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"The Truth About Tribbles" Part 1
Star Trek #11 (IDW)
Writer: Mike Johnson
Inspired by the original teleplay "The Trouble With Tribbles" by David Gerrold
Artist: Claudia Balboni
Cover by Tim Bradstreet

 

An exploratory mission to the Iota Germinorum system brings the Enterprise to the homeworld of the tribbles.

 

Read the full story summary of this issue at Memory Beta

 

Didja Know?

 

Unlike previous adaptations of original series episodes in this series, this two-part story was inspired by, not based on, the original series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles" and is thus a significantly different story.

 

Didja Notice?  

 

The cover of this issue is an homage to a scene from the original series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles", though no similar scene occurs in this issue.
Cover of Star Trek #11 From "The Trouble With Tribbles"

 

Page 1 is a flashback to a previously unseen moment on the snowbound world of Delta Vega from "The Vengeance of Nero".

 

In the flashback, Scotty tells Spock-Prime that he obtained his pet (a tribble, though he doesn't know that's what the creature is called) from a trader named Jones. This would be Cyrano Jones, the trader who brought the tribbles aboard Deep Space Station K-7 in the original series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles".

 

Scotty remarks that he's been meaning to send the tribble to his nephew at the Academy. His nephew, Chris, is seen helping his uncle with a transporter experiment on pages 2-3. "The Truth About Tribbles" Part 2 reveals that Chris' last name is Scott. Scotty also has another nephew named Peter Preston, seen in the original timeline in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.

 

Presumably, the tribble Scotty beams to his nephew is the same one he had on Delta Vega.

 

It's awfully coincidental that the Enterprise happens to run across the homeworld of the tribbles at the same time that Scotty has chosen to beam his pet tribble to Earth in a transwarp beaming experiment.

 

On page 2, panel 2, the text on the transporter shield reads, in part, "Don't Touch, Beware, Various Text." The "various text" line may have been left in accidentally from writer's instructions or, possibly, as a joke.

 

The captain's log on page 4 informs us that the stardate is 2259.155.

 

The Enterprise is on an exploratory mission to the Iota Germinorum system, where the crew pays a visit to the unexplored world of Iota Germinorum IV, the apparent homeworld of the tribbles. "Iota Germinorum" seems to be a misspelling of Iota Geminorum, the homeworld of the tribbles as mentioned in various Star Trek sources set within the original timeline.

 

Throughout the bridge scenes, notice that artist Claudia Balboni uses lens flare effects in her panels in the same manner JJ Abrams did in the Star Trek movie.

 

On page 5, panel 4, the artist has mistakenly placed Scotty's legs in front of the protruding hologram projector (or whatever it is) on Sulu's navigation console even though he's standing far behind them, next to the captain's chair.

 

On page 9, panel 5, Kirk's dialog seems to have mistakenly been given to Chekov.

 

There is a small ring-and-pin like structure on the right-side chest of the environment suits worn by the four landing party members. But the structure is missing from some of them at different times throughout the story.

 

On page 17, panel 2, Kirk's dialog has been mistakenly given to Spock.

 

The last page of the story is a shot of buildings and grounds in or near Starfleet Academy in San Francisco, covered with tribbles.

 

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