Star Trek 1047: Bridges

1047. Bridges

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation #39, DC Comics, November 1992

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

STARDATE: 46253.3 (between Rascals and A Fistful of Datas)

PLOT: The Enterprise comes across an artificial structure as large as a moon and Picard calls Data, Geordi, Worf and Crusher to the bridge. They leave various conversations: Ro was telling Data about a Bajoran story, Geordi was O'Brien's pool partner in a tournament (Troi takes his place), Worf was chiding Alexander for being impolite, and Crusher was welcoming new ops officer Terry Oliver aboard. The three men beam over to the structure and then unknown ships attack. According to Terry, they're the Sztazzan, also responsible for the massacre of her previous crew...

CONTINUITY: Appearances by Mot the Barber (last seen in Schisms) and Alexander (aboard ship since New Ground). Dr. Crusher discusses Wesley's relationship with Robin Lefler (The Game). Terry Oliver's previous assignment was the USS Grissom (The Most Toys, Field of Fire).

DIVERGENCES: Risa is misspelled Raisa. Terry has a red uniform despite being at the ops station (gold), a common problem for colorists on this title.

PANEL OF THE DAY - Picard's Encyclopedia Obvioustica
REVIEW: Cheeky title on this story which acts as a bridge to the next arc and has each character in turn get called to the bridge. Each little story is also a bridge between people, and of course, Ro's story and Beverly's holodeck environment have literal bridges as well. This is sort of like those R&R issues that are completely character driven, but Friedman manages to set it in the moments before the adventure begins. The various bits are of variable quality, with the pool tournament having the best potential for amusement. Terry could be an new interesting character, if she survives the arc. Ro's story doesn't sound like a Bajoran legend, but we'll see if and when it gets finished. And as for Worf and Alexander, well, we've seen this kind of scene before.

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