Star Trek 1033: The Remembered One

1033. The Remembered One

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation #28, DC Comics, February 1992

CREATORS: Michael Jan Friedman (writer), Peter Krause and Pablo Marcos (artists)

STARDATE: Unknown (follows the last issue)

PLOT: As Worf reflects on K'Ehleyr's death, everyone aboard the ship is frozen in time. Worf then meets K'Ehleyr, actually an alien being who lives but one day (but has a racial memory that is passed on to its species) and has decided to spend it exploring a relationship with Worf. To power its tricks, it brings the ship too close to a pulsar it's been studying, and Worf convinces the alien that K'Ehleyr would have sacrificed herself to save others. Lesson learned, it leaves and saves the ship, dying but spreading that lesson throughout its race.

CONTINUITY: It's the anniversary of K'Ehleyr's death (Reunion). There are appearances by Okona (The Outrageous Okona) and Ensign Ro (Ensign Ro).

DIVERGENCES: How can Ensign Ro be aboard (in a gold uniform, no less) if this issue follows straight from a Season 4 story?

PANEL OF THE DAY - Taking Worf for granted.
REVIEW: Though these kinds of alien stories have been overdone, Worf dealing with K'Ehleyr's death gives this one just enough resonance. And when he lunges at the alien at the end and steals a bite (or Klingon kiss), it's a strong moment. There's too much verbiage at times, and the alien never feels like Suzie Plakson's K'Ehleyr, but there's enough here with Worf to make this better than average. Okona is still aboard, and as usual, his scene falls flat. Deciding not to date Dr. Crusher because he's friends with Wesley doesn't ring true, especially since she never agreed to have a date with him. This series is due for a longer story arc.


LiamKav said...

Picard being in his grey jacket would also put the issue in season 5, although we could be generous and say that he always had it but just conveniently never wore it on camera until "Darmok".

De said...

The plot of the TNG episode "Imaginary Friend" seems somewhat similar to this issue.


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