"A Search for Answers"
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #3 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrot
Art by: Derek Charm
Letters by: Neil Uyetake
In 2258, Uhura and Kirk face repercussions
for their violation of the Starfleet archives. In 2261, T'Laan
continues to question her participation at Starfleet Academy.
In 2258, Uhura and Kirk discover an old
classified recording in the Starfleet archives about Wagner-219
and a mutiny on the Slayton a century ago. But
Starfleet discovers the breech of security and Admiral Marcus
calls the two cadets on the carpet for their actions.
In 2261, T'Laan fails her test in the
centennial competition and becomes convinced the Academy is not
the place she belongs. As she plans to leave once the
competition is complete, Professor Trumble attempts to inspire
her at the memorial to Vulcan on the Academy grounds.
CONTINUED IN STAR TREK: STARFLEET
Notes from the Star Trek
This issue takes
place in two different time periods, the year 2258, during
Uhura's fourth year in Starfleet Academy and in 2261 with a
previously unseen crop of cadets.
Characters appearing in this
Captain Bran Hendricks (in 2159 video
(in 2159 video recordings only)
Bashir (in 2159 video recordings only)
Chief Engineer Jack Somers (in 2159 video recordings only)
Captain Archer (mentioned only)
Krem (mentioned only)
The issues of this series did not have individual issue titles.
"A Search for Answers" as the title based on the
characters quests in each of the depicted time periods.
The Earth starship Slayton NX-05 seen in the
archive recordings viewed by Uhura and Kirk is an NX-class
ship, the same class as the Enterprise NX-01 of
Captain Archer seen in episodes of ST: Enterprise.
Most likely, the ship was named for U.S. astronaut Deke
Page 3 reveals a member of the Slayton crew to have
been Commander Juliet Bashir. It is likely that she is an
ancestor of Dr. Julian Bashir who appeared in most episodes
of ST: DS9.
On page 6, during a medical exercise on how to stop
internal hemorrhaging on a patient, a cadet asks for
synthetic cyklokapron; Cyklokapron is
a brand name of tranexamic acid, a synthetic analog of the
amino acid lysine, and used to treat or prevent blood loss.
Another cadet asks for a HIFU generator; HIFU stands for
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound which can sometimes be
used to destroy damaged tissue, though I'm not sure how that
would stop the hemorrhaging described in this exercise.
On page 8, the spaceship statue seen outside the Academy's
School of Engineering is the Phoenix, the first
Earth vessel to travel at warp speed, designed by Zefram
Cochrane, as depicted in the 1996 film Star Trek: First
On page 9, the instructor conducting the transporter
simulation test refers to the Vulcan Diak as "Cadet Diak".
But he is a member of one of the visiting teams from another
school, not Starfleet Academy, so it's unclear whether he
should have been addressed by the "Cadet" title.
On page 11, we can tell the Tellarite teacher of Uhura's
History 345-B class is Professor Trumble by the single sharp
tooth in his lower jaw (as seen in
Professor Trumble is speaking to his
class about Captain Archer's encounter with an alien known
as Krem. In the ST: Enterprise episode
"Acquisition", Archer and the crew of the Enterprise
NX-01 met the Ferengi called Krem in 2151.
In 2258 Cadet Uhura is called to the carpet by Admiral
Marcus for her breach of classified Starfleet archives.
Admiral Marcus will later be seen in
Into Darkness, where he
is killed by Khan.
Admiral Marcus remarks that when the Slayton
disappeared a century ago, Starfleet was not able to
ascertain its location from a snippet of a distress call
received. But since the ship disappeared in 2158, it would
have been Earth Starfleet searching for the ship at the
time, not the Federation Starfleet, which did not come into
existence until 2161.
In the flashback image of T'Laan leaving Vulcan on page 17,
panel 3, T'Laan's family appears to have a pet sehlat
sleeping in the background. A sehlat is a large,
bear-like creature found on Vulcan, often kept as pets by
Vulcan families; as a child, Spock is seen to have had a pet
sehlat in the ST animated series episode
Professor Trumble reveals he served aboard the USS
Challenger for his first posting.
A Vulcan sketia tree is planted on the Academy
grounds as a memorial for the destroyed planet. This is the
first mention of sketia trees as far as I can find.
|The space station the
centennial contestants meet at for the beginning of the
interstellar scavenger hunt appears to be Starbase 1 in
Earth orbit, as previously seen in
"The Vengeance of Nero".
|Starbase 1 in this issue
||Starbase 1 in "The Vengeance of Nero"
Notes from the Starfleet Academy Cadet files in
T'Laan is 21 years old during the events of this story
(2161). Her home city is Shikahr, Vulcan (also the home city
of Spock). Her favorite food is hestigapt noodles.
Shev is 21 years old during the events
of this story (2161). His home city is Th'Rholt, Moon of
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