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"Connection, Part 2" was the 60th and final issue of IDW Publishing's 2011 ongoing series of Star Trek comics.

DescriptionEdit

BLOCKBUSTER SERIES FINALE! A Five Year Mission = five years of STAR TREK comics! Celebrate the end of the latest chapter in the Enterprise's epic adventures with this all-new story that brings Captains and crews from two different timelines together!

SummaryEdit

Previously in Star Trek 
Two Enterprises—with two crews, matched in name but not appearance—encountered the same anomaly in deep space at the same time. The anomaly caused the minds of the two crews to transfer between their alternate selves. When each ship recovers a probe sent by the other to investigate the anomaly, the mystery only deepens...

In engineering, James T. Kirk, Spock and Montgomery Scott examine the unfamiliar probe with Spock theorizing that the probe came from the alternate Enterprise. In engineering, James T. Kirk, Spock and Montgomery Scott examine the unfamiliar probe with Spock theorizing that the probe came from the alternate Enterprise. Spock explains that thoughts are, on the basest level, nothing more than electrical impulses. As a result of the energy anomaly, the electrical energy of the crew's thoughts have been exchanged with those of their counterparts and the probes are exchanges of matter between the two universes. No sooner has he finished his explanation do he and Scotty shift between universes once again.

In sickbay, Leonard McCoy examines Spock and Scotty but can find no sign of any sort of ailment before Kirk is called to bridge. Leonard McCoy protests against bringing Spock and Scotty with him to the bridge but Kirk insists to needing both their brains on the problem, regardless of which Spock and Scotty they are. On the bridge, Pavel Chekov and Nyota Uhura reveal their theory that the anomaly requires help while Nyota Uhura theorizes that the anomaly is in fact sentient energy. Concurrently, both Uhuras play the message they have deciphered:

"Minds we meet. Minds same. But not same. Trapped with you. We cannot pass. Our infinite lost."
Both crews theorize that the entity has somehow become trapped between the two universes, existing in both universes at once and is affecting an information exchange between both crews. As they set to work freeing the entity, Kirk observes Hikaru Sulu expressing unfamiliarity at his console while Kirk witnesses a lack of familiarity between Spock and Uhura as Hikaru Sulu attempts to deduce the functions of his console. Spock then briefs Kirk on the possibility of using a modified photon torpedo to free the entity before it unleashed an energy burst that returns everyone to their bodies but causes the two bridges to merge together. Both ships fire a torpedo, successfully freeing the entity.

Soon enough, everything has returned to normal with Kirk greeting Janice Rand before commenting to McCoy that the alternate Bones appeared to be in excellent physical condition. Kirk notices with some humour that Spock and Uhura have regained their sense of familiarity. Both captains find however that their computers contain some leftover data from the alternate Enterprise containing everything from schematics to personal logs. Both Kirks decide to lock away the data but are unable to resist taking a peak at the biography of their counterpart and the lives they might have lived. Yet despite all the differences, both Kirks take solace in the similarities and that Starfleet's mission of peaceful exploration exists in both worlds.

In Memoriam Anton Yelchin 1989-2016

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Kelvin timeline 
Pavel ChekovJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura
Primary reality 
Pavel ChekovJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyJanice RandMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Kelvin timeline)USS Enterprise

LocationsEdit

the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants

Shipboard areasEdit

USS Enterprise 
bridge

Races and culturesEdit

HumanVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

FederationStarfleet

Technology and weaponsEdit

starshipwarp engine

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerdoctorensignfirst officerhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commandernavigatorofficerscience officer

Other referencesEdit

energyFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (alternate 2250s)galaxygovernmentgravityhumanoidlifeformnation-stateraces and culturesrankspacestarStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniformtechnologytimetitleuniformuniverse

AppendicesEdit

ImagesEdit

ConnectionsEdit

Stories set in the Kelvin timeline
comics When Worlds Collide: Spock Confronts the Ultimate ChallengeNero (1234) • Starfleet Academy (12345) • Star Trek Movie Adaptation (123456) • IDW Star Trek: Volume 1 (1st story arc: 1, 2The Galileo Seven: 1, 2) • Volume 2 (Operation: Annihilate: 1, 2Vulcan's Vengeance: 1, 2) • Volume 3 (The Return of the Archons: 1, 2The Truth About Tribbles: 1, 2) • Volume 4 (1314Mirrored: 1, 2) • Volume 5 (17181920) • Countdown to Darkness (1234) • Volume 6 (After Darkness: 1, 2, 324) • Volume 7: The Khitomer Conflict (1234) • Khan (12345) • Volume 8 (Parallel Lives: 1, 2I, Enterprise!: 1, 2Lost Apollo: 1, 2) • Volume 9: The Q Gambit (123456) • Volume 10 (Behemoth: 1, 2Eurydice: 1, 2, 3Volume 11 (The Tholian Webs: 1, 2Deity: 12Flesh & Stone) • The Spectrum War (123456) • Live Evil (123) • Reunion (12) • Legacy of Spock (1234) • Connection (12) • Manifest Destiny (1234) • Stranger Worlds (123456) • Boldly Go: Volume 1 (123456) • Volume 2 (789101112) • Volume 3: IDIC (123456)
novels Star TrekStarfleet Academy (The Delta AnomalyThe EdgeThe Gemini AgentThe Assassination Game) • Into Darkness
video games Delta Vega: Meltdown on the Ice PlanetAcademy TrainerCadet Training FacilityD-A-CRace to DestinyThe Mobile GameStar TrekRivals
board games Expeditions live-action shorts Transporter CommercialBrilliant Enterprise CommercialCollision insurance commercialBold Explorers
websites Starfleet ShipyardDossiersExperience The Enterprise apps Star Trek App
prequels in original timeline Countdown (1234)
previous comic:
Connection, Part 1
The Original Series (IDW series) next comic:
Boldly Go, Issue 1

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