Star Trek 761: The Final Truth

761. The Final Truth

PUBLICATION: Star Trek #31, Gold Key Comics, July 1975

CREATORS: Unknown (writer), Alberto Giolitti (artist)

STARDATE: 20:10.7 - Follows issue #26 (Season 3).

PLOT: Spock attends the ceremonies for Quodar's entry into the Federation, but Kirk doesn't make it in time because his shuttle ferrying the a cat-like admiral crashes on a neighboring planet. Problem is, the inhabitants of that world kicked out all ambassadors some time ago and told the peaceful Quodar they would attack if their territory was violated. As Spock tries to get permission for a rescue, Kirk and his shuttle party are captured and put to work by the religious folk who toil for "the life within", protected by robot guards. Spock slips in to meet Quodar's queen who is in fact Vulcan, the daughter of the former ambassador. But her logic doesn't really move him and he steams a shuttle. Turns out Kirk didn't need his help as he and his crew escape their masters, fight their way back into the alien city and get answers from their leader. The life within is a cosmic egg found at the center of the planet, anyone who encounters it is either absorbed or has his mind opened to the Truth - which happens to the volatile cat-like Tailen Kahn (no relation) - and they feel it must be protected at all costs. Kirk convinces them Starfleet can be trusted to do this and they let him go.

CONTINUITY: The featured planet is strategically important to the Klingons, though they don't appear.

DIVERGENCES: Chekov has lost his Russian accent. Though Manning makes a return appearance (he was in #26), he's no longer bald. Nurse Chapel shows training in advanced computronics AND robot-fighting karate (Uhura too!).

PANEL OF THE DAY - Luthor makes a threat!
REVIEW: A rather ambitious story, trying to juggling many pieces, including some political, esoteric and zen-like stuff. Just check out the introductory caption (is that someone's log?).
For action fans, there's ninja Uhura and Chapel Robot Fighter. Nice to see the girls be the best fighters (Spock's martial prowess is all in the hand slapping) even if it contradicts the show. Does it succeed? Not on all fronts. It's a bit too talky at times, and there's hardly an resolution beyond Kirk's philosophizing. It works, but since there's no follow-up to the egg story, it falls limp.

0 comments:

 

Blog Archive

Category

5 Things to Like (21) Activities (23) Advice (70) Alien Nation (33) Aliens Say the Darndest Things (8) Alpha Flight (21) Amalgam (53) Ambush Bug (46) Animal Man (17) anime (50) Aquaman (69) Archetypes (14) Archie Heroes (10) Arrowed (20) Asterix (9) Atom (29) Avengers (56) Awards (33) Babylon 5 (139) Batman (670) Battle Shovel (13) Battlestar Galactica (121) Black Canary (21) BnB 2-in1 (40) Books (59) Booster Gold (16) Buffy (6) Canada (68) Captain America (67) Captain Marvel (50) Cat (156) CCGs (27) Charlton (11) Circles of Hell (6) Class (11) Comics (3890) Comics Code Approved (12) Conan (15) Contest (13) Cooking (15) Crisis (77) Daredevil (33) Dating Kara Zor-El (5) Dating Lois Lane (23) Dating Lucy Lane (13) Dating Princess Diana (11) DCAU (404) Deadman (9) Dial H (127) Dice (10) Dinosaur Island (16) Dinosaurs (65) Director Profiles (9) Doctor Who (1661) Doom Patrol (20) Down the Rabbit Hole (7) Dr. Strange (17) Encyclopedia (28) Fantastic Four (54) Fashion Nightmares (19) Fiasco (14) Films Within Films (6) Flash (78) Flushpoint (86) Foldees (12) French (49) Friday Night Fights (57) Fun with Covers (56) FW Team-Up (37) Galleries (9) Game design (25) Gaming (111) Geekly roundup (741) Geeks Anonymous (45) Geekwear (13) Gimme That Star Trek (55) Godzilla (52) Golden Age (408) Grant Morrison (74) Great Match-Ups of Science Fiction (8) Green Arrow (47) Green Lantern (82) Hawkman (36) Hero Points Podcast (13) Holidays (238) House of Mystery (15) Hulk (44) Human Target (7) Improv (30) Inspiration (45) Intersect (5) Invasion Podcast (44) Iron Man (49) Jack Kirby (83) Jimmy Olsen (74) JLA (90) JSA (22) K9 the Series (30) Kirby Motivationals (18) Krypto (202) Kung Fu (96) Learning to Fly (10) Legion (123) Letters pages (5) Liveblog (11) Lonely Hearts Podcast (20) Lord of the Rings (17) Machine Man Motivationals (9) Man-Thing (3) Marquee (88) Masters of the Universe (8) Memes (38) Memorable Moments (28) Metal Men (4) Metamorpho (64) Micronauts (1) Millennium (71) Mini-Comics (2) Monday Morning Macking (6) Movies (450) Mr. Terrific (3) Music (71) Nelvana of the Northern Lights (8) Nightmare Fuel (21) Number Ones (59) Obituaries (40) oHOTmu OR NOT? (70) Old52 (11) One Panel (269) Outsiders (163) Panels from Sheena (5) Paper Dolls (6) Play (73) Podcast (451) Polls (5) Questionable Fridays (13) Radio (18) Rants (20) Reaganocomics (8) Recollected (11) Red Bee (26) Red Tornado (10) Reign (563) Retro-Comics (3) Reviews (52) Rom (116) RPGs (534) Sandman (19) Sapphire & Steel (37) Sarah Jane Adventures (67) Saturday Morning Cartoons (5) SBG for Girls (4) Seasons of DWAITAS (100) Secret Origins Podcast (8) Secret Wars (25) SF (29) Shut Up Star Boy (1) Silver Age (364) Siskoid as Editor (32) Siskoid's Mailbox (10) Space 1999 (51) Spectre (19) Spider-Man (99) Spring Cleaning (15) ST non-fiction (19) ST novels: DS9 (8) ST novels: S.C.E. (19) ST novels: The Shat (2) ST novels: TNG (9) ST novels: TOS (11) Star Trek (1683) Streaky (2) Suicide Squad (35) Supergirl (88) Superman (1052) Supershill (11) Swamp Thing (21) Tales from Earth-Prime (7) Team Horrible (4) Teen Titans (80) That Franchise I Never Talk About (53) The Orville (29) The Prisoner (5) The Thing (54) Then and Now (4) Theory (50) Thor (52) Thursdays of Two Worlds (43) Time Capsule (8) Timeslip (7) Tintin (23) Torchwood (61) Tourist Traps of the Forgotten Realms (5) Toys (63) Turnarounds (7) TV (192) V (6) Waking Life (1) Warehouse 13 (8) Websites (102) What If? (103) Who's This? (182) Whoniverse-B (11) Wikileaked (3) Wonder Woman (80) X-Files (245) X-Men (98) Zero Hour Strikes (20) Zine (5)