81: Set the Cloaking Device to Flicker

Romulans: Schism

What started as a simple Romulan entry in IDW’s Alien Spotlight series led to one of the most epic Star Trek comic storylines. With direct ties to one of the great onscreen mysteries—the sharing of ship designs by the Romulans and the Klingons—John Byrne’s yarn enriches the Star Trek universe, delivers engaging storytelling, and wraps it all in great art.

In this episode of Literary Treks, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones conclude their journey that began with Alien Spotlight: Romulans and continued with The Hollow Crown. Now, in Schism, we follow the endgame of the Klingon attempt to bypass the Organian Treaty by using the Romulans to fight a proxy war with the Federation… and get sexy along the way.

In our news segment we review the John Byrne New Visions comic that includes two stories: Robot and Cry Vengeance!

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

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News

Review: John Byrne’s Cry Vengeance! (2:14)

Review: John Byrne’s Robot (17:21)

 

Feature: Romulans: Schism

Issue 1 (31:27)

Issue 2 (49:18)

Issue 3 (57:30)

Closing (1:08:41)

 

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 6:12pm MST

76: Praetor’s Gonna Be Your New Daddy!

Romulans: The Hollow Crown.

In Alien Spotlight: Romulans, John Byrne explored the aftermath of the events seen in the TOS episode "Balance of Terror." It was an interesting take, but it left us wanting more. Later that year (2008), Byrne expanded the tale with The Hollow Crown. This two-parter continues the story of the Klingon-Romulan alliance, which explains, among other things, why Klingon ship designs are used by Romulans later in The Original Series. But this isn't all that's covered and political intrigue runs rampant.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss The Hollow Crown, how the Klingons take an uncharacteristic approach to achieve their goals, why it may be an insult on Romulus to be called a son of a friend, and why Byrne's story is amongst the best you'll find in Star Trek comics.

In our news segment we judge Greg Cox's Foul Deeds Will Rise by its cover, find out about a campaign to get the British Star Trek newspaper strips restored, field a listener question about the DS9 relaunch series and Unity, and help Chris recover from Slings and Arrows Amnesia.

 

Hosts

Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Chapters

 

News

Judge a Book By Its Cover: Foul Deeds Will Rise (2:49)

Chris's Slings and Arrows Amnesia (10:02)

British Star Trek Comic Strips Campaign (11:19)

Listener Feedback: Unity (17:40)

Sponsor: Audible (20:39)

Support Trek.fm on Patreon (23:17)

 

Feature: Romulans:  The Hollow Crown

Initial Thoughts (24:08)

That Crazy Praetor (28:51)

You Little Son of a Friend! (38:27)

Heading Home to Romulus (45:34)

Taking Down the Praetor, Or the Kiss of Death (50:37)

Final Thoughts (1:05:05)

Closing (1:09:14)

 

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 3:49am MST

72: Deanna's Flaming Dragon Punch

Intelligence Gathering, Part 2.

On the timeline of The Next Generation, "The Next Phase" took place on Stardate 45892.4 and "The Inner Light" on 45944.1. So what happened during the days and weeks in between? As we learned in the first part of Intelligence Gathering, there's another dam story to be told. But not all of it takes place at an actual dam. Once that labor dispute was put to rest, the Enterprise headed off on yet another unexpected journey that turned out to be part of a very convoluted whole.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue our walk through Scott & David Tipton's five-part series to learn why you should always listen to a seasoned old engineer, avoid kickboxing with Ro, seek out Riker if you've fallen under mind control, and why Romulans really need to work on their communication skills.

In our news segment we judge David Mack's upcoming Section 31 novel Disavowed by its cover, get an update on the future of Star Trek: Seekers, and learn that a sequel to From History's Shadow may be on the way. We also dig into more comics as we review both the second part of IDW's The Q Gambit and John Byrne's latest New Visions photo comic, "Time's Echo."

