Star Trek 1099: Artificiality

1099. Artificiality

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation #79, DC Comics, January 1996

CREATORS: Michael Jan Friedman (writer), Gordon Purcell and Terry Pallot (artists)

STARDATE: Unknown (follows the last issue)

PLOT: At a crew member's funeral, Picard says something to the effect that the entire crew can't be indestructible androids and Q takes it as his cue to turn everyone on the ship into Soong-type androids. Data is soon having misgivings as his friends lose their empathy, attachments, imagination and even their ability to make decisions. The crew tries to help a colony hit by a fatal virus, but a cold Dr. Crusher soon comes to the conclusion that they can't be helped...

CONTINUITY: Q last appeared in All Good Things... Picard mentions the time he transformed the crew into Klingons (issue #33). As an android, he struggles with interpreting the warp 5 limit (Force of Nature). Worf is seen throwing away a number of objects, including the trophy he won in Parallels. The comic features the first chronological appearance of the stellar cartography room from Generations. Picard tries to have Soong's emotion chip installed (Descent, Generations).


PANEL OF THE DAY - Android dogs!
REVIEW: A lot of writers have attempted the "Data explores his humanity" story, but I think this is the first time the other characters have had the opportunity to explore their inner androids. Though these magical Q tales aren't really to my tastes, they can make good comics. In this case, Friedman does allow each character a moment to individualize their android self. Geordi starts working on himself to find the missing part (existentialism really is part of being an android, it's not just Data). Riker evaluates himself superior. Troi can detect emotions still, but cannot interpret them. Worf has lost the concept of honor. And so on. The B-story about the virus is set dressing at this point however.



Blog Archive


5 Things to Like Activities Advice Alien Nation Aliens Say the Darndest Things Alpha Flight Amalgam Ambush Bug Animal Man anime Aquaman Archetypes Archie Heroes Arrowed Asterix Atom Avengers Awards Babylon 5 Batman Battle Shovel Battlestar Galactica Black Canary BnB 2-in1 Books Booster Gold Buffy Canada Captain America Captain Marvel Cat CCGs Charlton Circles of Hell Class Comics Comics Code Approved Conan Contest Cooking Crisis Daredevil Dating Kara Zor-El Dating Lois Lane Dating Lucy Lane Dating Princess Diana DCAU Deadman Dial H Dice Dinosaur Island Dinosaurs Director Profiles Doctor Who Doom Patrol Down the Rabbit Hole Dr. Strange Encyclopedia Fantastic Four Fashion Nightmares Fiasco Films Within Films Flash Flushpoint Foldees French Friday Night Fights Fun with Covers FW Team-Up Galleries Game design Gaming Geekly roundup Geeks Anonymous Geekwear Gimme That Star Trek Godzilla Golden Age Grant Morrison Great Match-Ups of Science Fiction Green Arrow Green Lantern Hawkman Hero Points Podcast Holidays House of Mystery Hulk Human Target Improv Inspiration Intersect Invasion Invasion Podcast Iron Man Jack Kirby Jimmy Olsen JLA JSA Judge Dredd K9 the Series Kirby Motivationals Krypto Kung Fu Learning to Fly Legion Letters pages Liveblog Lonely Hearts Podcast Lord of the Rings Machine Man Motivationals Man-Thing Marquee Masters of the Universe Memes Memorable Moments Metal Men Metamorpho Micronauts Millennium Mini-Comics Monday Morning Macking Movies Mr. Terrific Music Nelvana of the Northern Lights Nightmare Fuel Number Ones Obituaries oHOTmu OR NOT? Old52 One Panel Outsiders Panels from Sheena Paper Dolls Play Podcast Polls Questionable Fridays Radio Rants Reaganocomics Recollected Red Bee Red Tornado Reign Retro-Comics Reviews Rom RPGs Sandman Sapphire & Steel Sarah Jane Adventures Saturday Morning Cartoons SBG for Girls Seasons of DWAITAS Secret Origins Podcast Secret Wars SF Shut Up Star Boy Silver Age Siskoid as Editor Siskoid's Mailbox Space 1999 Spectre Spider-Man Spring Cleaning ST non-fiction ST novels: DS9 ST novels: S.C.E. ST novels: The Shat ST novels: TNG ST novels: TOS Star Trek Streaky Suicide Squad Supergirl Superman Supershill Swamp Thing Tales from Earth-Prime Team Horrible Teen Titans That Franchise I Never Talk About The Orville The Prisoner The Thing Then and Now Theory Thor Thursdays of Two Worlds Time Capsule Timeslip Tintin Torchwood Tourist Traps of the Forgotten Realms Toys Turnarounds TV V Waking Life Warehouse 13 Websites What If? Who's This? Whoniverse-B Wikileaked Wonder Woman X-Files X-Men Zero Hour Strikes Zine