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Star Trek: Connection (Part 2) "Connection" Part 2
Star Trek #60 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story consultant: Roberto Orci
Art by: Tony Shasteen
Colors by: Davide Mastrolonardo
Letters by: Andworld Design
Cover by: Tony Shasteen
August 2016

 

Each of the two Enterprises finds itself in possession of the alternate universe probe of the other as they attempt to determine the nature of the space-time anomaly that has been causing the minds of the two crews to switch.

 

Story Summary

 

The two separate crews glean the data from the alternate universe probes they've received, finding that the space-time anomaly the two Enterprises have encountered is composed of a sentient energy that has become trapped between the two universes. The Spock and Scotty of each universe manage to devise a way to free the energy being through the use of a modified photon torpedo. As crews begin work, the distortions become worse, merging parts of the two Enterprises themselves temporarily.

 

When the torpedoes are ready, the crews independently fire them into the anomaly, freeing the energy creature and stopping the merging of the two universes. At the end, however, each Captain Kirk finds that the two Enterprises' databanks are left with bits of information from the other universe's ship which the two captains classify, but not without each Kirk getting a glimpse of the past life of the other.

 

THE END

 

Characters appearing in this issue

 

Kirk-Prime

Spock-Prime (young)

Scotty-Prime

Scotty

Kirk

Spock

McCoy-Prime

Uhura-Prime

McCoy

Uhura

Chekov-Prime

Chekov

Yeoman Rand-Prime

Admiral Pike (flashback)

George Kirk-Prime (possibly, seen in silhouette only, flashback)

Khan-Prime (flashback)

 

Didja Know?

 

The covers of this two-part story (Star Trek #'s 59 and 60) by Tony Shasteen form a connected image of the respective Enterprises and crewmembers from the original TV series and those of the Kelvin timeline.

 

This issue was the last one of this comic book series. However, a new series from the same publisher, Star Trek: Boldly Go, continues the stories of the Enterprise of the Kelvin timeline.

 

Didja Notice?

 

When the message of the living energy of the space anomaly is translated by Uhura-Prime, Scotty remarks on the part of the message that reads "our infinite lost", "Well that's as clear as tritanium!" Tritanium, in the Star Trek universe, is element 126 on the periodic table, a heavy metal 21.4 times harder than diamond. According to the ST: Enterprise episode "Dead Stop", the hull of Enterprise NX-01 was made of tritanium. In ST: TNG, Galaxy and Intrepid-class starships also had tritanium hulls.

 

After helping the sentient energy to break free from its trap, the two Enterprises databanks are left with bits of information from the other universe's ship which the two captains classify. Only Kirk himself looks at some of the alternate biographies of the crewmembers, particularly his own. On page 19, Admiral Pike is seen in a wheelchair from his appearance to commend Kirk at the end of "The Vengeance of Nero". Khan-Prime from the original series episode "Space Seed" is also seen. A silhouette of a man and boy tossing a baseball around may be of a young Kirk and his father, George (George Kirk lived longer in the Prime timeline than his Kelvin timeline counterpart did).

 

Page 21 of the issue is a memorial to actor Anton Yelchin (1989-2016), who played Chekov in the current movie series. Yelchin was killed on June 19, 2016 when he exited his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee on the steep incline of the driveway of his home and it rolled backward into him, pinning him to a brick pillar with its weight; the vehicle model was actually under recall notice for a transmission problem that could cause unintended rolling. The 2016 film Star Trek Beyond, his last role as Chekov, was also dedicated to his memory.

 

Unanswered Questions

 

It's not revealed what Starfleet did with the alternate universe information left in the Enterprise's databanks in the Prime universe. One might conjecture that the technical data was examined thoroughly and used to "back-engineer" some of the more advanced technology of the Kelvin timeline Enterprise, prompting the more "realistic", high-tech look of Federation technology beginning in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and on from there. 

 

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