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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Star Trek: The Rescue "The Rescue"
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #5
Written by: Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrot
Art by: Derek Charm
Letters by: Andworld Design
Cover by: Derek Charm
April 2016


T'Laan's team comes to the aid of the Slayton, lost in space a century ago.


Story Summary


The appearance of the cadet ship ends the mutiny on the Slayton, and the two crews formulate a plan to return to normal space by blowing up the warp core of the cadet ship so the Slayton can ride the propulsion wave out of the temporal anomaly. The attempt is successful and the cadet team is awarded the highest honor any cadets have ever received.


T'Laan decides to remain at Starfleet Academy rather than transfer to New Vulcan. Shortly after reaching her decision, she is contacted by Lt. Uhura from the Enterprise who eagerly wants to learn the whole story of how T'Laan and her friends solved the mystery of the Slayton, first touched upon by Uhura as a cadet a few years before.




Notes from the Star Trek chronology


This issue takes place in two different time periods, the year 2258, during Uhura's fourth year in Starfleet Academy and in 2261 with a previously unseen crop of cadets.


Characters appearing in this issue


Cadet Lucia Gonzales

Captain Hendricks

Hyun Yan

Chief Engineer Jack Somers

Commander Juliet Bashir

Cadet T'Laan

Cadet Vel K'Bentayr

Cadet Shev

Cadet Chen


Professor Trumble

Cadet Cory (mentioned only)

Cadet Sears (mentioned only)

Lt. Uhura




Didja Know?


The issues of this series did not have individual issue titles. I assigned "The Rescue" as the title of this issue due to the rescue of the long-lost Slayton that occurs here.


Didja Notice?


On page 10, the compression wave generated by the explosion of the cadet ship's warp core strikes the Slayton's shields with two hundred teratons of force. A teraton is the equivalent force of one trillion tons of TNT.


The USS Wilson that rendezvous with the Slayton is a previously unknown starship of the fleet. Its class is also unknown.

USS Wilson


For the discovery and rescue of the Slayton, T'Laan's team are awarded medals of the "highest honor any cadet has ever received." But the medal is not named!


On page 16, Lucia tells Shev he has the social skills of a Khonodian Wertz Hound. This appears to be the first mention of such a creature.


On page 18, T'Laan apologizes to Professor Trumble for being late, as Cadets Cory and Sears were teaching her the rudiments of an archaic Earth game called ultimate frisbee. Ultimate frisbee is a sport popular on college campuses in the United States since the 1960s, later spreading to other countries as well. The sport is a sort of combination of basketball, football, and soccer, played with a frisbee instead of a ball.


Page 19 implies that Cadet Chen is from Taiwan. It also implies that Lucia's family lives in Columbia, though her Cadet File entry in Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #4 stated that Barcelona, Spain was her home city.


In panel 1 of page 19, notice that T'Laan's recently-won medal is sitting on a shelf in her room in the background.


Page 19 reveals that Shev and Vel are using their time off to take a road trip to Los Angeles.


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