 

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News

First look at the cover of David Mack's Section 31: Disavowed (6:07)

Star Trek: Seekers confirmed for two more books (10:21)

Dayton Ward says a sequel to From History's Shadow in the works (11:45)

Comic Review: The Q Gambit, Part 2 (14:09)

Comic Review: New Visions "Time's Echo" (25:14)

Preston Neal Jones talks to Dan Gunther about Return to Tomorrow (32:48)

 

Feature: Intelligence Gathering, Part 2

Previously on Star Trek: The Next Generation (37:53)

That's No Moon… It's Spacedock! (39:23)

Geordi and O'Brien Meet an Olde Tyme Engineer (42:51)

Rockin' Over to the USS Jackson (44:59)

Pestering Possessed Pakleds (53:50)

Sweet Talking Deanna (57:40)

Those Mysterious, Obvious Romulans (1:01:33)

Gateway to Hell (1:07:16)

Closing (1:15:20)

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:06am MST

71: Another Dam Mission

Intelligence Gathering, Part 1.

While each season gave us a glimpse at numerous missions of the Enterprise-D, there were no doubt many more eventful days for the crew that we never heard about. Set between the fifth-season episodes "The Next Phase" and "The Inner Light," IDW's Intelligence Gathering fills in some of the blanks from mid-to-late TNG. Penned by the writing duo of Scott & David Tipton with art by David Messina, these five issues show us an untold entanglement between the Enterprise and the Romulans as we are taken through several seemingly distinct stories.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones walk through the first two issues of the five-part series to learn more about the Federation's follow-up to Memory Alpha, why jet skis aren't just for water anymore, and how much of Worf's character growth on The Next Generation wasn't seen on the screen, but rather in comics. We also discuss why Data is the Master of PowerPoint, why privacy doors were installed on later versions of the holodeck, and why the Federation flagship is being sent to resolve a labor dispute involving a dam.

In our news segment we try to figure out why Star Trek and Planet of the Apes are a perfect match that's long overdue, get some more tidbits from Peter David about a new New Frontier, and touch on the second part of The City on the Edge of Forever from IDW and John Byrne's latest photo comic, Time's Echo.

 

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Star Trek meets Planet of the Apes (3:29)

Peter David confirms new New Frontier (8:03)

The City on the Edge of Forever Part 2 now available (9:20)

John Byrne's Time's Echo now available (11:42)

Sponsor: Audible (14:16)

 

Feature: Intelligence Gathering, Part 1

Lost Stories from TNG Season Five (16:29)

Daystrom One Is ALIVE! (22:32)

Mystery Attackers (32:19)

Another Dam Mission (40:42)

Diplomatic Worf (44:31)

Final Thoughts (53:46)

Closing (56:46)

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 9:26pm MST

67: Beasts and Butterflies Dot Com

Lost Apollo.

With the five-year mission finally underway, IDW's Star Trek Ongoing comics are set to deliver strange new worlds that harken back to the true flavor of The Original Series. Lost Apollo tells the story of an American astronaut from NASA's Apollo program who the Enterprise crew discovers on an alien world nearly 300 years after he lifted off from the moon. (Yes, from the moon… turns out NASA was up to more than the public knew.)

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones take you through the two-parter, penned by Mike Johnson with art by Erfan Fajar, and discuss how it captures the spirit of the original television series so well that it can almost be read as part of the Prime Universe, not just the Abramsverse. We also share our thoughts on the story, imagine the tourism campaign for this distant and colorful world, and try to avoid the details of what Captain Kirk and Carol Marcus are doing in the decon chamber.

In our news segment we run down the 2015 Star Trek books release schedule, ponder why we aren't getting more dedicated Deep Space Nine novels, and take a sneak peak at Fun with Kirk and Spock.

 

News

2015 Star Trek Books Release Schedule (3:35)

Sneak Peak at Fun with Kirk and Spock (21:08)

Sponsor: Audible (26:43)

 

Feature: Lost Apollo

Part 1 (29:53)

Part 2 (50:06)

Closing (1:08:57)

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:00am MST

63: Worfan the Barbarian

The Killing Shadows.

