Star Trek 1215: Repercussions

1215. Repercussions

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: Voyager #3, Marvel Comics, January 1997

CREATORS: Laurie S. Sutton (writer), Jesus Redondo and Sergio Melia (artists)

STARDATE: Unknown (follows the last issue)

PLOT: The Talaxians working for the Trabe take Chakotay and B'Elanna hostage, but Tuvok manages to head them off at the pass. They don't stay in the brig for long, however, when the gel packs malfunction due to the ion radiation and things go screwy with the ship, including the EMH and the holodeck. The Trabe choose this moment to attack, but the gel packs are soon cured and Voyager routes the Trabe and take the Talaxians prisoner again.

CONTINUITY: See previous issue (Trabe). The holodeck has merged the Jane Eyre (Cathexis, Persistence of Vision) and Beowulf (Heroes and Demons) holo-novels.

DIVERGENCES: Also the title of a DC Comics TOS story.

PANEL OF THE DAY - Your technobabble dollars at work.
REVIEW: Wow. Sutton has managed to fit how many Voyager tropes into these three issues? Too many. We've had a spacetime anomaly, recurring aliens even though the ship is supposed to be moving away from that part of the quadrant, and technobabble technobabble technobabble. In issue 3, she throws in holodeck malfunctions and entire ship malfunctions, with the former causing a rather dull interlude with the Beowulf Doctor. The Talaxians are a big threat, then they suddenly aren't, then they are but offstage, and then they're captured again offstage. The issue just doesn't know where to focus, and Sutton's florid narration acts as a kind of literary babble that gives the reader really no respite from the bla bla bla. The next issue is not by Sutton (yay), but by Weinstein (groan).

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