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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Star Trek: Whom God Destroys (Part 1) "Whom God Destroys" Part 1
Star Trek: Boldly Go
#11 (IDW)
Written by Mike Johnson
Art by Megan Levens
Colors by Marissa Louise
Letters by AndWorld Design
Cover by George Caltsoudas
August 2017


The backstory of the renowned Garth of Izar is told while, in the present, Garth has his sights set on the Endeavour.


Characters appearing in this issue


Garth of Izar


Akeelah (in flashback only)

Captain Kirk

Captain Pike (in flashback only)

Dr. McCoy

Lt. Commander Sulu

Lt. Darwin

Dr. Groffus

Lt. Ellix

Lt. Murcia


Eurydice (actually Garth in disguise)



Didja Know?


This issue does not have an individual title. The second and concluding part of the story in Star Trek: Boldly Go #12 is referred to as the conclusion of "Whom God Destroys" on the IDW web solicitation, so I have gone with that overall title for the two-parter here. This title is also an homage to the original series episode upon which the story is based, "Whom Gods Destroy". The title of the original episode is a slight variation on a line in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1875 poem "The Masque of Pandora", the full line being, "Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad."


Didja Notice?


Page 1 opens "10 years ago", with the U.S.S. Heisenberg, commanded by Captain Garth, orbiting the planet Axanar. Garth's heroic actions at Axanar were part of the backstory of the original series episode "Whom Gods Destroy". Pages 1-3 tells us of that backstory (at least the way it occurred in the Kelvin Timeline). The name of Garth's ship was not revealed in the original episode, but was called U.S.S. Heisenberg in the 2003 novel Garth of Izar. (The 1986 sourcebook The Four Years War for the Star Trek role-playing game published by FASA referred to Garth's ship as U.S.S. Xenophon.)


The uniforms worn by the crew of the Heisenberg appear to be of the same style as those worn by Starfleet personnel on the Kelvin during the events set about 12 years before this in "Rebirth".


It's likely that Garth's first officer on the Heisenberg is Jiang, who is seen to have been promoted to captain of the Heisenberg in "Whom God Destroys" Part 2. The first officer in this issue is not named, but both characters are Asian in appearance and, in "Whom God Destroys" Part 2, Garth congratulates him on his promotion.


The Klingon warship the Heisenberg destroys on page 3 appears to be either a D7 or K't'inga-class, which have the same general design to them. The D7 is the class that appeared in episodes of the original ST series and had a less detailed surface look than the later K't'inga-class that appeared in movies. The ship seen in this issue is not particularly detailed, so possibly is a D7.


On page 4, panel 3, the blue-skinned female cadet in the audience for Garth's speech appears to be an Andorian. What may be another (male) Andorian is seen in panel 5.


The Golden Gate Bridge is seen in the background on pages 5 and 6.


Pages 7-8 tell the story of Captain Garth's accident which left him maimed and in the care of the natives of the planet. This was another part of the backstory of the original series episode "Whom Gods Destroy". The accident is not described with any detail in the episode. Here, we learn it was a transporter accident that left scrambled the molecules of his body, leaving him alive, but badly deformed.


On page 9, Captain Kirk's log states that Endeavour has returned to normal exploration after the events at Babel. The events at Babel were detailed in the two-part "Murder at Babel".


On page 10, Lt. Ellix tells Kirk they've collected some fascinating phytobiological data. Phytobiology is the study of light interactions with living organisms. She also mentions finding some uncanny similarities with the vine-dendrites on Senydra Seven; this is the first mention of Senydra Seven in the ST universe as far as I can tell.


The Endeavour encounters the Spectral, piloted by Thalia, daughter of Eurydice. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise encountered Eurydice and Thalia in the three-part "Eurydice".


On page 19, Garth-as-Kirk beams up to the Endeavour and tells Sulu everything went "easy as Andorian pie." Obviously, this is a play on the English idiom "easy as pie" or "easy as apple pie".


Sulu tells Garth-as-Kirk that they have a resupply mission to Cygnia Minor and then a survey of the Ettlas Nebula. Cygnia Minor is a planet that appeared in the original series episode "The Conscience of the King". The Ettlas Nebula appears to be fictitious and has not been mentioned in Star Trek before.


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