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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Star Trek: Manifest Destiny (Part 4) "Manifest Destiny" Part 4
Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #4
Written by: Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrot
Art by: Angel Hernandez
Colors by: Mark Roberts and Adam Guzowski
Letters by: Andworld Design
Cover by: Angel Hernandez
May 2016


Kirk's showdown with Sho'Tokh.


Story Summary


Subcommander Divash begins her attack against the Enterprise, now under the command of Commander Sho'Tokh. Sho'Tokh is enraged at her betrayal. Sulu provides her with a way to cripple the Enterprise so as not to destroy it and the crew.


Meanwhile, Spock comes to the rescue of the captured Kirk and the rest, freeing them. Kirk plays a bluff that he's breached the warp core and is going to blow up the Enterprise to keep it out of Sho'Tokh's hands. Sho'Tokh and a couple of his loyal men take a shuttlecraft to escape, but Kirk is hiding in the back and stuns the two followers and then finds himself in a knife battle with Sho'Tokh. Kirk finally knocks him out and the zealous commander and his followers are turned over to Divash to be returned to Kronos for discipline by the high command.


The Enterprise crew mourns the loss of a number of crewmembers, including Lt. Kai, at a burial in space.




Characters appearing in this issue


Commander Sho'Tokh

Captain Kirk


Subcommander Divash

Grelm (deceased, mentioned only)

Dr. McCoy

Lt. Uhura

Lt. Zahra

Lt. Keenser

Lt. Chekov

Mr. Spock


Lt. Sulu

Slattery (deceased, mentioned only)

Lt. Kai (deceased, mentioned only)




Didja Know?


Star Trek: Manifest Destiny was a 4-issue mini-series published by IDW.


Didja Notice?


Sho'Tokh says he was rejected from his own house as a baby and raised himself in the battle-slums of the capital. The capital of the Klingon Empire is First City on Kronos.


On pages 4 and 5, Sho'Tokh calls Divash a dishonorable lingta' and a forshak. The lingta' is an animal native to Kronos; they are known to be used as food by the Klingons. Forshak is a foul-smelling substance, as witnessed by Worf's exclamation in the ST: DS9 episode "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places", that his fellow Klingon, Thopok, said smelled like a pile of rotting forshak.


On page 5, Sho'Tokh shouts, "Baqa'!" as he kicks over the captain's chair on the Enterprise bridge in anger over Divash's betrayal. Baqa' seems to be a Klingon swear word; Captain Picard used it with his Klingon allies in the ST: TNG episode "The Mind's Eye".


On page 13, Kirk tells Scotty he doesn't want to be the first Starfleet captain to blow up his own ship. Ironically, in the original timeline, Kirk did blow up the Enterprise in the 1984 film, Star Trek: The Search for Spock.


Unanswered Questions


At the beginning of the issue, Sho'Tokh claims that he was rejected from his own house as a freak when he was a baby. Why was he considered a freak? The only thing I can see in the art is that he is colored with more pale skin than the average Klingon.


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