they find a deeply religious society, whose priests live in relative luxury and their 'churls' (who are clearly on some kind of medication) are also being raided by other ships. The third planet is technologically developed, and like the others reject any interference from fedaration officers, but it's quite obvious that theres only once place left to look, so down goes the away party. And soon they're finding themselves in a nazi-like society that breeds clones for slaves.
The storyline was somewhat predictable, before they'd even got to the 3rd planet it was fairly obvious what was going on. But then this was the very first novelisation, so I wasn't expecting a masterpiece.
The varied reasons for which people would live outside the federation is certainly thought provoking. The federation may be hyped as the perfect communist society, but it doesn't always know best, and it certainly doesn't cater for everyone.
See my other reviews of Star Trek novels: [Star Trek episode novelisations] | Star Trek 1 →(less)
This is the 2nd of Blish's adaptations of star trek episodes, taking the script and turning them into short stories. This set includes the episode tha...moreThis is the 2nd of Blish's adaptations of star trek episodes, taking the script and turning them into short stories. This set includes the episode that introduced the Klingons, and the episode that set up the movie "Wrath of Khan". This is Important Stuff.
Some of these match very closely with the aired episodes, some are much more changed, but I noticed the differences in every one.
In my estimation most of them have come out better than the original episodes. Everything that annoyed me, the inconsistencies, plot holes, the illogical bits that really irritated me (why yes I am half vulcan).. well basically they've been fixed. I love James Blish for this, I really do. It's about time I read one of his original novels.
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We've been rewatching the original series of Star Trek lately, the remastered dvds in fact. And I thought this would be the perfect time to start read...moreWe've been rewatching the original series of Star Trek lately, the remastered dvds in fact. And I thought this would be the perfect time to start reading the original Star Trek episode novelisations, which I've never read before.
This book contained 7 episode novelisations; Charlie's Law, Dagger of the Mind, The Unreal McCoy, Balance of Terror, The Naked Time, Miri, The Conscience of the King. All of them reworked from the original scripts into short stories, by James Blish.
I was glad to read the novelised versions of the episodes, as I don't always follow episodes very well when I don't have subtitles to help, and I thought it would be great to clear up the bits I couldn't understand. I'm not completely deaf, but I do have probs with understanding speach, and the amount of camera switching and other probs with tv means that I miss a few things where lip reading can't help me catch up.
But as it turns out, Blish allowed himself a little bit of creative liscence in the switch from script to novel, so certain parts of the novels differ in varying ways from the original show. I thought the changes were largely improvements tho, including a lot of things changed to be more technologically and scientifically correct. And I didn't mind that they didn't follow the show exactly, because the feel of thing was perfect, and I feel like the bits I needed clearing up were filled in appopriately enough for me. I particularly liked the addition of Spock singing to himself in Vulcan at the end of one of the novelisations, which never occured in any episode, but was fun to imagine!
I think after this I'm certainly going to try some of the original (non-script-based) novels too!