This two-part story is based on the televised episode of the
same name from the original Star Trek TV series.
On page 3 is the first reference to the Prime Directive seen
in the stories of the rebooted Star Trek universe.
This issue gives us a close look at
the primitive natives of Taurus II.
The ape-like beings seen here are
less caveman-looking and more
ape-like than the ones presented in
the original episode. We also see
here that they have double rows of
primitives of Taurus II
||Double rows of
primitive from original episode
On page 11, Kirk tells Commissioner Ferris that he's turning
the Enterprise around and heading back to Makus III
to find the AWOL Lt. Uhura. But he really means Taurus II;
Makus III is the planet Ferris wants them to head
towards, in order to deliver much-needed medical supplies.
It seems odd that, on page 14, Spock has placed Yeoman Rand
at the copilot's seat of the shuttlecraft instead of
himself, as he was when they began their mission. Does she
have some particular qualifications as a shuttlecraft pilot?
When the shuttlecraft is found to be too heavy to leave Taurus II, Dr. McCoy volunteers to stay behind, claiming
he's best able to keep himself alive for as long as he can.
Is this just a reference to his medical skills that would
allow him to treat himself if he were injured? It seems to
me Spock would be best able to survive on his own due
to his Vulcan strength and computer-like mind.
In this story, Lt. Gaetano survives the adventure. In the
original episode, he is killed by the primitives.
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