Thursday, January 29, 2015

Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Thin Ice"

DC TNG Annual 2

A good story about a past love of Riker's whose ship has been set adrift by robits.

RATING 72%

(Where to place: The fourth season, between the episodes First Contact and Galaxy's Child.)

Star Trek - "A Thousand Deaths"

Marvel TOS Issue 18

Spock and Kirk must prove their undying love for each other so a computer can learn how to feel.

RATING: 62%

(Where to place: Between The Long Night's Dawn and The Wrath of Khan.)

Star Trek: New Frontier - "Fire On High"

The Excalibur finds Lefler's presumed dead mother, and meet some real nice omnipotent meddlers called the Prometheans. Also the Excalibur is pregnant with a space baby.

RATING: 81%

(Where to place: During the Dominion War, between First Contact and Insurrection.)

Enterprise S3E12 - "Chosen Realm"

Some space religious nuts want to take over Enterprise for their holy war, which is probably supposed to be a xenophobic metaphor for radical Islam but I feel works well for radical Christianity, too.

RATING: 72%

Star Trek: Voyager - "Leviathan"

Marvel Voyager Issues 11-12

Voyager meets a powerful alien who... kidnaps... ships. Hmm. Sounds a lot like the pilot of Voyager!

RATING: 40%

(Where to place: During the third season, between Unity and Darkling.)

Star Trek - "The Long Night's Dawn"

Marvel TOS Issue 17

The crew finds another primitive planet, but this time it's used as a criticism of religion holding science back.

RATING: 59%

(Where to place: During Kirk's second five-year mission, between There's No Space Like Gnomes and The Wrath of Khan).

Enterprise S3E11 - "Carpenter Street"

Archer and T'Pol travel back to 2004 era Detroit to stop a Xindi time travel plot. So everybody's just got super easy time travel I guess, cool.

RATING: 62%

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Star Trek - "There's No Space Like Gnomes"

Marvel TOS Issue 16

Sigh - yes the crew fights space gnomes, space trolls, and space goblins.

RATING: 11%

(Where to place: During Kirk's second five-year mission, between The Quality of Mercy and The Wrath of Khan.)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - "Requiem"

Malibu DS9 Issues 8-9

Kira finds evidence that a little Bajoran girl may be living in the station's ducts. Also O'Brien is racist to a Cardassian engineer he has to work with. Get a grip, Miles!

RATING: 58%

(Where to place: Second season, between Necessary Evil and Second Sight.)

Star Trek - "The Quality of Mercy"

Marvel TOS Issue 15

No, Kirk does not turn into Satan, unfortunately, but he does chastise a culture for having the death penalty.

RATING: 55%

(Where to place: During Kirk's second five-year mission, between We Are Dying, Egypt, Dying and The Wrath of Khan.)

Star Trek: Voyager - "Ghosts"

Marvel Voyager Issue 10

Voyager encounters Federation escape pods from Wolf 359 caught in a temporal loop. Can Voyager rescue these strangers we've never seen on one episode of Voyager ever?

RATING: 56%

(Where to place: Season four, between Nemesis and Revulsion.)

Enterprise S3E10 - "Similitude"

When Trip gets KO'd by a splosion they decide to create a sentient clone to steal its brain to save him. Cool, sounds legit.

RATING: 46%

Star Trek - "We Are Dying, Egypt, Dying!"

Marvel TOS Issue 14

Kirk thinks he's the next pharaohs and Uhura is his queen whenever they land on a planet with pyramids and the sphinx.

RATING: 38%

(Where to place: During Kirk's second five-year mission, between Eclipse of Reason and The Wrath of Khan.)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Star Trek: The Next Generation - "The Lesson"

DC TNG Issue 19

Beverly feels old and Wesley is a little snot when Riker subs his high school class.

RATING: 52%

(Where to place: Season three, between The Most Toys and Sarek.)

Enterprise S3E9 - "North Star"

" They vaporized into a mystical love radiation that spread across the universe, destroying many, many planets, including two gangster planets and a cowboy world!"

RATING: 68%

Star Trek - "All the Infinite Ways"

Marvel TOS Issue 13

Yikes, McCoy strikes his grown daughter because she is upset he was a bad father and also because she's marrying a Vulcan. At the end he feels bad about his racism but Spock's like "Don't worry pal! It's part of what makes you you!"

