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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Star Trek: Assimilation Futile "Assimilation Futile"
Star Trek: Boldly Go
#4 (IDW)
Written by Mike Johnson
Art and Colors by Tony Shasteen
Letters by Andworld Design
Cover by George Caltsoudas
January 2017

 

A Romulan/Starfleet showdown with the Borg!

 

Characters appearing in this issue

 

Spock

Captain Kirk

Lt. Darwin

Dr. McCoy

Lt. Commander Varas

Lt. Commander Sulu

Lt. Uhura

Commander Tallus (commander of the Haakona)

Illhusra

Lt. Ellix

Chief Groffus

Lt. Chekov

Amanda Grayson (in Spock's memory only, deceased)

Captain Terrell 

 

Didja Know?

 

This issue does not have an individual title. I've chosen the title "Assimilation Futile" in reference to Spock's resistance to the Borg attempt to assimilate him.

 


 

Didja Notice?

 

During the battle with the Borg sphere over Romulus on pages 8-9, a number of ships of similar design to the Romulan patrol ships seen in "Legacy of Spock" Part 3 are seen.

 

After allying with the Romulans long enough to rescue the prisoners of the Borg and destroy the Borg sphere, Kirk is brought before the Romulan senate for his violation of the Neutral Zone. The Senate speaker comments that this is the second time he has violated the border, the first when he gave assistance in uncovering the plot of Vulcan terrorists against the Empire. This occurred in "Vulcan's Vengeance" Part 2.

 

On page 20, Kirk remarks that he stole the idea to beam the photon torpedoes onto the Borg sphere from Spock. In Star Trek Into Darkness, Spock beamed a number of armed photon torpedoes onto the Vengeance, disabling it.

 

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