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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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"Countdown" Part 3
Star Trek: Countdown #3 (IDW)
Story: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
Writers: Mike Johnson & Tim Jones
Artist: David Messina
Cover by David Messina

 

Powerless to stop the destruction of Romulus and too late in arriving to rescue his wife, Captain Nero sets his crew on a course of revenge.

 

Read the full story summary of this issue at Memory Alpha

 

Didja Notice?

 

The tattoos that Nero and his crew receive never quite match what is seen in the Star Trek movie, nor what is seen issue-to-issue of the Countdown and Nero comic book mini-series, or even page-to-page!

 

On page 3, panel 2, the computer displays visible on the bridge of the Romulan mining ship Narada appear to be Starfleet designs, not Romulan!

 

The Federation medical frigates that arrive in Romulan space to assist the survivors appear to be Olympic-class ships as seen in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "All Good Things..." and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Sacrifice of Angels".

 

After the ruling council is discovered in a Senate shuttle having escaped the destruction of Romulus, on page 6 the Praetor holds the Debrune teral'n, an ancient bladed weapon that is the greatest symbol of the Empire. A teral'n has not been seen in Star Trek before this, but the Debrune were described in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Gambit" Part 1 as an ancient offshoot of the Romulans. It seems odd that a weapon used by an offshoot of the Romulans would be the Empire's greatest symbol and not a weapon developed by the original Romulans themselves.

 

Page 7 depicts the crew of the Narada getting tattoos burned onto their heads. They are from a tradition on Romulus that, when a loved one dies, ancient symbols of love and loss are painted on your skin as a sign of your grief; when the paint finally fades away, your period of mourning is over and life can go on. Captain Nero has the symbols permanently tattooed onto every crewmember so that the mourning of Romulus and their loved ones can never end, life can not go on. Only revenge is left.

 

On page 9, Spock comments to the Vulcan High Council on an old comrade of his, a young Federation captain who would often enact high-risk plans based on what his gut told him to do. Obviously this is a reference to Captain Kirk.

 

Page 12 reveals that the mining vessel Narada was retrofitted with Borg technology that was being back-engineered and developed by the secret Romulan military facility the Vault.

 

Page 13 reveals that the Jellyfish prototype ship was designed by Geordi La Forge, former chief engineer of Enterprise-D and -E, after he left Starfleet to become a freelance starship designer.

 

On page 16, Geordi discusses with Data some of the past "impossible dilemmas" they faced and overcame in their time aboard the Enterprise. Mentioned are: Locutus (a Borgified Captain Picard in the ST-TNG 2-part episode "The Best of Both Worlds"), Lore (Data's evil older brother who appeared in several episodes), Devidia II (a world of time-travelling aliens who threatened Earth in the two-part episode "Time's Arrow"), and Q (a nearly omnipotent, godlike being who harassed the crew of the Enterprise, particularly Captain Picard, numerous times throughout the ST-TNG series).

 

The last page of the issue depicts Worf, formerly a Starfleet officer who served with distinction, as a general in the Klingon Empire. 

 

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