What do you get when you cross Star Trek with G.I. Joe, Xena Warrior Princess, and ancient Japanese culture? Easy. You get WildStorm's four-part comic series The Killing Shadows. Published between November 2000 and February 2001, The Killing Shadows is a story about a mysterious alien invasion force, free will, and fighting. But mostly fighting. It was the second and final dedicated TNG comic series published by WildStorm, and features the return of an unlikely ally.

In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by the crew of Earl Grey—Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx—to discuss this unusual adventure, the telepathic capabilities of Vulcan, Romulans, and Betazoids, questionable Klingon fashion sense, and why you should be careful not to let comic stunt doubles wander into the frame.

In news we find out about Scott Pearson's upcoming TOS eNovella The More Things Change, and take a quick first look at Star Trek Ongoing #33, "Lost Apollo, Part 1."

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:59am MST

56: An Orion West Side Story

Alien Spotlight, Part II.

Have Andorian fight scenes lost their luster? Want an Orion fight scene instead? How about a Romulan troubled by war? We all have our favorite alien races, and in 2007 IDW turned the spotlight on some of Star Trek's most famous aliens with a series of comics that told stories unique to each. In the episode of Literary Treks, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones conclude our look at the first Alien Spotlight series with four more stories about Orions, Vulcans, Romulans, and Gorn. Where do you hide something when you have no pockets? How do you react when a Gorn wants to help you, not eat you? We find out.

In our news segment we discuss new blurbs for Una McCormack's The Missing and Greg Cox's Foul Deeds Will Rise, and find out more about Data's role in Jeffrey Lang's The Light Fantastic.

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

55: We Are Bleeding Blue Tonight

Alien Spotlight, Part I.

Is assimilation your thing? How about a nice fight to the death with ice cleavers? Maybe you prefer a tall glass of kanar? We all have our favorite alien races, and in 2007 IDW turned the spotlight on some of Star Trek's most famous aliens with a series of comics that told stories unique to each. In the episode of Literary Treks, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones take you through three of these stories and discuss a Borg plot to assimilate every life form in the galaxy at birth, Andoria's secessionist movement, and possibly Kira and Garak involved in some Cardassian plot… it's kind of hard to tell.

In our news segment we judge Michael A. Martin's Seasons of Light and Darkness by its cover, unveil yet another cover for IDW's version of "The City On the Edge of Forever," find out more about David Mack's Section 31: Disavowed, and do a beauty pass of Cross Cult's USS Voyager refit. Plus, we try to figure out if Batman is actually working for Section 31.

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

53: More Like an Episode of Flying Circus

The Return of the Serpent.

During The Original Series, Kirk made many life-shattering decisions for civilizations he'd just met. In "The Apple," the discovery of naive humanoids living in a Garden of Eden-like setting on Gamma Trianguli VI was too much for the Captain to take. The people were happy, but they worshipped a god who turned out be a machine named Vaal. And when this machine saw Kirk as a threat, he destroyed it—leaving the People of Vaal in chaos. "Well, there goes paradise," quipped McCoy. End of story.

Or was it? In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Standard Orbit's Drew Stewart to discuss the three-part DC Comics story from 1987 called The Return of the Serpent. The comics tell the story of Kirk's return to Gamma Trianguli VI two decades later and the consequences of his actions in "The Apple"—and does so with the help of a dinosaur.

In our news segment we check in on Una McCormack's upcoming TNG book Home Again, which has been rebranded as a DS9 novel called The Missing, Greg Cox's TOS movie-era novel Foul Deeds Will Rise, and Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann's Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found). We also dig into the collaboration between IDW and Harlan Ellison to bring the original script for "The City On the Edge of Forever" to comics, check out Ryan Williams's Star Trek Lit-verse Reading Guide, and review Star Trek Ongoing #31, I, Enterprise, Part I.

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

50: I'll Never Get Used to a Vulcan Scolding

Spock Reflections.