RATING: 6%

(Where to place: During Kirk's second five-year mission, between Eclipse of Reason and The Wrath of Khan.)

Enterprise S3E8 - "Twilight"

This is one of those "what if" episodes where everybody dies (including earth) but we never believe any of it will stick for a second.

RATING: 69%

Star Trek: Voyager - "Dead Zone"

Marvel Voyager Issue 9

Voyager finds an area that drains power and decides not to become scavenger pirate types, which is eerily similar to a season 7 episode, hmm...

RATING: 57%

(Where to place: During the fourth season, between Nemesis and Revulsion.)

Star Trek - "Eclipse of Reason"

Marvel TOS Issue 12

Strong start with some character exploration of Janice Rand that ends with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy fighting gym equipment.

RATING: 37%

(Where to place: During Kirk's second five-year mission, between Firestorm and The Wrath of Khan.)

Enterprise S3E7 - "The Shipment"

Archer finally finds a Xindi who isn't a ridiculous moustache twirling villain.

RATING: 48%

Monday, January 26, 2015

Star Trek - "...Like a Woman Scorned!"

Marvel TOS Issue 11

The Enterprise fights imaginary witches and almost gets crushed by a giant Loch Ness Monster. The plot so nice they did it twice!

RATING: 52%

(Where to place: During Kirk's second five-year mission, between Domain of the Dragon God and Firestorm.)

Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Forbidden Fruit"

DC TNG Issue 18

Wesley makes a science fair project that ends up killing everybody. Ehh, second place.

RATING: 46%

(Where to place: Third season, between Who Watches The Watchers and The Bonding.)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - "Working Vacation"

Malibu DS9 Issue 7

Kira ignites a slave revolt on a resort planet, which is a violation of the Prime Directive. Good for her she has no obligation to follow it!

RATING: 58%

(Where to place: Season one, between Past Prologue and A Man Alone.)

Star Trek: Voyager - "Relicquest"

Marvel Voyager Issues 6-8

Janeway must work with some of those generic early Voyager villains to get a relic that may send Voyager home. Of course, they'd never send Voyager home in a comic so there goes that tension.

RATING: 41%

(Where to place: During the fourth season, between the episodes Nemesis and Revulsion.)

Enterprise S3E6 - "Exile"

A psychic alien Phantom-of-the-Operas Hoshi as Enterprise continues its search for that Death Star they've been looking for.

RATING: 53%

Star Trek - "Domain of the Dragon God"

Marvel TOS Issue 10

Spock and McCoy get caught up in a conflict of space cavemen, all drawn in racist caricatures of Africans. I would've expected this from 70s Gold Key comics (which they never did) but not from 80s Marvel comics.

RATING: 0%

(Where to place: During Kirk's second five-year mission.)

Star Trek: The Next Generation: "I Have Heard The Mermaids Singing"

DC TNG Issues 16-17

The crew acts all nutty as a result of being possessed by energy beings, which clearly ought to be the premise of a Star Trek drinking game.

RATING: 62%

(Where to place - The fourth season, between "The Most Toys" and "Sarek.")

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Enterprise S3E5 - "Impulse"

Still in the space Bermuda Triangle, the Enterprise finds a Vulcan ship adrift in an asteroid belt, a promising premise that quickly devolves into a zombie episode.

RATING: 40%

Star Trek - "Experiment in Vengeance"

Marvel TOS Issue 9

An old Constitution class ship is found being piloted by skeletons, but that'd be too ridiculous! It's piloted by skeletons being possessed by ghosts, silly!

RATING: 65%

(Where to place: During Kirk's second five-year mission.)

Star Trek: The Next Generation - "The Gift"

DC TNG Annual 1

Q takes Picard on a journey through his past and basically says be glad his brother died cuz he woulda been a mass murderer otherwise.

RATING: : 37%

(Where to place: Fourth season, between Best of Both Worlds and Family, though everything about Picard's family here is undone by Family.)

Enterprise S3E4 - "Rajiin"

The crew, still on their mission of vengeance, rescues a slave who seduces everybody on board because she's a spy. The show is essentially, for season 3, 24 in space. I did really like the music for this episode, though, which had a spooky Original Series vibe.

RATING: 31%