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Star Trek: Parallel Lives (Part 1) "Parallel Lives" Part 1
Star Trek #29 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Roberto Orci
Art: Yasmin Liang
Cover by: Cat Staggs

 

Starfleet sends the Enterprise to investigate a space-time anomaly in the Campor system.

 

Read the story summary at Memory Beta

 

Didja Notice?

 

This issue begins on stardate 2261.274.

 

On page 4, panel 5, Captain Jane Kirk gives a Vulcan salute to the child alien on Kassen Five as she and the landing party beam back to the Enterprise.

 

Ensign Pavel Chekov's female counterpart in the parallel universe is Lt. Pavlovna Chekov. Somehow, she has achieved a higher rank at this point than Pavel! Her first name of Pavlovna is simply the female version of Pavel in the Russian language. "Pavel" means "little".

 

Lt. Hikaru Sulu's female counterpart in the parallel universe is called Lt. Hikari Sulu. "Hikari" is Japanese for "light". Similarly, "Hikaru" means "to shine".

 

On page 7, Lt. Nyota Uhura's male counterpart in the parallel universe is called Lt. Nnamdi Uhuro. "Nnamdi" may be a Nigerian name from the Igbo people, meaning "my father lives on". "Uhuro" is intended as a more masculine version of "Uhura", with "uhuru" meaning "freedom" in Swahili.

 

Admiral Thomas sends the Enterprise to the Campor system to investigate a space anomaly. Possibly, the Campor system is the home system of Campor III, a Federation colony founded in 2371 in the original timeline, as seen in the ST-DS9 episode "Defiant".

 

In this issue, we see Kirk's ready room for the first time, albeit only in the parallel universe of Captain Jane Kirk. According to some expanded universe stories set in the original timeline, Constitution-class ships (like Enterprise) did not have a captain's ready room.

 

Dr. Leonard McCoy's female counterpart in the parallel universe is called Dr. Lea McCoy.

 

On page 12, we see that Nurse Christine Chapel's male counterpart in the parallel universe is called Nurse Chris Chapel and that he is still on the Enterprise. In the "mainstream" universe, Christine Chapel was stated to have has transferred to the outer frontier in Into Darkness.

 

Dr. Carol Marcus' male counterpart in the parallel universe is called Dr. Carl Marcus.

 

Keenser's female counterpart in the parallel universe is called Lt. Keensera. In the "mainstream" universe, Keenser's rank was not revealed until "The Tholian Webs" Part 2.

 

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