Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #1 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrot
Art by: Derek Charm
Letters by: Neil Uyetake
Cadet Uhura picks up a strange signal she
can't identify in the
In 2258, as an instructor at the Academy,
Spock makes the decision he must temporarily end relations with
Cadet Uhura until she graduates to avoid the appearance of
impropriety. Slightly bitterly, she accepts the break up.
Meanwhile, she has been detecting
a strange signal she can't identify in the long-range sensor lab
and engages Cadet Chekov's scientific skills to help pinpoint
the source of the signal, which he does, to the Wagner-219
system. When Uhura tries to look up information about the system
in Starfleet archives, the data request comes up ACCESS DENIED.
In 2261, Vulcan Cadet T'Laan asks to
transfer out of the Academy to join her fellow Vulcans on New
Vulcan. Her counselor, Professor Trumble, convinces her to
participate in the Inter-Academy
Exploratory Competition first, hoping that it will help her find
her place at the Academy and stay.
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
Selia (mentioned only)
Cadet Lucia Gonzales
Cadet Shev Akria
Cadet Vel K'Bentayr
Cadet Grace Chen
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy was a 5-issue
mini-series published by IDW. It relates some incidents of
Spock, Kirk, and Chekov in 2258 during their time at at Starfleet Academy
before their initial mission aboard the Enterprise in
"The Vengeance of Nero"
and a related adventure of a later crop of cadets in 2261.
The issues of this series did not have individual issue titles.
"Crossed Signals" as the issue title simply based on
aspects of relationships and science in the story.
On page 1, Uhura is discussing with Spock a faint long-range
signal she picked up in the lab and says she would like to
gain access to the Columbia Hills
antenna array since Mars has far less distortion.
Columbia Hills are a range of seven hills inside Gusev
crater on Mars, explored by the Spirit rover in 2004-2010. The
seven hills are named for each of the seven astronauts who
died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster of
2003. Apparently, in the 23rd Century, there is a Federation
antenna array there.
On pages 1-4, notice that the famous neon sign of the Port
of San Francisco is visible through the window of the
Starfleet Academy cafeteria where Spock and Uhura are
As Spock and Uhura discuss the possible impropriety of their
romantic relationship on page 2, Uhura states that Spock was
only ever her instructor for one class when he was just a
grad student and they didn't even start seeing each other
until the class was over.
|One of the patrons at the
cafeteria in the background of page 2, panel 1 is a Lurian,
the same species as Morn on ST:DS9. He looks to be touching
hands with a Caitian, the same felinoid species as Lt.
M'Ress in ST: The Animated Series; the timeline is
about right, so it may actually be M'Ress herself!
Kirk is seen to be having girl trouble with a woman of
unrevealed species named Jackie.
On page 4, Kirk asks Uhura if she's still mad at him about
the bar fight a while back, a reference to Kirk's bar fight
at the Shipyard Bar in the 2009 Star Trek film (see
"Parallels"). That would have
been about 4 years ago, a long time for a girl to hold a grudge! Not to
mention that we know the two of them have interacted since
then, e.g. in The Gemini
Holographic signs seen throughout the Starfleet Academy
campus in the 2261 portions of the story indicate the Academy
is celebrating 100 years. The Academy was established in
2161 according to the ST:TNG episode "The First Duty".
Professor Trumble remarks that Vulcans do not "dance around
the delbat" when they speak. Delbat is an unknown term,
possibly a Tellarite word since the professor is a Tellarite
himself. From the context, the phrase
"dance around the delbat" would seem to be similar to the
English colloquialism "beat around the bush".
Professor Trumble tells T'Laan that he joined the school's
Parrises squares team when he was a cadet and had a natural
proficiency with the game's ion mallet.
Parrises squares is an athletic game in the ST universe,
mentioned in a number of episodes of the various TV series.
Trumble reveals his team was called the Fighting Phoenixes.
On page 8, notice that the Fighting Phoenixes logo is set in
the "Star Trek" font of the original TV series, as do the
words of the Inter-Academy Exploratory Competition display
Trumble shows T'Laan on page 9.
On page 9, Trumble tells T'Laan that a member of the
Academy's team for the Inter-Academy
Exploratory Competition has come down with lungworm and he
would like her to replace them. It seems odd that a cadet
would have lungworm, as it is a nematode parasite only known
to infect animals, not people; possibly an alien species of
nematode-like parasite has infected the cadet. Lt.
McKenna is also said to have contracted lungworm in
"The Vengeance of Nero", necessitating Cadet Sulu taking
the helm for him on the Enterprise's mission there.
Apparently, Professor Trumble is also a Commander, as Cadet
T'Laan addresses him as such on page 9.
Page 16 introduces Cadet Vel K'Bentayr. He is a Monchezkin.
A Monchezkin served as a security officer on the USS
Kelvin in the 2009 Star Trek film (see
"Rebirth"). According to
Memory Alpha, the officer was Alnschloss K'Bentayr,
likely a relation.
On page 16 Cadet Chen says, "Ni men hao." This is
Chinese for "How are you?"
In panel 4 of page 16, the Andorian symbol is seen in the
background among the team symbols of the
Inter-Academy Exploratory Competition. The Vulcan IDIC
symbol is seen in the background of page 18, panel 4.
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