Star Trek 1363: Countdown, Number Two

1363. Countdown, Number Two

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: Countdown #2, IDW Comics, February 2009

CREATORS: Tim Jones and Mike Johnson (writers), David Messina (artist)

STARDATE: 64390.1 (follows the last issue)

PLOT: Captain Data of the Enterprise-E stops the Remans attacking Nero's ship and impounds their decalithium. Together, they head to Vulcan to ask the Science Council to help them make red matter from it. On the trip, Nero studies Federation history, one of the few subjects accessible to him on the Enterprise computer. He learns of Kirk. Though Vulcan isn't receptive, Ambassador Picard has oiled diplomatic gears to get them an audience. The Council refuses to give a potential weapon to the Romulans, and though Spock swears to create the red matter by himself, Nero leaves bitter and angry. He hopes to get home to get his family off-world, but arrives just in time to see Romulus destroyed by the Hobus nova...

CONTINUITY: See previous issue. Data's memory engrams were successfully imprinted on B-4's neural net (Nemesis). Picard is now Federation ambassador to Vulcan.

DIVERGENCES: Though it's possible enough time has passed for sweeping changes in the way Vulcan works thanks to Spock's unification efforts, it is still odd for such an ancient society to suddenly have a Senate and a Praetor like their Romulan cousins.

PANEL OF THE DAY - At some point in the future, one of my favorite websites goes pay-per-view.
REVIEW: There's less technobabble this time around, with the nova's shockwave more explicitly referred to as the threat to Romulus, as opposed to some strange expansive properties of the star. However, Vulcan has gone through a strange political makeover which puzzled me. It's like they arrive at Romulus instead of Vulcan. But that aside, it's a good issue. The writers don't dwell too much on the details of this "8-years-from-now" future, introducing characters naturally and with a minimum of background. It keeps the focus on Nero and Spock, characters from the upcoming film, rather than making it all about this "alternate future". Picard taking an ambassadorship has been foreseen a number of time, and Vulcan seems a good world for someone who's shared Sarek's mind. As for Nero, we see here where he gets his information about Kirk, his grudge against Vulcan and of course, the enormous burden of having survived his race (and family). We knew it had to happen. I'm actually surprised that it happened so soon in the mini-series.



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 Orville 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 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