Star Trek 1016: Prisoners of the Ferengi

1016. Prisoners of the Ferengi

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation #15, DC Comics, January 1991

CREATORS: Michael Jan Friedman (writer), Pablo Marcos (artist)

STARDATE: Unknown (follows the last issue)

PLOT: After Riker and Geordi fail to check in, Worf gets suspicious and organizes a search party. The two make their escape from the Ferengi and sneak into their illegal mining facility where they are attacked once again, but the Enterprise has spotted the facility and informed Worf and Data. Coming together, the crew manages to do a lot of damage and arrest the Ferengi just in time for Picard's own shore leave.

CONTINUITY: As last issue.

DIVERGENCES: As last issue.

PANEL OF THE DAY - Bat vs. Rat
REVIEW: Another good example of this series' fine balance between tv show-style character moments and comic book action. Geordi has never been so cool as Riker's sidekick, the two of them getting out of their predicaments with cleverness and guts, and those Starfleet sleds would have been really cool on screen. Crusher has a scene where she tells a couple they're pregnant, and hopefully that pays off in some way, as could Data's "romancing" an Ensign Garner (even if it would contradict In Theory). These scenes are all well enough written, but I'd hate for them to just be irrelevant filler.


LiamKav said...

I don't know if it was the writer or artists idea, but I actually quite liked that the season 1 Ferengi uniform was for the grunts, but the season 2 "Peak Performance" onwards uniform was for the senior officers. It was one way of trying to balance the threatening side of the Ferengi with the capitalist side.

Granted, it also helped that Marcos drew them all as rather larger that TV Ferengi and pumped full of steriods.


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