By the time The Undiscovered Country rolled around, Spock was a wise "old" man who had learned to balanced logic with emotion and intuition. We saw a further evolution of this on The Next Generation in "Unification." And by the time we met Spock in an icy cave the 2009 J.J. Abrams Star Trek, well, he was very wise indeed. But how did he get there when we've seen so many other Vulcans never come close? The explanation might just lie in comic form.

In this episode of Literary Treks, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones explore IDW's four-part Spock Reflections series by Scott & David Tipton to find out what events not shown onscreen influenced Spock's understanding of human friendship and illogical problem solving. Unseen moments from his childhood on Vulcan, post-Amok Time encounters with T'Pring, mentoring Saavik, and secret missions with Pike all played a roll in getting Spock to where we eventually find him. And it all centers around a touching coda to Star Trek Generations.

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

44: I’ll Have the Truffles She’s Having

Slings and Arrows: A Sea of Troubles.

In 2007 Pocket Books decided to honor the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with a six-part eBook series that bridged the gap between the destruction of the Enterprise-D in Generations and the next time we saw the crew on the big screen in First Contact. Penned by J. Steven York, Christina F. York, Phaedra M. Weldon, William Leisner, Terri Osborne, Robert Greenberger, and Keith R.A. DeCandido, these novellas tell the story of the Enterprise-E’s shakedown cruise.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss the first book in the Slings and Arrows series, A Sea of Troubles, and find out what happens with Picard comes face-to-face with the Changeling threat during the lead-up to the Dominion War. We also learn more about Lt. Hawk and how he became part of the crew before he turned up at the helm in First Contact.

In our news segment we bring you two comic reviews as we share our thoughts on the John Byrne photo comic “Strange New Worlds” and go in-depth into IDW’s Khan #3.

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

43: Fifty Shades of Q

Q and Trelane Comics.

Is Trelane a Q? Certainly this was never the intent when Paul Schneider penned the TOS episode “The Squire of Gothos.” But in the years since, the literary world of Star Trek has retconned the good general (retired), endowing him with the powers of the Continuum and a backstory to go with it. But a year before Peter David made Trelane a renegade Q in Q-Squared, Steven Wilson essentially merged him with the Continuum in a comic called “A Little Man-to-Man Talk.” In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones explore this DC comic along with Marvel’s 1998 “An Infinite Jest,” which brings the two omnipotent characters face-to-face. In news we check in on the cover art for Kirsten Beyer’s upcoming Voyager novel Protectors and we review the third part of The Khitomer Conflict comic from IDW.

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

41: How Kirk Kept Screwing Up Our Family

The Best of Klingons.

Continuing their trend of bringing older comics to today’s audience, IDW has combined the original DC Comics Klingons #1-4 with their own five-part Klingon saga from 2007, Blood Will Tell. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones jump into the fray with everyone’s favorite warriors to find out why the galaxy is yet again on the verge of war, debate the merits of the Gorkon Initiative, and find out why Kirk keeps screwing up one specific Klingon family. In news we take a look at a wealth of new imagery from Doug Drexler that gives insight into the new Deep Space 9, and we review the second installment of IDW’s KHAN backstory.

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

40: It’s a Coup d’Yacht!

Ill Wind.

Did you know the Federation has a bi-annual solar sailing race? Neither did we. But they do, and it’s the job of Starfleet’s flagship to oversee event and make sure no one cheats. It’s all part of Ill Wind, a four-part DC comic series from 1995 penned by Diane Duane that not only delivers the fun of TNG but also a message about growing older, past regrets, and new horizons.

In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones join the race as we go through Ill Wind to find out about one of Picard’s favorite hobbies, locate the areas of the 1701-D with the best sensor resolution, and ask why Troi is so sleepy all the time.

In news we find out who will be writing the Data-centric follow up to Cold Equations, learn why the books in the upcoming Seekers series suddenly have titles, check in on the full 2014 slate from Pocket Books, and get an update on IDW’s plans for John Byrne’s photo comic series. 

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

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