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Old January 4 2012, 05:35 AM   #110
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Re: NEW ONGOING STAR TREK SERIES FROM IDW!!!

I didn't enjoy the nuTrek comic take on "The Galileo Seven" as much as I enjoyed the one for "Where No Man Has Gone Before." A lot of the dramatic bite was taken out of the story for former, whereas the latter managed to keep the underlying drama and Kirk's gut-wrenching decision to kill his friend.

In the comic version of "The Galileo Seven," Spock never has his worldview i.e. that command decisions can be arrived at through logic challenged. Boma and McCoy, unlike in the original episode, don't really confront Spock on his choices. There is no powder keg created by their situation or by Spock's "cold logic." Worse is that Uhura's rescue robs Spock's act of desperation, which is the climax of his character arc in the episode.

I understand that the comic had to twist the expectation of the episode since this is an alternate universe, but, in this case, the change undercuts the drama of the story. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting a straight retelling (or rewrite), but this story could've used another issue to flesh out the internal and external conflict.

Moreover, the story had the potential to up the ante by exploring the fact that Spock had been captain in the movie. It's glossed over and given only lip service in a short scene between Spock and McCoy. Which brings me to another problem I had with the story. There was a TNG approach taken to the script. The characters, particularly McCoy and Boma, are rather tame and ho hum compared to the original story. That change totally evaporates the external conflict in this case, opposing worldviews and wants chaffing against each other.
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