Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #2 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrot
Art by: Derek Charm
Letters by: Neil Uyetake
In 2258, Cadet Uhura enlists the help of
Cadet Kirk to solve the mystery of Wagner-219, while in 2261,
Cadet T'Laan rediscovers it.
In 2258, Cadet Chekov begins to get
squeamish about helping Uhura dig into what appears to be
classified Starfleet information about the Wagner-219 system and
he bows out. Uhura then enlists the help of Kirk due to his
blatant disregard for authority.
In 2261, Cadet T'Laan and her teammates in
the Academy's centennial competitions perform well. As T'Laan
researches for the upcoming scavenger hunt in space, she
stumbles across a hidden message left by Uhura three years
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
Characters appearing in this
"Melty" (an Arcturian)
Cadet Lucia Gonzales
The issues of this series did not have individual issue titles.
"Academy Games" as the title for this issue because I couldn't
think of one better.
|The opposition team
member who Shev eliminates on page 4 during the marksmanship
contest is an Arcturian. Shev refers to the individual as
"Melty" because Arcturians have skin that looks as if it
might be melting off the body.
||Arcturian from Star Trek: The Motion
This issue reveals that, within their own species,
Monchezkins communicate electro-chemically, not vocally.
On page 6, Shev comments to his fellow Andorian Dreva, "At
least I had the wejels to leave home and study off-world..." Wejels must be an Andorian word,
perhaps for "balls"...notice that
is an anagram of "jewels".
On page 10, Uhura remarks to Kirk, "I can tell you from
personal experience--no one's last words should ever go
unheard." This is a reference to the death of her Uncle
Raheem, as seen in a mind-meld with Spock in
"The Last Conversation"
(written by this mini-series' co-writer, Ryan Parrot).
On page 11, Chen pilots through a storm of archorite meteors
in a simulation. I've been unable to find any relevant
meaning to the term "archorite".
Lucia correctly answers a number of scholastic questions as
part of the competition on page 12. They are all Trek-universe-centric
questions and seem to be unrelated to any past stories as
far as I can determine, with topics such as 1) the
phenobian cryo-globin antidote (phenylionictriazide-23), 2)
the combined number of Federation and Romulan fatalities
during the battle of Tarnu (57), 3) the Klingon word for
antidisestablishmentarianism (t'ok), and 4) the
title of the longest of the nine thousand holographic odes
written by the Yyldrian poet Sebbest-Fol ("What's the Point
of Anything, Anyway?").
On pages 14-15, Ellion of Rigel introduces himself to
T'Laan. Rigelians, natives of Rigel V, appeared previously
in episodes of ST: Enterprise. The similarly-named Rigellians (note the
extra "l") are a humanoid turtle-like species, seen briefly
in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
On page 16, Uhura uses the Klingon word Hija' for
"yes". This is the correct word according to The Klingon
Dictionary by Marc Okrand.
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