"Lost Apollo" Part 1
Star Trek #33 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Roberto Orci
Pencils: Joe Corroney
Inks: Joe Corroney, Victor Moya, and Rob Doan
An Enterprise away team discovers what seem
to be old Earth artifacts on an unexplored planet.
The title "Lost Apollo" is probably a
reference to Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13
by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger, about the failed Apollo 13
Moon landing in 1970 due to a crippling explosion in the Service
The story opens in 1970 Cocoa Beach, Florida. Many NASA
astronauts and workers live in Cocoa Beach, only 15 miles
south of the John F. Kennedy Space Center.
In the 1970 prelude, Steve appears to be driving a Ford
The model rocket plane seen in panel 3 of page 2 may be one
of the Bell X-1 series of experimental supersonic planes
conceived and built in the 1940s-50s for U.S. Army Air Force
and U.S. Air Force.
On page 2, Steve exclaims to his wife he'll be going where
nobody's gone before, an obvious play on the Star Trek
slogan of "where no man (or no one) has gone before".
Page 3 states that it takes place 291 years after the 1970
prelude. This places the story in 2261, which fits with the
last known year of the chronology at this point, in
"Parallel Lives" Part 2.
On page 7, Kirk tells Kai he may take him to a great bar in
Iowa off Highway 25. This is an actual highway that runs
north-south through the state of Iowa. And, of course, Kirk
is from Iowa.
In this issue, Lt. Zahra states that she is a security
On page 13, Kirk states that no plastics have been made
since before the invention of warp drive. Presuming he is
speaking of the Earth invention of warp drive (some other
planets/civilizations had it earlier, e.g. Vulcan), this
would be before 2063, when Zefram Cochrane successfully
tested Earth's first warp drive ship.
After Kirk's tricorder is swiped by a native animal on the
surface of Hinrichs V, he explains to his landing party they
must retrieve it as per the Prime Directive. He goes on to
state, "Not that Commander Spock ever needs to know about
this..." On page 19, notice that Sulu has retrieved the
tricorder, but tells Spock that it's his tricorder which was
stolen by a local critter (not Kirk's)...what a loyal
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