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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

"The Last Conversation"
Star Trek #18 (IDW)
Written by Ryan Parrott
Artist: Claudia Balboni
Cover by Tim Bradstreet


Uhura and Spock share the memory of a personal moment from her past.


Didja Know?


This issue does not have an official title. The title I've used here was inspired by a line of dialog in the story.


Notes from the Star Trek Chronology


This story establishes the beginning of the romantic relationship between Uhura and Spock at Starfleet Academy. The story must take place some time after the events of the Starfleet Academy youth novels, where we saw the hint of an attraction develop between them, (see The Edge, The Delta Anomaly, The Gemini Agent, and The Assassination Game).


Didja Notice?


Page 3 reveals that Uhura has a taste for Rokeg blood pie. This is a Klingon dish seen or mentioned in various episodes of the Next Generation era ST TV series'.


This story reveals that Spock and Uhura have experienced a mind meld together during a Vulcan courting ritual called emafa kito.


For some reason, the image of Uhura has a little girl from page 7, panel 3 is seen on the right-hand edge of page 4, panel 1, except in a red-colored outfit instead of blue. Some kind of a misprint?


Page 5 reveals that Uhura has an Uncle Raheem. Was he the husband of Aunt Uhnu, mentioned in The Delta Anomaly?


On page 7, Raheem announces the shuttle was damaged by a meteorite. He probably should use the term "meteor" instead because "meteorite" is technically a term reserved only for meteors that survive impact with a planet. 


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