1441. Assimilation2 Part 4
PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #4, IDW Comics, August 2012
CREATORS: Scott and David Tipton, with Tony Lee (writers), J.K. Woodward (artist)
STARDATE: Unknown (follows previous issue).
PLOT: When the Enterprise comes out of hiding, they find the Cybermen have betrayed and attacked the Borg.
CONTINUITY: See previous issues (Guinan, Borg, Cybermen, Delta IV). The Borg call Picard Locutus (The Best of Both Worlds, etc.).
PANEL OF THE DAY - Don't we all?
REVIEW: Registering profound disappointment. It's just one briefing after another, isn't it? They talk about the situation with Guinan in the conference room. Then they talk about what might have happened between the Cybermen and Borg down on a planet. And then again in Sickbay. A lot of the information is repeated and there's no real action. Worse, the idea that the Cybermen can defeat the Borg so soundly seems ridiculous. Poetically, the Borg are derivative of the Cybermen and totally deserve it. But even though Who trumps Trek in my book, even I can't believe the Cybermen are the more powerful alien cyborg. It all comes down to the type of shows Who and Trek are. In Trek, we have peak humanity, highly evolved socially and technologically, working as a large crew on a powerful ship. Their opponents have to be super-powerful. Doctor Who is about amateurs saving the universe in a broken down time machine using jammy dodgers and fast talk. That's why Whovian enemies have an "Aw bless!" quality and can be defeated by throwing a coat over them or scraping a badge for mathematical excellence into their chest units. And the Cybermen aren't even the Doctor's GREATEST enemy! So the revelation that they've backstabbed the Borg only serves to undo the fearsome alliance presented in the first three issues, and introduce that old nugget about the Borg asking a Starfleet captain for help. At no point does this issue achieve the whimsical humor that's become Doctor Who's trademark, nor the pithy human moments both shows are known for. And the painted art continues to throw out poor and inconsistent likenesses. This whole series will likely turn out to be a wasted opportunity.